Old Maui High School, near Paia, in the rural area of Hamakuapoko, is nothing more than a lonely, skeleton of a building with only the pillars and walls remaining. A banyan tree grows where the library stood and the walls and floors have crumbled. Nothing is really left but the spirits of the teachers and students of the first missionaries and sugarcane plantation owners.
In Hawaii it is believed that spirits who have passed on will always come back to areas that they knew in their previous lives and locals will tell you this is true of Old Maui High. With rumors of ghosts who choke people who set foot on the land or the sounds of a girl crying inside what used to be the school’s bathroom. Reports of flickering lights and passing shadows on the old high school grounds still manage to make their rounds within the community. Are they real or stories made up to keep people away from the building? Or maybe, a little of both.
Part time Maui resident sharing my Kihei condo with guests when I'm staying in my mainland home.