48-5561A Waipio Valley Road
Status: Natural Wonder; Historical Location
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Waipi’o means curved water in the Hawaiian language.
This valley is on the big island of Hawaii and was the capital and seat of the early Hawaiian Kings. The road down into the valley is the steepest road in the United States; only 4-wheel drive vehicles are allowed to use it.
The shoreline is black sand and many waterfalls pour over the edge into the valley with the biggest one of the back end of the valley.
This valley is haunted by the Hukai’po – The Night Marchers.
Although there have been a few reports of them marching in the day they are most commonly seen at night. The Night Marchers appear to be ancient warriors either marching to or from a battle. They are holding ancient weapons and are dressed in decorated helmets and cloaks. They march to the sound of a beating drum.
They are said to march above of the ground but there have been reports of them leaving footprints behind. They carry torches and are often heard chanting.
Legend says watching the Night Marchers or otherwise attracting their attention is very back luck. Anyone witnessing this paranormal activity is urged to lie on the ground and wait for them to pass. They will not deviate from their path toward living humans.
Many people believe they are forever marching toward an entrance to the next world that they can never find.
Although this valley is the most common place the Night Marchers are found they also can be found other places on the islands.
Hilo on the Big Island
Hokunui on Lanai
Hanapepe on Kauai
Kekaa on Maui
Kahakuloa on Maui
Moanalua on Oahi
This park is famous for having one of the biggest groves of ironwood trees.
The road through this park was built by prisoners shipped over from the prison camps in Honolulu. Most of them were guilty of minor crimes or jailed due to their inability to pay their debts.
This in the 1850’s when this area was very desolate and isolated. There were no records kept of the number of fatalities – nor where they were buried (presumably throughout what is now the park) – but many of them never returned. They worked in hot and humid conditions ripe with tropical diseases and – as the cherry on the sundae – there was no clean water available.
Since then there have been multiple violent crimes in the park including in 1980 when a couple camping in the park were found beat to death outside of their tent, in 1993 a 16 year old schoolgirl was raped by three men and then thrown off a cliff into the ocean while still alive (her body has never been found) and in 2008 when the corpse of a well known surfer who was found by people working on the set of the movie “The Tempest”.
The waves at the park can reach a 40 foot height before crashing into the lava cliffs creating some very treacherous waters. This has led to many drownings in the sea around the park.
This location has paranormal activity dating back to well before European prisoners began building a road and dying from tropical infections. The native population of the Hawaiian Islands long ago realized this area was where lost souls were trapped.
This location is said to be as active in daylight as well as after sunset.
People hiking on the trails frequently report hearing phantom footsteps behind them. A large of amount of etheric energy is constantly apparent and described as being quite eerie and undeniably preternatural.
One witness described seeing someone ahead of them on the trail who waved to them before morphing into one of the park’s famous irontrees.
The park’s campers – especially first time campers – have some of the most frightening stories. Many reports of hearing someone moving around their tents and well as running their hands over the tents and disembodied whispers. Anyone brave enough to leave the tent finds no one outside and all paranormal activity stopped.
Once they went back in the tent it all starts up again.
Now, having spent one particularly disturbing night deep in the Rocky Mountains were something very similar happened, I can tell you it creates some very vivid memories and emotions.
Other people camping have reported being woken in the middle of the night by absolutely bloodcurdling screams coming out of the surrounding woods. Others have reported being choked by an invisible force, having their sleeping bags unzipped by an unseen entity and being dragged right out their tents; again, by something unseen.
There are some very impressive light anomalies including green lights that look like little fires moving around (there are no fireflies on the Hawaiian Islands), what looks like fireballs playing the surf (seen by fisherman from off the coast) before disappearing into the caves on the beach.
There countless photos containing things that considered unexplained to flat out terrifying taken in the park since the invention of photography.
Although the current main hotel building was built in 1941 – with huge additions made in 1958 through 1961 – the first building – a shack for selling snacks to tourists – dates back to the 1840’s. The oldest structure on the property still standing dates back to 1877 and is now an art gallery.
This spot near the Kilauea crater has been used by the aboriginal population for thousands of years. It’s elevation coupled with the northeast trade winds generally blow the poisonous gases out to sea in the other direction keeping this area as a safe place to get close to the crater. Kilauea’s eruptions are usually not explosive – although they can be – adding another layer of safety not usually seen so close to an active volcano.
In 1846 the first structure – made of grass and native wood – to call itself a hotel was built on the land. This building was also the first to use the name Volcano House.
In 1866 the proper wood frame building was constructed with 4 bedrooms, a parlor and a dining room was built. Mark Twain even stayed at this hotel.
In 1877 a new hotel with 6 rooms – the oldest building still standing – was built here. Under new owners it was expanded in 1891 to have 2 storeys and 12 guest rooms as well as a larger dining hall and an observation tower.
Until 1940 the 1891 building was expanded again and again under a few different owners until it housed 112 rooms with the old 1877 building now separate from the main building and used as employee dormitory.
On February 11, 1940 this hotel was burned to the ground; from a kitchen fire not from any volcanic activity.
In 1941 the core of the modern hotel that stands now was opened. It underwent massive renovations from 1958 to 1961 expanding it considerably.
From 1977 to 1986 the hotel was owned by Sheraton Hotels; then until 2008 it was owned by the Ken Direction Corporation.
In 2008 the hotel was evacuated multiple times due to sulphur dioxide eruptions from the volcano.
In 2010 and 2013 underwent renovations for seismic safety as well as updates to both the hotel and restaurant.
Between May and October 2018 the hotel was closed due to earthquakes and explosive volcanic eruptions.
This property, due to it’s proximity to an active volcano, belongs to Pele; the fire and volcano Goddess. She is often seen in the guise of a white dog by lucky guests as they approach the hotel.
She is also seen wandering the property and in the hotel as a beautiful Aboriginal Hawaiian woman in Native dress.
There is also the Pele Curse: no one can remove any rock or sand from the volcano or island or they will suffer very bad luck. Many laugh this legend off, but hundreds of visitors mail back rocks and sand every year in an attempt to escape their sudden terrible luck.
Ignore Pele’s Curse at your own peril.
The hotel is also haunted by an elderly woman who is seen both in the hotel rooms and walking the hallways.