Monday, March 21, 2011

In Search Of The Kasha Of Kaimuki


KASHA - According to Japanese lore, when a person commits a large number of sins during their lifetime, upon their death, a violent windstorm would call forth the Kasha to deliver sinners to hell.
- Shigeru Mizuki (The Encyclopedia Of Demons)


I. Introduction

The Kasha of Kaimuki, a story written by the late author and historian Glen Grant, has long been popularly discussed amongst the people of Hawai‘i who have often pondered the questions, Where exactly is the Kasha house? and Were the events that transpired there real? During Spooky Kine Investigations’ initial search for answers, we scoured the internet only to find recycled information and claims of “credibility” with no substantial proof. We realized that simply stating that a police report had been generated did not necessarily make a story “credible” by default. What we wanted was documented evidence.

Since the passing of Glen Grant, his story The Kasha of Kaimuki has grown by urban legend-sized proportions. Individuals who have either misinterpreted the events or confused fiction with fact have made the search for the real Kasha of Kaimuki a most difficult one.  How do we even begin to sort all this information?

We will start from the beginning.  First, we will explore Glen Grant’s infamous work of fiction that gave birth to the Kasha of Kaimuki.  Next, we will present the facts, two key pieces of documented evidence that we uncovered during our research, conducting a comparative analysis of the original articles that we believe inspired the story.  From there we will attempt to locate the house of Glen Grant’s darkest nightmares.


II.  Were The Events That Transpired There Real?

Glen Grant’s The Kasha of Kaimuki originally appeared in the October 16, 1992  edition of the Hawaii Herald tabloid.  The Hawaii Herald began as an “Americanized” version of a Japanese language publication, the Hawaii Hochi, which focused on Hawaii’s Japanese-American community. Glen Grant’s stories were featured during the publication’s Halloween season for a number of years. It would make sense that Grant’s stories, written primarily for a Japanese audience, would feature Japanese ghosts, legends and lore. In fact, these articles would later be compiled and published by Mutual Publishing in Glen Grant’s Obake: Ghost Stories in Hawai‘i (1994).

The Kasha of Kaimuki featured a fictional character, Arthur McDougal, who Glen Grant described as,“a retired Honolulu International Detective Agency operative” (Grant 101). McDougal served as the recurring hero of Grant’s supernatural detective stories, which were loosely based on actual Honolulu crimes. The following year, Author McDougal would have an entire publication dedicated to his adventures entitled, McDougal's Honolulu Mysteries: Case Studies from the Life of a Honolulu Detective (1995).  Without going into too much detail about the story itself (We encourage readers to either purchase the book, or borrow it from your local library), I’m going to quote an excerpt directly from Grant’s work of fiction in regards to the case that the character Arthur McDougal has been called in to investigate.

He wrote:

An hour ago dispatch received a call from the neighbors that there were shrieks coming from this house and that a woman was hysterical in the yard. Something was in the house, they say, that was smashing furniture and attacking anyone who tried to come in. It seemed to be after her son who, according to the officers, was floating smack dab in the middle of the room while all the fracas was going on...The officers say that the attack lasted for nearly an hour! The blood-soaked interior of the room and all the furniture had been smashed to a million bits - as if a tornado had torn into Kaimuki...Uemoto had been methodically pulled apart by the arms, legs and head before his torso was ripped in half like a gutted fish.
(Grant 105-106)

Chicken skin! As only Glen Grant can deliver. Now let us take a look at a comment we found on www.high.site-forums.com posted by SquareBurger, an individual who seems to have misinterpreted this fictional story for actual events:

The family that lived there before the vacancy had two children and a single mother. Both children were killed by this “entity”…ripped apart by an invisible force…right before the mother’s eyes, as well as the eyes of several police officers that were called to the scene, due to screams and major commotion. These events are actually documented in a police report, therefore deeming this event CREDIBLE.
(SquareBurger)

According to Grant’s story, the character of the son, Shingo Uemoto, had already graduated from the University of Hawai‘i and had begun working at his father’s export business located in downtown Honolulu. This information would make Shingo approximately 22 to 23 years of age.  So where exactly did SquareBurger get the idea that the “credible” incident involved two children and a single mother?

As an introduction to The Kasha of Kaimuki, Glen Grant wrote of two separate documented incidents that took place within the Kaimuki area, which we believe were his inspirations for Arthur McDougal’s fictional Kasha case.

Incident #1
“In August of 1942 two Honolulu police officers were called to a home in Kaimuki, somewhere near Harding Avenue...  As they pulled up in front of the house, a woman was wildly screaming, “She’s trying to kill my children!  She’s trying to kill my children!”...  the officers stumbled onto a scene that they would never forget.  The three children who lived in the house were flying about the room, levitated, slapped and hurled by an invisible force...  the officers watched for an hour-and-a-half as the children were assaulted by an unseen and unknown entity.”
(Grant 101-102)

Document #1

Shared with permission from
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser


Grant recaps Incident #1 almost identically as it had appeared in the newspaper back in 1942.  It is entirely possible to see how someone who hadn’t actually read The Kasha Of Kaimuki might have mistaken the fictitious details for fact. Now let us compare Incident #2.

Incident #2
“Thirty years later, another incident took place in a house near Harding Avenue.  A young girl had been assaulted by another “unseen force.”  Fleeing her house, she and her boyfriend drove off and got as far as the parking lot of a popular nightspot...  The police called to the scene reported that a girl was being beaten in the back seat of an automobile by an unseen force.  As they entered the car to help her, they were both thrown back to the ground.”
(Grant 102)

Document #2

Shared with permission from
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser












































Unlike his first recap, Grant’s details of incident #2 seem to be significantly different. One might argue that Grant made a habit of changing particular details to protect the identities of the individuals involved. However, this apparently hadn’t stopped him from providing an almost identical recap of incident #1. Perhaps his details came from an entirely different source altogether?  The police report?

If the latter is true, unfortunately we have been unable to locate the police report. Our call to the Honolulu Police Department (H.P.D.) Records Department revealed that police reports are not public record. For someone to obtain a copy of a police report one must:

1) Be the individual who originally requested the report,
2) Have the original requestor’s permission to retrieve it or,
3) Via subpoena.

We were told by an H.P.D. Records Department representative that these policies have been in place since at least 1990. For now, we can only validate that both documents #1 and #2 actually appeared in local newspapers.  


III.  Where Exactly Is The Kasha House?

“The Plymouth plowed through one more mudbath before I turned onto Harding.  China told me to look for a two-story white house sitting on a foundation of huge lava boulders.”
(Grant 105)

This is the question Spooky Kine Investigations is still actively researching. Fortunately, property records are available to the public. Popular speculation points to one particular house built in 1938, located on 8th and Harding Avenues, whose records reveal a most intriguing story awaiting to be uncovered.

We had the opportunity to speak with a highly regarded attorney who recalled following a lawsuit that involved property disclosures.

“Purpose of Disclosure Statement: Pursuant to Hawaii Revised Statutes, Chapter 508D (for residential real property), and under common law (for all other real estate transactions, including the sale of vacant land) a seller of residential real property is obligated to fully and accurately disclose in writing to a buyer all “material facts” concerning the property. “Material facts” are defined as “any fact, defect, or condition, past or present, that would be expected to measurably affect the value to a reasonable person of the residential real property being offered for sale.” This Disclosure Statement is intended to assist Seller in organizing and presenting all material facts concerning the Property.”
 ("Seller's Real Property Disclosure Statement. Hawaii Association of Realtors Standard Form. Revised 4/07 (NC). For Release 5/08")

As this attorney recalls, the buyers of the property were claiming that the seller did not disclose the property’s haunted history. However, the case was dismissed based upon the grounds that ghosts were not recognized by the scientific community.

For now, we would like to leave you with a comment we found on www.realhaunts.com  posted by HRH. Why? Because unlike the majority of the cut-and-pastes we’ve come across, this particular post includes specific details, which appear to match up with the documented evidence we are currently tracking. We promise that you readers will be the first to know when we find it. If you have any information concerning Glen Grant's The Kasha of Kaimuki please contact Spooky Kine Investigations at spookykine@gmail.com.

“Aloha~ Oh HOW spooky! My husband and I nearly bought the Kaimuki house on 8th Avenue & Harding, in 1995 or 1996. At the time the owner was an older (in his late 50′s) Haole gentleman. He had listed his house for sale for $500,000. My husband & I really liked the turn of the century, look and feel of an era long gone. The home had 11 feet high ceilings, and REAL hardwood flooring. Plus for those of us who live on O’ahu, Kaimuki is a nice neighborhood with long time residents, and UH, Waikiki, Ala Moana & so much more are just a few minutes away. However, we were told by our Realtor, that the house had some major disclosures. Prior to entering the home for the first time, the owner spoke to us outside the front of the home(on the side that fronts 8th Ave). He told us of 3 separate (and equally frightening) events that happened in the home. The first one was stated earlier about the 2 children being killed in the home. However the way HE explained it to me was that the FATHER killed his 2 children and his wife. He buried his wife and son on the property. Their bodies were found, the daughter’s body was never found. The second event involved a lesbian couple. One of the women had taken on a MALE lover. When the man heard of his "girlfriend"‘s situation he killed her, the other woman, and then himself…in the house. I believe the third event was the what someone else posted earlier. The entity "throwing people around". My husband and I submitted a totally ridiculous offer of $250,000. The Haole man ACCEPTED the offer. We just about SH*T ourselves. What the HELL?!?! We were now in contract for a HAUNTED HOUSE? The house itself was in very rough shape. The house is on post & pier, and was tilting to one side. If you took a marble and placed it on the living room floor, it would totally roll to the lower side of the house. The toilet in the upstairs bathroom leaked to the first floor, dripping down the front of the kitchen cabinets. The toilet downstairs, was sinking into the floor. There was also a closet in one of the bedrooms upstairs that had a hollow space. When you knock on the back of the closet wall, you can hear an empty space. (it’s freaky) My husband & I were young (in our early 20′s) and full of vim & vigor. We (well mostly he) thought we could rehab the house, to it’s original glory!! But I spoke to one of my friends at work. I told her about the house. She said, "that’s the haunted house that everybody knows about. It’s in the Obake Files book". I told my husband about the book. He said DON’T read the book. Well I did!! I was now FREAKING out!!!! So I went crying to my husband who said," Didn’t I say NOT to read the book"? So next, I went for a visit to a Mr Glen Grant, at his then office on King Street & University. YEP….. the author of the book!! (He has since passed on) I was balling, wailing and crying. I could barely talk. Through the loud sobs, and tears I told him about my house. He knew of it, OF COURSE, and said that he wrote the book about the house but that the story he told was true. He may have "embellished" the truth a bit, BUT the basic events were recorded and actual. LOOOONG story short…ok too late for that….we didn’t buy that particular house, but I think of it often, and whenever I drive on Harding and past that house I recount all those events. It has been so long since I have been inside the house, and I don’t know who lives in it now. I hope they are safe.”
(HRH)


WRITTEN BY: Wayne Takabayashi
for Spooky Kine Investigations
SKI.wtakabayashi@gmail.com

References

"About the Herald." The Hawaii Herald: Hawaii’s Japanese American Journal. The Hawaii Herald, n.d. Web. 7 Mar 2011. <http://thehawaiiherald.com/>.

"Around Hawaii." Seller's Real Property Disclosure Statement. Hawaii Association of Realtors Standard Form. Revised 4/07 (NC). For Release 5/08. Oceanic Time Warner Cable, n.d. Web. 22 Mar 2011. <http://www.aroundhawaii.com/assets/articles/2008/10/1493/images/Sellers%20Real%20Property%20Disclosure%20Statement.pdf>.

Grant, Glen. "The Kasha Of Kaimuki." The Hawaii Herald. October 16, 1992, Vol.13, No.20. Print.

Grant, Glen. Obake: Ghost Stories in Hawai‘i. 2nd ed. Honolulu, HI: Mutual Publishing, LLC, 1994. 101, 102, 105, 106. Print.

HRH, . "Evicted By Demons." August 21, 2006, 4:25 am. Online Posting to <http://www.realhaunts.com/united-states/evicted-by-demons/comment-page-2/>. Web. 21 Mar 2011.

Police Called To Shoo Ghost From Kaimuki. Honolulu Star-Bulletin. 1942. Print.

SquareBurger, . "Demonic Spirits In Kaimuki House." Jul 25, 2008, 11:26 am. Online Posting to <http://high.site-forums.com/t160-demonic-spirits-in-kaimuki-house?highlight=kaimuki>. Web. 23 Feb 2011.

Taylor, Lois. Spook Stories. Honolulu Star-Bulletin. 1972. Print.


For Further Reading

Grant, Glen. McDougal's Honolulu Mysteries: Case Studies from the Life of a Honolulu Detective. 1st ed. Honolulu, HI: Mutual Publishing, LLC, 1995. Print.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Mind Games: Spirits Within Us? (Part II)


Dear friends, Spooky Kine Investigations remains dedicated to helping people resolve paranormal related issues wherever they occur.  We believe this can best be accomplished by the scientific and the spiritual working together.  The following article focuses on paranormal studies from a scientific standpoint.  It is our hope to supply readers with a more intimate knowledge of existing scientific theories through which to filter possible evidence of paranormal activity.  Please note that never in the following article will you hear an absolute explanation for every possible situation.  We believe that when it comes to the supernatural, anything is possible.   ~ Wayne


Part II:  What You See Isn’t Always What You Get

Many people underestimate the power of the human mind.  This is exactly the case when it comes to vision.  The complexities of human vision are immense, and seeing is only a fraction of the experience.  Perhaps the most important part of the visual system is perception.  “The goal of perception is to take in information about the world and make sense of it... Visual perception takes in information about the properties and locations of objects so that we can make sense of... our surroundings.”  (Smith & Kosslyn, 2007, p. 51).  Without visual perception, we wouldn't be able to answer simple questions such as: “What am I looking at?”, “How far away is it?”, or “How fast is it moving?”, just to name a few.  Our brain also helps us fill in the missing pieces and perceive more than what is really there.  By allowing us to mentally bridge the gaps, we are able to recognize objects without having to see them in their entirety.  An example of this would be seeing a car pull out of a garage.  When it is only halfway out, you are still able to recognize that it is a car.  You don't need to wait for the whole thing to be visible before identifying it.  This example shows how perceptual processes can help us fill in the gaps to infer a coherent visual world even without all of the necessary visual information.  However, this type of mental processing is not without flaws.  “Such processing can also lead us to see things that are not in fact there.”  (Smith & Kosslyn, 2007, p. 68).  Take a look at Figure 1.  What do you see?

Figure 1: An example of an Illusory contour. (n.d.). Source: openlearning.worldpress.com.

There are eight black circles, each with three white lines in them.  And yet, when shown this picture, most people claim to see a cube.  Upon taking a closer look, one can see that there is no actual cube - it is simply eight carefully placed black circles, each with three carefully placed white lines within them.  However, the cube is so vivid that some people even swear to be able to see the full length of the lines that create the cube.  These invisible contours are known as illusory contours.  An illusory contour is defined as:  “One that is not physically present in the stimulus but is filled in by the visual system...The illusory contours that you see are the product of your perceptual processes at work.  Filling in the missing pieces provides relevant information that is not present in the sensory stimulus.” (Smith & Kosslyn, 2007, p. 68)

Now, knowing that the brain has the ability to create information, let us present a hypothetical situation.  You are walking home from work.  It is approaching midnight on a cold, windy night.  The only sources of light are the dull street lights and the moon.  You look over to your left and see thick brush followed by a small graveyard.  You begin to turn your head back towards the street, and out of the corner of your eye you think you see a dark figure.  Stopping in your tracks, you turn and take a closer look.  All you see are small trees swaying with the wind, fading in and out of the shadows.  With no sign of your dark figure, you go on your way once more, eventually reaching your home without incident.  

Let us now take consideration of possible explanations for what just happened.  On one hand, it may have been a spirit.  On the other hand, you may have just experienced an illusory contour, or a simple trick played by your mind.  Evaluating these two explanations, which one would seem more likely?  Believers would argue the importance of the location and time that it happened.  A cemetery in the middle of the night would be a prime location to witness a spirit.  Oddly enough, skeptics would use this same evidence, location and time, as proof against this idea.  A combination of a dark and heavily shadowed path and an overactive imagination could lead your mind to play tricks on you.  In the end, there is no way of knowing for sure one way or the other.  However, there is a very important scientific principle that comes into play here, known as parsimony.  Also known as Occam's Razor, parsimony suggests preference for the least complex explanation for any given situation (Courtney & Courtney, 2008).  It is important to note that this is just a rule of thumb, and that there are exceptions.  It is entirely possible that what you saw was paranormal, but looking at it from a logical and scientific standpoint, perhaps what you see isn’t always what you get.


WRITTEN BY: Matthew Terada
for Spooky Kine Investigations
SKI.mterada@gmail.com
* Matthew Terada is currently studying as a psychology major at the University of Hawai‘i. *


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