If you think about it, living in Hawaii can be a little creepy. This cluster of islands in the middle of the Pacific may be small geographically, but it is indeed full of history – a history and culture that people today continue to try and keep alive.
Since it is Halloween, I thought it was only fitting to share some of Hawaii’s superstitions. Now, these superstitions go far beyond bad luck from breaking a mirror. If you mess with these, some believe that you’re also messing with Pele (fire goddess), Menehune/Night Marchers, and even your future.
So how many of these have you heard of or actually believe?
- Don’t whistle at night. It’s believed that whistling at night will summon spirits and huakai po (night marchers/the ghosts of ancient Hawaiian warriors).
- Do not take pork on the Pali. You’ll anger Pele, who had a bad romance with the pig demi-god Kamapua‘a. If you have pork in your car (not sure if this holds true to raw and/or cooked), your car will break down.
- Don’t leave chopsticks standing straight up in a bowl of rice. Doing this is bad luck because in Japanese culture, it’s known to disrupt the deceased’s grave and/or it means you’re offering rice to the dead.
- An old woman on the side of the road is known to be Pele. So if you see an old woman, offer her food or drink because it’s Pele supposedly shape-shifted into the form of an elderly woman.
- Don’t mess with big black moths. Huge black moths are supposedly a recently deceased relative. So instead of freaking out, simply enjoy the visit.
- If something abruptly falls in your home, it means someone just died, or that someone will.
- Don’t cut your nails at night.
- Don’t point at graveyards or tombstones. Or a spirit will latch onto you and never let go. It’s also disrespectful. If you ever accidentally do it, bite your finger.
- Don’t sleep with your feet facing the door. Or else when your spirit leaves your body when you’re asleep, it won’t know how to get back.
- Don’t live in a house where the windows align with the front or back doors. This makes it easy for spirits to come and go as they please.
Great, I just gave myself the chills. Have any of you heard of these superstitions? What do you think?