Ghosts Next Door

Ghosts Next Door
by Lopaka Kapanui

Sep 30, 2018

100 Ghost Stories Counting Down To Halloween 2018 #31

BIND

Damp strips from the bark of the Mai'a or banana plant was used to wili or bind the delicate ferns and flowers into place.

Sep 29, 2018

100 Ghost Stories Counting Down To Halloween 2018 #32

CLOSE TO THE SKIN


I am hateful of occasions like these because they bring out the worst in people.

Sep 28, 2018

100 Ghost Stories Counting Down To Halloween 2018 #33

HEY, LITTLE SISTER WHO'S THE ONLY ONE?


Alan and Piker opened their eyes and found themselves on the floor of Alan’s workroom.

Sep 27, 2018

100 Ghost Stories Counting Down To Halloween 2018 #34

WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?



"No, wait we're wrong," Piker was obviously frustrated at himself.

Sep 26, 2018

100 Ghost Stories Counting Down To Halloween 2018 #35

HEY, LITTLE SISTER 

In a sea of sailor moon uniforms, one could pick her out of the hundreds of schoolgirls who crowded the food court at Ala Moana shopping center.

Sep 25, 2018

100 Ghost Stories Counting Down To Halloween 2018 #36

THE LAST BREATH

The grass was so well manicured that most of the participants who sat in a large circle naturally assumed that it was astro-turf.

Sep 24, 2018

100 Ghost Stories Counting Down To Halloween 2018 #37

THE MAN

I remember the man who rented out a room from us. He did not flinch when my mother informed him of the monthly dues in rent.

Sep 23, 2018

100 Ghost Stories Counting Down To Halloween 2018 #38

COMFORTABLY NUMB


Pettiness is something I have no stomach for. With that said and firmly understood, a letter written in pink glittered ink filled a page with a kind of dribble that only teenagers use with which to communicate their underdeveloped feelings.

Sep 22, 2018

100 Ghost Stories Counting Down To Halloween 2018 #39

HULI HULI

It took Clark's death to realize that she and her husband and everyone else were the ones at fault.

Sep 21, 2018

100 Ghost Stories Counting Down To Halloween 2018 #40

WHO ELSE TO SEE?


Someone was in my room. You know that because you wake up from a dead sleep, well at least I woke up from a dead sleep. It was the shuffling feet that did it.

Sep 20, 2018

100 Ghost Stories Counting Down To Halloween 2018 #41

LONG DAY 'TIL NIGHT


We both dared ourselves then we dared each other. That's what brothers do after all, especially when neither one wants to employ any common sense and chicken out.

Sep 19, 2018

100 Ghost Stories Counting Down To Halloween 2018 #42

PE'E


Laying low and out of sight was not a choice Kory Hanlan had. It was either that or be found out and be arrested or be found out by the locals which may have been even worse.

Sep 18, 2018

100 Ghost Stories Counting Down To Halloween 2018 #43

TABBY WINS


It was the unnerving silence which felt like an unwelcome stranger in her hotel room that woke her. Whether blatant or residual she'd become accustomed to the constant presence of noise in one form or another on 'O'ahu.

Sep 17, 2018

100 Ghost Stories Counting Down To Halloween 2018 #44

TABBY NEEDS A WIN


Spring was an ironic time for a break from school considering that spring was a season when life grows anew after the passing of what would be called fall and winter in the mainland.

Sep 16, 2018

100 Ghost Stories Counting Down To Halloween 2018 #45

HOW TO LOVE HIM FINI


TABBY


" I asked him why he never hit on me or tried anything," Tabby looked out of the office window while her father sat there and did his best to listen.

Sep 15, 2018

100 Ghost Stories Counting Down To Halloween 2018 #46

HOW TO LOVE HIM II


The windshield on the 1966 Chrysler Imperial crown was like a mirror reflecting the branches of the gold shower trees above it.

Sep 14, 2018

100 Ghost Stories Counting Down To Halloween 2018 #47

HOW TO LOVE HIM PART I


The morning gifted Boy with a soothing breeze which carried a few dry leafs from a nearby tree which hovered over the florist's shop.

Sep 13, 2018

100 Ghost Stories Counting Down To Halloween 2018 #48

WASH


Our (inclusive) culture has long since we have known, had names for an endless amount of differing rains. That’s what also makes our culture unique; we hardly have one Hawaiian word that is a blanket definition for all words.

Sep 12, 2018

100 Ghost Stories Counting Down To Halloween 2018 #49

WILLY MACK


His full name was William Howard Macky but he used to go by Willy Mack. Now, I’ve already mentioned the words “was” and “used” so if you’ve caught on to that then you’ve figured out how things are going to fare for Mr. Macky.

Sep 11, 2018

100 Ghost Stories Counting Down To Halloween 2018 #50

WILD NIGHT


I took a left turn on Alakea when I noticed the late model Cadillac parked in front of the Mandalay restaurant with its four ways on.

Sep 10, 2018

100 Ghost Stories Counting Down To Halloween 2018 #51

BEAUTIFUL ZION


I was very much involved in getting into my car and heading back to my hotel room in Manchester. Not England, but New Hampshire.

Sep 9, 2018

Sep 8, 2018

100 Ghost Stories Counting Down To Halloween 2018 #53

#106


My life was always like swimming in the shallow end of a pool, where I was too afraid to venture any deeper because I’d gotten used to the life that I was told I was supposed to have.

Sep 7, 2018

100 Ghost Stories Counting Down To Halloween 2018 #54

OUR HOUSE


Irwin Ramento leaves this house every day, it’s what is required of him as part of this care home. The residents are to be out of the house for most of the day except for lunch and dinner.

Sep 6, 2018

100 Ghost Stories Counting Down To Halloween 2018 #55

MANGO LURE


I wondered who he was and what the circumstances were that brought to this present moment? He was older than me or maybe it was being homeless that aged him?

Sep 5, 2018

100 Ghost Stories Counting Down To Halloween 2018 #56

HOPENA


"Are you the one who attached poems to pictures that people sent you of Facebook?"   The person in the message asked.

Sep 4, 2018

100 Ghost Stories Counting Down To Halloween 2018 #57

KEPT IN THE DARK


Five persons on the ghost tour tonight, three local people. Local Japanese guy and his middle eastern looking girlfriend or wife. Their friend is a hapa haole guy whose features are intrinsically Japanese but he's got freckles on his cheeks and a full head of red curly hair. The other couple is European but I can't really place the origin of the accent.

Sep 3, 2018

100 Ghost Stories Counting Down To Halloween 2018 #58

UNDERSTAND


I don't understand the attraction to rap music and it's sampled beats and it's constant need to emphasize its point with the 'F' word in every other sentence.

Sep 2, 2018

100 Ghost Stories Counting Down To Halloween 2018 #59

INAZUMA II


The ride from the main station was a long drive and Corey was blindfolded the second he got into the back seat of a 1966 Chrysler Imperial Crown.

Sep 1, 2018

100 Ghost Stories Counting Down To Halloween 2018 #60

INAZUMA


It was Netflix night at the Higashi home. Alan and Yulianna sat on the couch while Alan's childhood friend Piker Teruya sat on the large rattan chair.