By Zach Royer
When KRG visited MacKenzie State Park in 2013, we had our fair share of paranormal activity take place: lights on our ion detector blinking in response to our yes or no questions, a few reasonable spikes on the Mel Meter and even a few phrases on the Spirit Box.
But the most substantial piece of evidence we collected had to be this sequence of three photos that I took of what appears to be an apparition forming right before the camera.
What we didn't record on film was our 30 minute conversation with a spirit named Louie, whom, according to our sensitive, died from poor conditions during the construction of the park. It's a well documented fact that prison laborers were used to build the park.
Our group revisited the park a couple months after our first initial visit, and spent the night. The park has really nice new campgrounds and new facilities, great for a weekend getaway, so our stay was actually quite pleasant.
A detailed account of the full investigation can be read here: http://www.kahunaresearchgroup.org/case-log/krg-investigates-mackenzie-state-park
Overnight Campout at MacKenzie State Park
If you would like to join us for an overnight "investigation slash camp out" at MacKenzie State Park, we're planning on taking groups once a month to the park for a night of history and mystery. Explore MacKenzie with real paranormal investigators! Who knows what we'll capture on film this time?!
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MacKenzie State Park, located in Opihikao on the scenic Red Road that follows the rugged Puna coastline, is said to be one of the most haunted places on the Big Island.
This park is named after a young ranger that planted the ironwood trees in the park and died in 1938. It has a slightly checkered history, including unsolved murders and huaka'i pō* (nightmarchers).
The park was built by prison convicts in the late 1850s, during the height of the sugar plantation era in Hawaii and the convicts - mostly plantation laborers who committed crimes - were shipped over from Honolulu’s prison camps. Working under the unforgiving conditions of an isolated area, the convicts cleared the thick rainforest and removed large lava rocks to level the park’s ground. Many of them succumbed to the hot humid climate, lack of sanitized water, and outbreak of diseases. There are no records of where their bodies were buried, presumably somewhere in the park.
MacKenzie State Park was unfortunately the scene of several terrible crimes. In 1980, a young couple was camping in the park when they were attacked and severely beaten outside their tent during the night. Their bodies were found by other campers the next morning, the man was dead and the woman was barely alive. No arrest was ever made and the crime still remains a mystery to this day. In 1993, a 16-year-old highschool girl was kidnapped and raped by three men. After beating the victim unconscious, the three men disposed of her body over the cliff in the park. The men were later arrested and according to their confession, the victim was still alive when they threw her into the ocean. Her body was never found. Most recently, in 2008, while filming the movie “The Tempest” (by Miramax, with Helen Miren and Djimon Hounsou) on location at MacKenzie State Park, the film’s cast and crew discovered the bullet-riddled body of a well known local surfer at the bottom of the sea cliff.
There are also many reports of drowning accidents at the park. Most victims were unwary fishermen who got swept away by big waves and strong currents. During high surf periods, the crashing waves can get 30-40 feet high above the cliff, washing everything (large chunks of rock and even a few ironwood trees!) into the ocean. The bodies of drowned victims are rarely recovered in these treacherous waters.
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