Kipapa Urban legends
Kipapa Gulch in Central Oahu is famous for an urban legend of a white lady who appears on a bridge. Legend states that as people cross the bridge between Mililani Town an Waipio, a lady appears, dressed in all white. But when the driver passes by and looks for the lady in the rear view mirror, she is gone.
Scary, creepy and haunting. But is it true? Possibly, but there’s another story that shocks those who imagination takes control. And who doesn’t have an imagination?
The Battle at Kipapa Gulch
The great king of Oahu, king Malikukahi, has been compared to King Arthur. Malikukahi was a noble king who educated his people, abolished human sacrifice, and built heiaus for his people. He was born at the Kukaniloko birth stone sites in Wahiawa, where Hawaii’s royalty were given birth to. This all happened circa 1410 AD.
Chiefs on the island of Hawaii and Maui were jealous of Malikukahi’s power and influence. The two island’s chiefs invaded Oahu, landing in Waikiki and marching inland. They met Malikukahi and his troops at Kipapa Gulch, were a gruesome battle ensued.
Malikukahi’s warriors fought and killed off their rivals, and bloodshed flooded the gulch. Housands of corpses filled the ground and decapitated bodies were strewn across the land. The name “Kipapa” was given to the land. Its meaning? “The paved way.”
The violent battle tore the spirits of many men in this savage battle of Malikukahi versus four armies (two each per Maui and Big Island). These unsettled spirits are said to haunt the Kipapa Gulch bridge and the surrounding area.
So the gulch is ruled by the spirits of fallen warriors, and the bridge is haunted by both Hawaiian spirits and a mysterious ‘white lady’.
But there is one more story that continues to exist in urban legend tales. Hawaiian menehune have been seen in Kipapa Gulch, carrying torches as they descend down the hillside.
What are Night Marchers?
Thanks to Cynthia K. for pointing out the difference menehune and nightmarchers: “Night Marchers are the spirits of Hawaiian warriors, and Menehune are akin to sprites or faeries in Hawaiian folklore.”
Is it true?
Maybe, but we’re too afraid to find out!
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