Archive for October, 2010
Perhaps one of Hawaii’s most famous haunted sites is Morgan’s Corner. Residing along the now abandoned section of Pali highway on the island of Oahu, the tight hairpin curve is actually one of two sites of that name. Both sites sit at the crest of the curve, marked with a skeletal, moss-covered tree, but the most haunted of the two sits along the Nu’uanu side of the Pali highway.
While most storytellers will tell the tale of an amorous couple parking at the corner for a late night make-out session, only to face a nameless evil spirit that left the boyfriend hanging from the tree above the car, gutted and drained of blood, this is nothing more than urban legend. The real tale of Morgan’s Corner is much less gory, but shocking nonetheless.
In 1948, the body of widow Therese Wilder was discovered in her home on Nu’uanu Pali Rd, bound and gagged. Autopsy revealed that the broken jaw she had sustained, coupled with the cloth tied tightly around her mouth and nose resulted in her death by suffocation. It was later discovered that two escaped prisoners had committed the crime, lured to her home by the smell of cooking food. The news of this crime shocked the community, the memory of her restless spirit permeating the area around her former home, including Morgan’s Corner. People visiting the area often report ghostly sightings and sensations, including cold spots, moving shadows, and disembodied voices.
This video explains the true story behind the legend of Morgan’s Corner and introduces a ghost hunting group that explores it.
The Waial’ae Drive-in Theater was known as a popular spot in Kahala, both for it’s movie selection, and for a spirit that terrifies unwary women in the restroom area. Several years after its opening in 1956, women began reporting an encounter with a ghost whose face is a smooth canvas of skin, often standing in front of the mirror combing her long hair.
One encounter happened in 1965 when a young woman opened the door to one of the stalls to see a woman standing before her with no face hovering above the toilet. Her then-boyfriend then saw her running out of the bathroom screaming, followed by a faceless woman with no legs. A group of friends gathering in the theater in 1965 encountered a large fireball that rose from the ground and circled the parking area several times before flying straight into the screen. There has been no explanation of where the ghostly woman and the fireballs come from, but it is noted that the theater is located next to a graveyard, which is famous for being saturated with the souls of the dead, even more so for Hawaii.
Since its final closing in 1986, the area has become a favorite spot for ghost hunters, cautiously peeking into the women’s rest room for a chance to see the famous ghost.
The ghost is seen all over the island of Oahu as well. From Waikiki, to ‘Ewa beach, even in the boiler room of a Honolulu hospital, it seems the faceless woman is making her presence known all over the islands. No one knows who she is or what she wants, but for those who visit the island of Oahu, it’s best not to go anywhere alone at night, lest she find you.