Supernatural Stories of Kaua'i Island collected by William K. Kikuchi

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Anyone born and/or raised in these Hawaiian Islands is bound to have heard stories of ghosts, demons, giants and heroes. As anywhere else in the world, supernatural tales are very and popular as entertainment and used as cautionary legends for the young. 

So it is common to have older adults telling these stories to children or teenagers. In the multi-ethnic, multi-racial and multi-religious society that is Hawai'i, a great number of tales have originated by each immigrant group and has since been embellished, changed, or integrated with legends from other cultures.

The unusual cultural feature today is that all immigrant groups are becoming culturally Hawaiian. Hawaiian is the base culture; American or Western Culture was always seen as a more aloof, standoffish and elite, therefore the incoming immigrants learned the native language, intermarried with Hawaiians and today refer to themselves as Local. The legends of these islands reflect this.

The following series of tales primarily of Kaua'i and Ni'ihau Island reflect the rise of a Local culture. There are roughly five categories of tales. Explore and Share with Us the Supernatural Tales of Kaua'i and Ni'ihau.