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Monday, October 29, 2012

101 Places to See Before You're 12 - A Supernatural Place

A Supernatural Place
When we were talking about our remaining 101 Places before our trip to Hawaii, I let the boys know that my friends had told me about some spooky spots on the Windward side of the island.
The boys were immediately intrigued.  Could we go there?  What kind of spooky stuff?  Is it true or just a legend?  Supernatural and the beach - that's what they were all about in the planning phase!
I vaguely remembered snippets of stories I'd been told by my high school friends.  Those who were raised on the island may not have believed it all, but also didn't like my joking about it either.  I remember something about the Pali Lookout and pork.  And Pele, the goddess of the volcano.  I had to do a little research.
From the website 52 Perfect Days I found a lot of good information about the supernatural areas we'd be driving through when we toured the island one day.
The Pali Highway area is a beautiful part of the island.  Unfortunately, we happened to be driving through when it was getting dark and very rainy.  Of course, that added to the supernatural feel we were set to experience.

The Nu’uanu Pali Lookout– In 1795 The Battle of Nu’uanu took place pitting future King Kamehameha from the Big Island of Hawaii against the Chief of Oahu Kalanikupule. Kalanikupule’s forces were defeated with the culmination of the battle taking place at the edge of the lookout where 300 to 500 of Kalanikupule’s warriors were forced off the edge. Their bones still remain at the bottom of the cliff.
Brennan, of course, had to see it all.  Rain or No Rain. 

The locals know not to bring pork through the tunnels of the Nuu’anu Pali Highway going from the Windward side to the Leeward side. The powerful demi-goddess of the volcano Madame Pele made an agreement with her once lover and rival the half man-half pig demi-god Kamapua’a to split the island in half. They never wanted to see each other again after having a falling out. Madame Pele stays on the Leeward side which is dry and to her liking. Kamapua’a stays on the Windward side which is wet and to his liking. If you try to bring pork which is a part of him from his domain into her domain, she will stop you.
The boys ASSURED us they had no pork with them as we went through the Pali tunnels headed back to Honolulu.

We made it through just fine.  Phew!

Of course, they now want to know if there are any supernatural places in Indiana that we can also check out. 
I've encouraged them to do their research and let me know.
From the Book:
#34 - A Supernatural Sighting Spot
Some places are famous for their scenic beauty, others for their exciting attractions.  And then there are those that are famous for their monsters.  Loch Ness in Scotland comes to mind, of course, but did you know that there are quite a few active sea monsters on this side of the Atlantic, too?  There are also big hairy ape creatures and lizard men lurking in the swamps and woods - or so the stories go.  Phantom ships and ghost trains, strange flickering "spook lights" that appear in the same place again and again -- there are a lot of "unexplained phenomena" out there.  As you travel, find out what kind of supernatural sightings have happened in the place you're visiting.  Then have your camera ready - supernatural phenomena usually move pretty quickly, just to keep you guessing.

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