I am so excited to induct Robert Lopaka Kapanui into the Fantastic Story Society! He’s been a great resource and supporter of our family of paranormal friends, collaborating with Allison Jornlin for the Hawaii ParaCon & even giving my wife and I a private paranormal tour of southern Oahu. I invited him on after the surprise of seeing his name in the closing credits of the Netflix original film, “Finding ‘Ohana.” If you haven’t seen it, it’s a great-for-all-ages Hawaiian adventure film that’s a tropical cross between “The Goonies” and “Indiana Jones.” And when I say, it’s for all ages, I do mean that adults will enjoy the ride too.
Lopaka is credited as “Nightmarcher Consultant,” which is likely the coolest film credit I’ve ever seen. We don’t actually talk about nightmarchers much in this episode, but we do cover the phenomena in our 9th episode conversation with “Are You Afraid of the Dark” and “Flight 29 Down” creator, DJ MacHale.
Lopaka’s story as a native Hawaiian storyteller who had his stories traditionally passed down to him is a refreshing look at the cultural importance of verbal storytelling.
In the introduction of the episode, we also take a look at identifying a poltergeist haunting versus a traditional haunting.
Our Fantastic Story: Max talks about a recent confrontational paranormal experience he, his sister, and nephew endured while touring a historic home. Rather than place a bid on the old mansion, they got the hell outta dodge! Scott recalls a similar situation while investigating a private home near the site of the famous Tate-Folger / Charles Manson murders in Los Angeles.
Lopaka’s Fantastic Story: Lopaka was called in to meet with a girl whose parents claim was dealing with a possession. I’m not gonna spoil his story here, but let’s just say there’s a twist that just may give you chills!
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