Superstitions, Do You Believe Them?

Isabel Steinhoff, Reporter

What are superstitions and do you believe them? Hawai’i has been known to have a few of their own and adopted some from other places too. A superstition is a belief or notion, not based on reason or knowledge, in or of the ominous significance of a particular thing, circumstance, occurance, proceeding, or the like. (according to So basically it’s believing something, usually bad, will happen if you do certain things in a certain way. It seems like a good amount of locals have their share of superstitions they believe.

Some of the famous ones include picking up the old lady in white (who is said to be the Hawaiian goddess, Pele) on the side of the road, whistling at night, sleeping with your feet faced directly in front of your house’s front door, making eye contact with night marchers, taking pork over the Nuʻuanu Pali, and taking lava rocks with you. Many of these superstitions deal with being cursed with bad luck. For instance, if you didn’t offer “Pele” a ride when you saw her, she would give your vehicle “problems” and make you sorry you didn’t offer her a ride. Taking pork over the Nuʻuanu Pali is new one to myself, it is said that if you have pork with you when going over the Nuʻuanu Pali, especially at night, your car would stop and not start until the pork had been removed from the car. I’m sure you have heard that if you take a lava rock with you, mainly for tourists that want to take home a memento, you’ll be cursed with bad luck unless you return the rock from where you got it and whistling at night could be a calling for ghosts nearby.

Many of these superstitions or folklore has originated from Hawaiʻi’s ancient history along with it’s stories involving the Hawaiian gods and goddesses. Because Hawaiʻi has become such a diverse place bringing in many different nationalities, over the years Hawaiʻi hasn’t only been limited to Hawaiian superstitions. It has become known that the Japanese and Filipinos have a few of their own superstitions as well. There’s no doubt some superstitions you would hear from locals started from a said personal experience or dramatized just to scare people. Sometimes it might be hard to believe, but you do anyway because there is a slight chance it could be true, right? Well, if it hasn’t crossed your mind until now, I hope that this didn’t give you the creeps because you read this at night… I’ll be honest, it did for me.