I’m off this morning to cover the hearing on the motion to stop construction of a house over the Naue burials. The proceedings are now entering the third day, with plaintiff Jeff Chandler on the stand.
I missed yesterday’s hearing because I had to work, but Burial Council members Presley Wann and Barbara Say testified, along with cultural expert Kai Markel from Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
One point that’s often made in discussing the construction of various buildings over burial sites are the supernatural events that frequently occur afterward. I mentioned this in a post last February when I noted:
Apparently some folks are getting spooked by the goings-on at the Waipouli condo resort, across from Safeway. I’d heard a few reports of unusual events, and then Brian at the post office, who always asks what I’m working on, suggested yesterday I might want to write about how the place is haunted.
He said he’d been hearing stories of doors opening and closing in the night, furniture moving around by itself, strange noises. “But it might get some people upset at you,” he cautioned.
“Well,” I responded, “other people already got pretty upset when they dug up all those bones at the site and built those condos.”
Then on Tuesday, a reader left this comment on that post:
i just returned from a stay at waipouli resort over the labor day weekend and had a strange experience. my stay on friday and saturday night were uneventful, but on sunday night i believe i had a visit from a spirit. i returned from dinner around 9pm and got ready for bed. i put my earrings that i had been wearing that night on the desk next to the bed. i was watching tv and kept hearing clinking noises coming from the kitchen. i was spooked so i turned on the living room light to keep a light on all night. i had strange nightmares all night long. the next morning after showering, i went to the desk to put on my earrings and one earring was snapped broken. the earrings themselves were still on the desk but the wires had been detached from the earrings and were on the floor under the desk. i gathered up the wires and one small piece of metal that i thought came from my earring and flew home to oahu. upon examining my earrings, i realized the small piece of metal i had picked up was not from my earring and was probably from someone else's earring. i think the spirit that visits this particular room has a thing about earrings. i had no idea about spirits at waipouli until i got home and searched the internet and came upon your article.
But then, I'm sure Joe Brescia, who is trying to build the Naue house, doesn't believe in all that stuff. And given his track record as a speculator on Kauai, he won't be staying at the house, anyway.