Hawaii, Islands of Strangeness and Charm
Hawaii has become synonymous with paradise. But there's more to Hawaii than sugar white beaches, awe-inspiring volcanoes, thirty foot high surf and stunning blood red sunsets. There's also a dark side to paradise. Look beyond the obvious, and you might just find something a little different, a little out of place, or even a little odd. Welcome to the strange side of Hawaii.
1. The Man Who Didn't Foresee His Own Death
2. The 1st Wives Club(bed to Death)
Some might think this seems like blatant discrimination against the rights of the first wife - may she rest in peace.
3. Death at Morgan's Corner
Morgan's Corner became infamous during a period stretching from the 1930s through to the late 1950s. The area, once considered to be a hangout for drinking and for lovers to have some alone time, soon became something more notorious. One night, a couple had parked their car under a tree. A little time later when it was time to leave, their car wouldn't start. So, the man left his girlfriend in the car and told her to lock the doors, while he and went to look for help. The night was windy and when she heard the sound of something dripping on the car roof, she assumed it be rain. A short while later, she heard scratching on the roof and thought it was the branches of the tree under which the car was parked. Although, initially concerned about the noises, she eventually fell asleep. She was later awoken by the police knocking on the car window. They told her to get out of the car and walk towards the police car and not look back. However, she couldn't resist looking back. To her horror, she saw the body of her boyfriend hanging from the tree by his feet, with his head sliced from ear to ear. What she had thought was rain was actually his blood dripping on the car roof. And the tree scratching the roof was really his fingernails as his body swayed in the wind.
4. The Green Lady Child Stealer
5. When is a Lava Field not a Lava Field?
Since Sept. 11, 2001, the facility has been locked down tighter than a drum and virtually no civilians are granted access. This magnificent feat of engineering rivals the Hoover Dam, Eiffel Tower, and the Panama Canal as an important historic landmark.
6. The Niihau Incident
The island first came to the attention of the outside world as a result of the ‘Niihau Incident'. This occurred in December 1941, when an Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service pilot named Shigenori Nishikaichi crash landed his Zero fighter plane on Niihau after participating in the attack on Pearl Harbor. While it's not known exactly how he died, it is known that he was killed by the less-than-welcoming inhabitants of the island.
Today, Niihau has no paved roads, no running water, no cars, no stores, no restaurants, no doctors, no police, no fire department, no internet, no smoking and no drinking. The residents live off the land and grow their own fruit and vegetables. They still hunt with ropes and knives and fish with spears and nets. The 70 square mile island's sandy beaches see more animal than human footprints.
7. Watch out for the Menehune, or be turned to Stone
What makes the Menehune notable is their alleged almost supernatural ability to construct anything within an astonishingly short space of time. Today, they're probably best known for the Menehune Ditch on Kauai. This is a stone cut irrigation ditch that carries water from the Waimea River. What makes it interesting is that it's considered an ancient engineering masterpiece because the rocks used in its construction have been carefully squared and smoothed to create a watertight seal, without the use of mortar. Perhaps even more intriguing is the tunnel into which the ditch discharges water. At its highest, the tunnel is a little over two feet high and so an average adult of today would have trouble even crawling through it.
Legend also tells that if the Menehune were ever disturbed whilst building, they would drop their tools and immediately disappear, never returning to finish their work. And the person who interrupted them would be turned to stone where he, or she stood.
8. The Curse of Pork on the Highway
So what, you may ask. What is a volcano goddess going to do to me? Well assuming you're travelling in a car, she will cause the engine to fail and it won't restart while there's pork in the car. As soon the pork is gone, the car's engine will fire up, like it's just been serviced. So, then next time you're on Ohau, and a feel like a portion of baby back ribs for the road, think again!
9. The Terror of the Night Marchers
It is said that their arrival is heralded by a foul stench of death and that when their procession begins it must never be interrupted by the living. Should you make eye contact with a Night Marcher, then legend dictates that you too shall be taken to the other side.
To protect against certain death, you must hide or lie silently on your stomach and show total respect. If you fail to do this, then your only hope is that a past relative of yours is marching among the Night Marchers and if he acknowledges you, then your life may be spared.
10. The Curse of the Lava
At a distant point back in time, Pele discovered that sailors from foreign ships were taking lava rock from the island back with them on board ship. So, angered was she by this, that she put an eternal curse on any visitor who takes rock or sand away from the Hawaiian Islands. The curse states that if they do so, then they will suffer bad luck until they return all of the native Hawaiian materials back to the islands.
Down the years, various local people have cast doubt on the validity of the curse, but each year, tons of material is returned by mail to the island. These parcles and packages are sent by former tourists who, having left the islands, are now desparate for their bad fortune to be reversed by the vengeful goddess.