I just read a terrific article about ghosts in Hawai'i, and I thought I'd pass it along. These are the kind of spooky stories I heard while growing up. A few years ago a guy named Glenn Grant wrote a series of books about ghosts and other weird paranormal occurrences in the islands, and turned these kinds of stories into official, academically-respectable folklore.
The ghosts of Hawai'i are diverse, like its people. Ancient Hawai'ian night marchers, Japanese obake, Filipino vampires, haole ladies that suddenly appear in the road, cursed rocks, mysterious sharks. Of course, Hawai'i is full of scary dangerous things, such as deadly eels, which would tend to make one superstitious.