Ep. 105 10/18/19 Lopaka Kapanui

We are so pleased to share with you this episode featuring ghost stories by Lopaka Kapanui–writer of 400 stories as of this episode’s release on October 31!–and the music he’s chosen to go with these works.

Listen to this show for Lopaka’s reading of the famous children’s poem by Edgar A. Guest titled “Being Brave at Night,” and for spiritual fiction and true stories about a young person gone too soon who lingered in the physical realm after her death, a plucky teenager turned exorcist, a cautionary tale about trespassing on protected spaces that triggers a deadly run-in with a guardian moʻo wahine, real-life stalkers, the ghost of Glen Grant, an overview of some of the haunted stops that Lopaka takes folks to during his ghost tours (including spots he personally avoids on Oʻahu), possession, self-care for ghost storytellers, a bonus story about PTSD, canoe chants, and helpful ghosts amid rakshasas in India, the spiritual sovereignty at the heart of the movement to protect Mauna Kea, and more. Enjoy, and sign up for one of Lopaka’s ghost tours already!

ALSO, you should check out Lopaka’s show at the Honolulu Museum of Art’s Doris Duke Theater on Friday, November 1 show, titled “Chicken Skin Curses and Possessions“!


Lopaka Kapanui is a native Hawaiian storyteller, writer, actor, kumu hula, cultural practitioner, husband, father, and grandpa. Sometimes known as “The Ghost Guy,” Lopaka makes a business of leading guests into some of the darkest, spookiest places on the island of Oʻahu.Born and raised on Oʻahu and having spent his childhood summers on Hawaiʻi Island and Maui, frequently with his family, Lopaka grew up hearing all the old legends and ghost stories from his kūpuna, his elders.His family’s legends, history, customs, and protocol were passed down to Lopaka in the traditional Hawaiian way, through moʻolelo, from mouth to ear, sitting at the foot of his mom and his aunty as they related the lessons to him. He learned of the night marchers who only appeared during a particular moon phase. He learned why it is important to never share food with anyone while walking through a haunted place. He also learned the significance of the proper prayers to offer in ceremonial blessings, to enter or leave a sacred place, to ask for protection or forgiveness, or before gathering greenery in depths of a Hawaiian forest, and the importance of intent. Additionally, he was taught that the responsibility that would come with what he was going to inherit would have to, one day, be passed down within his own family. 

Lopaka is Glen Grant’s protege. After Glen’s passing in 2003, Lopaka created his own ghost-story tour business, titled Mysteries of Honolulu. Through continuing this ghost-story tour business, Lopaka follows in the footsteps of his close friend and mentor and honors the man who meant so much to him.

Lopaka is the author of The Legend of Morgan’s Corner and Other Ghost Stories of Hawaii (Mutual Publishing, 2006), Haunted Hawaiian Nights (Mutual Publishing, 2005), and Mysteries of Honolulu (2013). 

You can contact him at mysteries-of-hawaii.com and at hawaii.mysteries@gmail.com



  1. “This Is The End” (instrumental version) by The Doors
  2. LIT: “Being Brave at Night” (Children’s Poem) by Edgar A. Guest
  3. “Make the World Go Away” by Eddie Arnold
  4. LIT: “Hele Aku” by Lopaka Kapanui
  5. “Kauai Beauty” by Gabby Pahinui
  6. LIT: “Tabby Wins” by Lopaka Kapanui
  7. “Crystal Ship” by The Doors
  8. LIT: “Fidem Ferocia


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