Do you believe in ghosts? You may be surprised to learn that, depending on which survey you read, anywhere between a third and a half of all Americans do believe in ghosts. A CBS News survey in 2005 found that 48% of Americans believe in ghosts and almost a quarter say that they have personally seen or felt the presence of a ghost.
It is totally understandable then how one of the most popular programs on the Syfy Channel and now in its eighth season is Ghost Hunters. In fact Amy Bruni, Adam J Berry and Britt Griffith of Ghost Hunters have filmed in Hawaii on several occasions.
A Land of Gods, Goddesses, Demi-Gods, Nightwalkers, Mythical Figures and Spirits of All Kinds
Why Hawaii? While for westerners Hawaiian history did not begin until Captain James Cook first stepped foot in what he named The Sandwich Islands in 1778, Hawaiians had been living in these islands for over 1000 years. Hawaiian history, as passed down from generation to generation, is full of stories, legends and lore of gods, goddesses, demi-gods, nightwalkers, mythical figures and spirits of all kinds. For example, a local and the vast majority will insist that Pele, the goddess of the volcano, is real.
In the past 200+ years, people from all over the world have come and settled in Hawaii - Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Samoan and so many more. With them they have all brought their own unique beliefs in the afterlife
Oahu Ghost Tours®
It's no surprise that in Hawaii, Oahu Ghost Tours® found a welcome home in 2007 and has had tremendous success with their various tour offerings ever since. Oahu Ghost Tours® is a a subsidiary of The Real Hawaii Eco-Cultural Excursions, a company that has provided authentic Native Hawaiian eco-cultural excursions on Oahu since 1999.
If you're looking for a tour filled with gruesome stories, that's not what Oahu Ghost Tours® is all about. Their expertise is in sharing "stories" which have been passed for generation to generation. Often times these stories are based on the true historical events took place on the island. You'll find their tours both educational and based in history.
Unlike many areas were ghost tours are only offered in the weeks around Halloween, Oahu Ghost Tours® operates year-round with three different unique tours.
Honolulu City Haunts Night-Time Walking Tour
This tour is available on Thursdays and Saturdays from 7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Hotel pickups start around 6:30 p.m.
The tour starts from Iolani Palace, then you'll be taken a few blocks into downtown Honolulu, stopping at buildings and locations that are supposedly haunted, then back at Iolani Palace.
Your guide, an excellent storyteller, will tell you of the terrible events and not so terrible events that took place, many almost a hundred years ago and many of current day. You'll be able to make your own conclusions about what you see. The Honolulu City Haunts walking tour will cover a little over a mile. Wear comfortable shoes and come with an open mind.
I went on this tour in September 2008 and while I didn't spot any ghosts or orbs while wandering the city at night, it was fun hearing about all the ghosts that still are said to haunt some of the most historic sites. The downtown area is beautiful at night and that alone made the tour worthwhile.
As of October 2013, the cost for this tour is $39 for adults (12 and up) and $29.00 for a child. Children must be at least 7 years old.
Orbs of Oahu Night-Time Driving Tour
This is their most popular "night-time" driving tour. It is available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday nights from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
On this 4+ hour driving tour guests will be taken halfway around the island to visit the same spots that have been spoken of in tales for hundreds of years. The island of Oahu is known for being a supernatural hotspot in the Pacific. There are many grounds to cover on this tour.
The guides, being expert in both cultural and storytelling, will bring you up close and personal to the scariest of all places in the islands including a notorious spot called "Morgan's Corner" which is located on Old Pali Road, a visit to a Heiau (Hawaiian temple) and the Manoa Chinese Cemetery in Manoa Valley.
As of October 2013, the cost for this tour is $59 for adults (12 and up) and $49.00 for a child. Children must be at least 10 years old.
Cultural & Historical Sacred Spirits Day-Time Driving Tour
This is Oahu Ghost Tours' daytime driving tour. It is available Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
It is the perfect tour for repeat visitors to Oahu since it will take you to places you've likely never considered visiting on your own. You'll visit some of the most sacred Native Hawaiian spots on Oahu with your Native Hawaiian guide. Most all are very secluded and not often seen on maps, making them difficult to locate. Oahu Ghost Tours believe that there is much to be learned from these sites, as it's very important to understand why the Hawaiians of the past, and many of present days, so adamantly protect these sites.
You'll learn about the Menehune (the little people), as well as the feared Night Marchers. You'll visit the sites where Pele, the fire goddess, visited. Your guide will explain each of these sites and what makes them so sacred to the Hawaiians. Ecology is a surprise added bonus to this tour, as you will also visit one of Oahu's most beautiful and private waterfalls.
As of October 2013, the cost for this tour is $59 for adults (12 and up) and $49.00 for a child. Children must be at least 7 years old.
Annual Midnight Graveyard Shift Tour
Every October, in anticipation of Halloween, folks look forward to the annual "Orbs of Oahu Graveyard Shift Tour" offered by Oahu Ghost Tours®. The tour is celebrating its 6th year in 2012 on Tuesday, October 30th.
The tour leaves runs from midnight till 4:00 a.m and takes you to some of the most haunted and notorious locations on the island of Oahu. The tour is sold at $66.60 which includes a souvenir T-shirt.
For this special tour, guests must be 15 years old and older. Seats are limited so if you plan on being on Oahu on this date, book your tour early.
For more information and to book a tour, visit the Oahu Ghost Tours® website, visit them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @OahuGhostTours. You can book the tour by calling them at toll free at 877-597-7325, in US (808) 524-4944 or write to them at firstname.lastname@example.org.