Most visitors don't think of Hawaii as a particularly ghostly place and you'll not likely see the state's visitor industry promoting that angle anytime soon.
In fact, however, tales of ghosts, night-marchers, menehune (magical little people) and spirits are found throughout many of the legends that make up much of Hawaii's rich and diverse culture from ancient times to more modern hauntings.
On the island of Oahu, there are two great opportunities to learn more about just how haunted Hawaii may be.
The first, the Haunted Lagoon at the Polynesian Cultural Center, is a highly successful evening tour now in its fifth year. The tour operates every October as the days tick by to Halloween. The Haunted Lagoon takes guests on a double-hulled canoe ride as they explore the legend of the Lady of Laie, her missing son and murdered husband.
Once again, the experience has been updated for 2012 as the PCC presents Haunted Lagoon: Dreams and Nightmares. This is an extremely popular annual event, so make your reservations early. Check their website for discounted tickets.
The second opportunity is offered year-round by Oahu Ghost Tours. Now in their sixth year, Oahu Ghost Tours offers three different tours, including a wonderful nighttime walking tour of some of the haunted places in historic downtown Honolulu. They also offer a once-a-year Orbs of Oahu Graveyard Shift Tour on Tuesday, October 30th.