A few weeks ago, one of our members wrote an article for a travel magazine consisting of the 52 most supernatural places on the Big Island. We've been allowed to re-post the article in its entirety on our Case Log, with the list arranged in a slightly different order than the original, and including new photos and video.
Q: How many of these places have you heard about, or been brave enough to visit? Leave your comments below.
King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel – Local legend claims that the top floor of this hotel is haunted. People have reported hearing footsteps, chanting, and battle cries. Some even claim to see ancient Hawaiian warrior apparitions. The reason for this haunting seems lie in the fact that this area is where King Kamehameha lived out the end of his life. On the bottom floor of the hotel, in the gallery, there are a row of oil paintings, one being a rendering of Queen Liliuokalani. The unsmiling picture appears to breathe in and out while glaring; leading some to believe the painting itself is haunted.
Saddle Road – Saddle Road is known for its fair share of the supernatural. Similar to Oahu’s “Pork over the Pali” story, legend says if you carry pork over Saddle Road, now called Daniel K. Inouye Highway, your car may break down or you might experience something supernatural. Some people on the island think that if you see a young girl, especially if she is wearing a red dress, it is the spirit of Pele, the goddess of the volcano. People say they have seen a lone hitchhiker on Saddle Road. Legend says if you see her, you should always pick her up.
Hilo Memorial (“Crying Babies”, “Babies Cry”) – In an old hospital in Kaumana, Hilo, the hallways of an old burned down hospital sometimes resound with distant, surreal cries. Years ago, a fire scorched the hospital nursery and there were many victims. The shell of the old hospital building still stands, as do the restless souls of the poor victims who still haunt it to this day. Click here to read my investigation report from a previous visit to this location.
Kahuna Research Group recently visited the old Hilo Memorial Hospital and what remained of the original nursery after an intense fire occurred there in the past, fatally injuring both nurses as well as infants. Nothing says paranormal hotspot like an old hospital, especially one where many traumatic deaths took place. Nowadays, people report hearing the faint cries of babies thought to have passed in the blaze. We decided to investigate to see if we could record any crying sounds on film - and to see if anything else catches our attention.
Strangeusa.com, a website that claims to have the ultimate collection of the strange, writes this about the old hospital:
"Located in Hilo town at the site of the old hospital in Kaumana. Pass the old basketball court; take the access road around the main building to the rear parking lot. Years ago the old nursery broke out in flames burning the nurses as well as the infants. You can hear babies crying through the halls and strange noises all around you. There are definitely spirits there."
For a paranormal team that is relatively new to the scene, this seemed like the perfect place to investigate. It would give us some additional training as well as more of a perspective on what we might have to deal with in the future as the Big Island's premier paranormal research group. KRG member Jason previously contacted the current hospital administration and got our group permission to spend the afternoon investigating the grounds - something we always try to do.
Upon arriving at the hospital, we checked in with the staff and let them know we were about to begin. There are many buildings on the property. The main building can be seen in the picture above, and the old nursery building to the right of the main building seen below. Today, only remnants of the burned down nursery remain. We thought it was peculiar how the remains were not completely removed from the property, demolished like you'd think they would be. We started with the old burned out nursery which was the main reason we were there, but eventually explored the other buildings as well.
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