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.
We started our investigation within the taped off area of the old nursery, moving into the building with caution and apprehension. It was apparent that whoever had worked there had left in a big hurry. Fires will make people do that...
We sat down at the far end of the building and attempted to make contact with the spirits via our sensitive Marcie. She used a crystal pendulum that would swing in response to her questions. We set up a digital recorder during our questioning to attempt to get an EVP at this time. The IOD40 (Ion Detector), energy probe, and multiple digital cameras were also employed here.
After a few minutes of asking questions, Marcie, being a sensitive, indicated there was a child spirit in the room with us. After further questioning the spirit, Marcie said the child was acting scared, but not of us, scared by another spirit that was at this place. The child told Marcie that the other spirit, named John at this point, was particularly evil-spirited and didn't want any of the children to move on to the light. There's always something keeping the spirits from moving on, and finding out exactly what that is is what we as a group are trying to accomplish.
After conversing with the spirits, and learning what we did, we headed off to investigate the other building on the property where people reported other paranormal activity. KRG's Zach Royer and Marcie Grover snapped these photo before leaving the room where contact was made:
The next part of our investigation took place in the main building, seen below. It definitely looks the part if it proves to be haunted! The first floor is currently in use as a hospice daycare facility for the elderly and there's a pharmacy school that is renting part of the third floor as well. We spoke with a lady from the pharmacy school who was taking a cigarette break behind the building, and she told us she'd heard of the "crying babies" phenomenon.
The following paragraph was taken directly from KRG investigator Jason Obenchain's notes:
"Back of building A, spoke with woman that works for UH pharmacy school. She mentioned that she was aware of the crying babies and that the fire that occurred on the property happened a long time ago. She spoke of a female janitor that no longer worked there that had paranormal experiences."
Following the nursery, and after an initial walk around the entire complex, we felt it was time to move inside. After checking in for the final time, we made our way past the employee area of the hospice facility, which was on the way to the stairwell leading to the upper floors.
Here we thought it best to ask permission from any spirits to go further with our investigation out of respect. Jason employed his digital recorder and Marcie with a pendulum and her sensitive abilities. No sign or word was given for us to leave, so we moved on. After asking permission, we went upstairs where we found only locked doors. It seemed the investigation was quickly coming to an end... However, after another check of the door handle, one of the locked doors unlocked somehow..leading to a section of the building we never planned to investigate. Jason is a security guard outside of the group, so he's very familiar with checking door handles. He was genuinely intrigued when the door opened after he had just checked it.
Did something unlock the door for us to continue? We honestly feel the answer is yes! There could be a number of reasons for the door to open, one being the age of the hardware. It is an old building, so the possibility of failed hardware exists. Either way, the investigation continued.
The images below of a face in the background were taken in the hallway behind the door that was locked. An EVP was also recorded here, but may not be suitable for posting because it contains racial profanity (the n word), verified by multiple people. If you are with another paranormal group and would like a copy of that EVP for further analysis, please contact us. A write up from Sensitive/Investigator Marcie describes the EVP entirely:
Although the whole site is nice and active, I had the best contact with a spirit in the third floor of the occupied building. Using a crystal pendulum I conducted an EVP session on the third floor landing (pictured above). I made contact with a man whom I believe to have worked there in the late 40s or early 50s. I believe his name is Jim or Jimmy, most likely a WWII veteran who stayed in after the war. I sensed a tall, slender fellow in coveralls holding a mop. As usual, I was informing the spirit of "current events" such as Hawaii being a state and a man from Hawaii was actually the President now. Just after I said "and the good news is he's a black man" a distinct male voice was captured on the digital recorder muttering a racial epithet "he's a n****". As unfortunate as that is, it backs up my sense that Jim was indeed most likely a product of the segregated armed forces of WWII where racism was unfortunately rampant.
Conclusion: At no time during our investigation did anyone hear any crying babies, but let it be noted we were investigating during non-normal hours (normal hours for paranormal investigations are between 10pm - 2am). We had to investigate during the day because of permissions - but feel a nighttime investigation would yield stronger results. The door unlocking on the third floor was particularly strange, leading to us capturing an EVP, but nothing super conclusive. The overall feeling of the place is eery, just as you would expect it to be, but that doesn't make it haunted.
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I believe this cause I myself experience on a sat or sunday at 11:00pm I was siting in my friends car talking stories and seen a young girl and a young boy playing they were chasing each other of the and the ran in back of the building which was dark and they disappeared I didn't hear or see anything after I was scared and left, My nephew went there at night and also seen the same boy and girl so I know for a fact it's haunted!!
1/8/2014 06:14:20 am
I've been in that building before, middle of the night. Some shit went down on that 3rd floor and we couldn't make it up to the last floor. I'd love to see what reports you have.
1/12/2014 08:31:19 am
Me and a bunch of my friends went there around 7ish 8, We went in twice. The first time we went in we heard a toy playing it didn't have any batteries and it looked pretty old to me, then we went to the first floor and we heard a girl laughing so we got scared and ran out.The second time we went in we went all the way to the third floor something was telling us to open the emergency exit, luckily we did.. While we were on the top of the staircase we were looking into the dark hall, and an old lady wearing a purple dress with black hair in her face she was a holding a silver pipe, my friends girlfriend screamed and I guess it made her upset, then all we felt is a great force push us down the stairs and I was the last one on the staircase that force was so strong we were stuck and we couldn't get up, my shoulder was against the wall, the wall was breaking and we finally got up and ran out of the emergency exit. Funny thing is my friend lost his slippers while we went down the stairs and my other friend was wearing shoes and it came off. So they wanted to go back inside after that I just waited for them with my other friends as they went back inside, I thought they were pretty fucking dumb for doing that, but when they came back they said they went inside and this time they heard a lot of spirits practicing like demonic shit so they ran out. & We recently went back again just the other day, and their slippers were outside of the door, like they knew we were gonna come back for it..But we didnt take it. It was really sketchy.
4/15/2014 02:08:32 pm
This is really cool. I haven't personally experienced any babies crying either but when me and several friends went there when I was small we did see what looked like faces peering out of the windows. That was pretty spooky.
Wow, sounds spooky Sadie!
5/21/2014 10:43:22 am
Did you guys get to go into the basement of the main building? (Its said to have been a morgue but im not positive about that) if you walk in the front entrance its to the left, there will be a stair well. I used to go to work with my sister there &experienced a lot of strange things. But down in that basement was the scariest experience ive ever had. I never want to go back there again. I "met" a girl there also but she wasn't a young child. She was 15 or 16 and Beautiful, with ginger hair. She made it apparent that there was a bad man. Don't know if that was him in the basement but whatever it was, was very bad. ive seen a lot there and I always think about that girl when I pass by... Just wanted to share. Aloha
7/27/2015 05:53:27 am
After reading this article my father had mentioned that the psych unit was also located in the basement of the building. He said he used to go with my great grandmother to visit his aunt who was a resident in the unit. He described it as "an old dungeon". He said it was cold, wet and dark. He said it was very scary to go there.
7/27/2015 11:59:57 am
There was a morgue in the basement... My brother and I went in there when it was still a hospital!!!
1/31/2015 07:31:41 am
Hearing the "n" word in those days wasn't necessarily a bad word like it is in todays 20th century. It's mostly likely a positive response.
2/13/2015 03:14:28 am
6/20/2015 07:48:59 am
Did you verify that there was a fire a long time ago? There is no record of the fire, and having been born in the old Hilo Memorial Hospital and growing up in the town, if there had been a fire and the babies and nurses died, beleive me it would have been the talk of the town and well documented. Hilo is too small and quiet to not know about a tragedy of that magnitude. Please do repond to the verification that the tragedy actualy did occur.
7/25/2015 09:57:15 am
I don't believe any of this and I can speak with confidence about this cause I do general sanitation @ the adult care which is located in this building every night
7/26/2015 03:38:23 am
U better run! Haul Ss
7/25/2015 11:18:29 am
Try checking the aftermath of the tidal wave victims in 1941 and 1960. Where bodies were kept at the old HMC morgue.
after the 1960 tsunami, my parents went looking for relatives that we couldn't locate. At that time, the only morgue was at the old Pumaile Hospital. There were many bodies of the tsunami lying face down, outside the back of the hospital. All were covered in mud...one was an infant in a white dress. I was 6 at the time and remember it vividly.
7/27/2015 08:09:34 am
The morgue at the Hilo Memrial is located all the way in the rear. When you drive around back and pass under the covered walkway, the walkway is to the morgue. The morgue could only hold 7 bodies. The remainder of the bodies from the 41 tsunami were held @Suisan. What later became Fruit Processing. KRG should investigate that place. Part of it burnt down also recently. I think about 2 years ago. The Main Office and part of Fruit Processing is gone. Ask the workers about "the Smoking Man". The Fruit processing area was boarded up after several employees were pelted by unexplained flying fruit.
7/25/2015 04:59:42 pm
I used to work for a company who stored their products in a building in back of the main one. It was really eerie going in there,particularly by myself. I felt that I was not alone & like I was being watched. The air also felt thick. I feel that being around that hospital with what happened in the past & what is going on now,there is paranormal.
7/27/2015 08:19:03 am
Was that storage in the old Maintenance Shop? That's the building all the way in the back, right next to the gulch for the Wailiku River. I use to go and pick warabi back there. Always had a feeling of being watched though. Like someone was looking out one of windows, even if the was plywood instead of glass
7/25/2015 06:17:14 pm
Between 06-07 My Alternative School Was There We Was Located In Da Basement Some Days We Would B In Skool Really Early N Some Times Late At Night I Never Witnessed Anything But It Always Felt Eery
7/26/2015 04:53:54 am
I worked there 30 years ago on the third floor, the former men's ward. The janitor at the time, we called Papa. He was 91 years old and he still was very sharp witted and drove. He wore overalls on occasion. Very nice man. He had been the janitor at here for a long time.
7/26/2015 06:06:15 am
Still wrk there ! Beens 7yrs now. Yes my clients seen children n hearing babies crying on my wrking hrs. Clients see n talk to sprirts while usings the bathroom! While playing balloon toss with clients we see n hear balloon burst in pure air ect. !
7/27/2015 05:10:03 am
I went there one night with 4 friends and after talking for about 5 minutes we heard footsteps coming from the building. We looked around and saw a light glowing on the side of the building and about 20 feet from where we were standing we saw something moving in the bushes. Wasn't an animal of any sort.....we booked it back to the car and when we were leaving my friend and I looked back and saw a black shadow looking out the window from the top of the old hospital. Talk about creepy first n last time going there.
7/27/2015 05:18:30 am
im interested in joining your group. How do I go about doing it.
7/27/2015 07:12:17 am
Abiut 15 Years or so ago very late at night a bunch of us (8-10people) went in both buildings. First it's was the back building and I remember stepping on lots of paper ALL over through out the building on the floors and there was also a old large piano...(is that still there?) which was still working! One of my friends started playing it and we all kinda got freaked and ran out. Didnt hear no babies or anything of that sort. Then headed into the main 3 story building. As a bunch of us headed up the stairs we all heard a door slam, got freaked out but still continued on and then reach the 2nd floor (I think) and I remember all of us checking the doors & all doors we're locked. Except one, it had a filing cabinet in it and one of my friends started looking in it. I remember it just felt so eerie and idk what or why we ended up leaving but I know we were all running back down the stairs out of the building for SOME reason. This was almost 2 decades ago, you know still young and curious. However that was the only time I've been there... don't think I'd have the guts to go again.
Yes, the piano is still there
8/2/2015 07:22:34 am
7/27/2015 07:52:00 am
10/29/2015 11:56:06 pm
My girlfriend went up there and took pictures on her phone during the day from the outside of that building and guess what there was a spooky old man looking out one of windows in the picture! He looked like that old preacher man in the movie poltergiest had the same type of clothes and all with the craziest grin thats was so clear and in the other window had two children both looking scared...I told my girlfriend to erase that shit but that picture was scary as hell! Still get chicken skin thinking about it....that place is definitely haunted by both evil spirits and by the looks of it scared children spirits that want to go up but that bad one keeps them there! Some priest should go send the scared looking kids spirits up and send that bad guy down to hell...brah he was scary in the picture!
12/11/2015 10:06:22 am
Back in either 1996 or 1997 when I was in HS at Waikea, we used to check out some scary places for fun. We went to Baby's Cry a few times and this was before everyone had a cell phone with a light, so it was pretty dark. We didn't hear baby's crying either, but the place was pretty damn scary.
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10/10/2017 05:38:15 am
Born and bread in Hilo I believe at the time something was not right. My brother gordon and I was babysitting and was on the front stop playin music when we heard babies crying coming from the hospital. .was so real..The Peace Corp was living in the bldg next to the hospital so I would babysit their little girl. ..Soooooo, dunno
3/27/2019 12:21:36 pm
I just went to the back building with 8-10 of my friends at around 11 at night. We were on the trail and I was leading them. As I checked to make sure nobody was in the building (I was a 6 feet from it) i heard something on the left of me in the bushes about 4 feet from me. So i told everyone to shut up. Then right when i said that the bushed started rattling and rushing me. Then it stopped about 2 feet away but kept rattling the bushes which is when i started running out. As i was running out i dropped my phone and my friend lost her shoe. So i went back to where the rattling was and i checked for like trampled bushes to see if there was a trail from a but there was no trail. And a pig wouldve made noise and it definitely wouldnt have stopped rushing. Later on after talking about it my friends in the back said they heard a tree fall and it was very loud. But the people who were with me couldnt hear it at all. My friends in the back said it was so loud they dont know how we couldnt hear it. Please reply
3/27/2019 12:45:08 pm
3/27/2019 05:45:10 pm
Can we communicate through email?
3/27/2019 05:34:11 pm
I just went to the back building with 8-10 of my friends at around 11 at night. We were on the trail and I was leading them. As I checked to make sure nobody was in the building (I was a 6 feet from it) i heard something on the left of me in the bushes about 4 feet from me. So i told everyone to shut up. Then right when i said that the bushed started rattling and rushing me. Then it stopped about 2 feet away but kept rattling the bushes which is when i started running out. As i was running out i dropped my phone and my friend lost her shoe. So i went back to were
9/17/2019 01:07:26 am
Just went there this past weekend in broad daylight. I saw some shadows moving in the original 3 story building in the second floor of the east wing. A friend and I checked out the back where we found an entrance of what seemed to be an office of some kind. After looking around more, we went back to Hilo and I recognized 3 ghost bites on my left leg. What should I do about this?
7/16/2020 02:13:32 am
My husband and I used to live on the Big Island of Hawaii and we've passed by the Hilo Memorial Hospital several times in the past. One day, we decided to go exploring in the late afternoon/ early evening and started walking behind the property on the back road. Not long after, things started turning weird. My husband claimed he saw the ghost of an injured soldier appear in front of him. I didn't notice the soldier but we BOTH noticed a frail woman in a white hospital gown start walking towards us in slow movements. At first I thought it was a prank until I noticed this woman with long, limp, raven hair and no visible face was not only keeping pace with us but catching up to our speed-walking despite appearing to be moving very slowly. Needless to say, we both looked at each other, took a deep breath, and bolted ourselves as far away from the hospital as possible
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