Tuesday, April 20, 2010


Updated April 20, 2010



Hawai'i State Capitol Building. 415 South Beretania Street, Honolulu, HI.

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Leiopapa a Kamehameha Building (State Office Tower). 235 South Beretania Street, Honolulu, HI.

This fifteen-story commercial office tower
is named after Prince Albert Edward Kauikeaouli Leiopapa a Kamehameha, born to King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma Kaleleonalani Na'ea on May 20, 1858. He was only four-years old when he passed away due to meningitis on August 27, 1862. The spirit of the young prince, affectionately known to the people as Ka Haku O Hawai'i "The Lord Of Hawai'i," is said to inhabit the building named in his honor: Leiopapa a Kamehameha, which translates into "The Flower Of His Father Kamehameha."

Reported Activity
  • Renwick "Uncle Joe" Tassill, previous state Capitol tour coordinator, worked in the State Office Tower during the renovation of the State Capitol in the 1990's. During the time in his temporary office, he and others witnessed a large black and white photo portrait of Prince Albert Edward, which stood alone in the building's lobby framed in heavy wood and glass, suddenly fly off the wall. Even though the portrait fell about three feet and landed with a large thud, it miraculously remained unbroken. Tassill believes that Prince Albert Edward was upset about being separated from his parents, King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma Kaleleonalani Na'ea, whose portraits were displayed on another floor. Today all three portraits hang together in the building lobby.
  • Uncle Joe and a security officer once saw wet child-sized footprints at the end of the lobby hallway near the elevators. Uncle Joe recalls that the footprints were facing the wall where Prince Albert Edward's portrait hung at the time. It was as if the owner of the footprints was studying the portrait. Similar wet child-like footprints were also reportedly sighted in the office of a state representative.
  • Sharon Badoyen, a clerk who worked on the eighth floor of the State Office Tower, found Prince Albert Edward to be quite mischievous. Sharon said that he moved around the little toys she kept at her desk, which were sometimes later found on other desks in the office. Sometimes pieces of candy would go missing then mysteriously appear on Prince Albert Edwards portrait frame.
  • On another occasion, Sharon was working alone in the office late one night when she heard three loud knocks at the office door. When she opened the door, nobody was there. It happened a second time, still nobody there. The third time it happened, Sharon opened the door and an extremely cold sensation swept over her which she describes: "Like I had opened a freezer and its chill blasted me in the face" (E3).
  • Custodian Daren Higa shared the story of a co-worker who was cleaning the fire escape when suddenly he heard what sounded like a young boy singing. The custodian didn't see anyone, and when he called out, nobody answered. Building security officers have also reported the sounds of a child crying.
  • Betty Lopes, a retired custodian, claims that she and another person once saw the image of a baby crawling along one of the floors trying to stand up, over a security camera monitor. Betty has also seen the wet child-like footprints.
  • The Leiopapa a Kamehameha building is one of a few that have a recognized 13th floor. Once while Betty was up there cleaning the men's restroom, she saw a large bearded man appear in the restroom mirror. On the 12th floor Betty would hear footsteps as if someone were approaching from behind, but when she turned to look, saw no one.
  • On another occasion, Betty was scheduled to clean then Lt. Gov. Cayetano's secretary's office. When she got there she found that all the pictures on the walls had been turned upside down. She thought someone was playing a practical joke until she remembered that the inner offices are all secured.
Investigator Notes: Wayne Takabayashi

  • March 24, 2010 @ 1:42 pm. At the suggestion of the Daughters Of Hawai'i, I called the Hawai'i State Archives to speak with an employee who was a member of the board that named the Leiopapa a Kamehameha building. I asked if the land on which the State Office Building was built had any significance to the Kamehameha family or Prince Albert Edward. The employee answered no, and that during the building naming process their research didn't find any connection between the building's location and the Kamehameha family or Prince Albert Edward. The building was named in memory of Prince Albert Edward because of its proximity to St. Andrews Cathedral. Also, the land directly Ewa of the Leiopapa a Kamehameha Building was owned by his uncle, Keoni Ana (John Young II). When asked if he thought that Prince Albert Edward had some sort of fond memory or significant incident having to do with the location of the building, the Archives employee said that it's highly doubtful. Prince Albert Edward would have most likely been confined to the palace grounds, which had a much higher wall for security purposes during his time. I wonder why the presence of Prince Albert Edward would be present in a location that he had made no physical or mental connection with during his life. I theorize that there could be something contained within the Leopapa a Kamehameha Building itself, something that draws and keeps him there. Perhaps it is to be close to his mother, Queen Emma, whose spirit is said to be present in St. Andrews Cathedral.
  • March 24, 2010 @ 2:13 pm. I called to speak to Larry Cobb, the State Office Towers building manager to ask him a few questions. He was not available so I left a message.

  1. Hoover, Will. "Downtown Haunts." Honolulu Advertiser 22 Oct. 2000: E1, E3. Print.
  2. Ohira, Rod. "Workers say ghosts dwell in state building. Many people say they feel the presence." Honolulu Star-Bulliten 31 Oct. 1997: n. pag. Web. 25 Mar 2010. http://archives.starbulletin.com/97/10/31/news/story2.html.
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Heiau Ulupo State Monument. Kailua, HI.
Located in Kailua, Ulupo "Night Inspiration" is Oahu's second largest heiau, standing at a height of 30 feet and covering a massive area of 140 by 180 feet. This ancient Hawaiian religious site is believed to have been built in the 1400's by the Manahune (commonly known today as the Menehune) people who poured their sweat, souls, and mana into it's construction, using stones that had been gathered from great distances. One stone in particular was recorded to have been from as far as Kualoa, located more than 10 miles away. The "Menehune Pathway", a path of stones leading from the ceremonial spring, is named in tribute to the people who built it. Historical information on Ulupo Heiau is scarce and while it may have originated as a waihau (agricultural) heiau where ceremonies would be conducted to ensure fertility of the crops grown in nearby Kawai Nui swamp. It is believed that the function of this heiau changed over time becoming used instead as a luakini (war) heiau dedicated to ceremonies, including the sacrifice of defeated warriors, that would ensure success in battle. Ulupo is considered a wahipana, or sacred place, offering us a glimpse into the beauty of a time long ago. Please remember it should be treated and respected as such.

Reported Activity

  • A guide from Hawai'i Ghost Tours strongly advises against walking up a pathway leading to the top of Ulupo heiau. He recalled a tour during which a young woman had scaled the heiau and disrespectfully started kicking stones about, calling it "a big pile of rocks". Others involved with the tour became quite upset, feeling that surely spirits would follow her, thus dooming the tour. The following day, friends of the woman had contacted the tour guide telling him that when the young woman awoke that morning, her legs were red and swollen three times larger than normal. Her friends immediately took her to see a kahuna, who performed a blessing. Afterwards, she went back to the heiau with an offering and apologized for her disrespectful behavior. The swelling went down and her legs returned to their normal size.
  • Wesley shares that he, too, had been on a Hawai'i Ghost Tour that had taken their group to visit the sacred Ulupo heiau in Kailua. Admittedly, their group had been drinking while on the tour and were feeling pretty good by the time they had arrived at Ulupo. He recalls a friend mentioning to him that the ancient Hawaiian's would make human sacrifices upon an alter, to which he responded loudly, "Nah, nevah have human sacrifices hea, I doubt it". Later that evening, Wesley returned to his truck parked outside of Kawaihao church on Punchbowl to find that a Hawaiian fishhook he kept dangling from his rearview mirror had been meticulously wrapped tightly around the mirror. Worried that he may have offended something that evening he called his friend, who scolded him, "Brah, you no can say dat kine stuff out loud. You can tink um, but no say um". It was dark and raining hard the night Wesley went back to Ulupo with an offering wrapped in ti leaves asking to be forgiven for his open disbelief. He would wait for a sign of that forgiveness before he unwound the fishhook from his rear view mirror.

  1. SKI REPORT #20090828-03
  2. Crowe, Ellie, and William Crowe. Exploring Lost Hawaii. 1st ed. USA: Island Heritage Pub, 2008. 162 - 164. Print.
  3. Becket, Jan & Joseph Singer. Pana Oahu Sacred Stones, Sacred Land. USA: University Of Hawaii Press, 1999. 153. Print.
  4. "hawaiistateparks.org." Ulupo Heiau Historic Site. Dept of Land and Natural Resources, State of Hawaii, n.d. Web. 20 Apr 2010. http://www.hawaiistateparks.org/parks/oahu/index.cfm?park_id=32.
  5. "ulupoheiau.com." Brief History of the Ulupo Heiau. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Apr 2010. http://www.ulupoheiau.com/.