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Volcano House Hotel

Volcano House Hotel

1 Crater Rim Drive
Volcano, Hawaii
96718 USA

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Volcano, HI is home to one of the most haunted places in the state, Volcano House Hotel. Come explore its mystery with Haunted Journeys.

The History

The Volcano House is one in a series of historic hotels that are built at the edge of Kilauea, within the grounds of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the big island.

The original Volcano House was built in 1846. It was a simple one-room shelter made of grass and native Ohia wood poles. It was expanded to a four-bedroom unit in 1866. A legacy was created in 1904 when "Uncle" George Lycurgus purchased an interest in the Volcano House Company. He managed it until 1921 when he sold his interests, but Regains it back in 1932. He remained the manager until his death in 1960, at the age of 101. For 50 years Lycurgus looked over the famous hotel and taking the role of the unofficial historian of Hawaii's explosive volcanic history. He himself experienced a spectral episode.

Today, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. What makes the place unique is that it is known as "The Only Volcano Hotel in Hawaii".

The Hauntings

Many staff and guests have made the determination that this hotel is "full of ghosts!" They also believe these spectral beings are not just from one culture. They are all from many cultures that live together in the islands.

During an early period, when Lycurgus managed this hotel, he and some acquaintances witnessed a supernatural event. During a campfire, a stooped old woman with long disheveled gray hair hanging to her shoulders appeared in front of the group. Her dark features spoke of pure Hawaiian ancestry, while her deeply wrinkled face revealed decades of life under the Hawaiian sun. She hobbled slowly toward the craters. Responding to a loud spoken invitation from Lycurgus to join him. She turned around and said "No thank you. I have work to do." With those words she disappeared into the crater. Despite efforts to find her, they never did. With word spreading, a historian knew the answer. "It was Pele!". When these words were spoken, a fountain of blazing lava soared a hundred yards into the air. All ran to their horses, escaping the deadly fumes and scorching lava with only a few minutes to spare.

Their experiences that night would remain with them for the rest of their lives, for they knew they were witnesses to one of Hawaii's most awesome spectacles, a personal encounter with Madame Pele, the legendary guardian goddess of Hawaii.

Today, a commonly experienced entity is that of an elderly woman. She is reported to be seen in the guest rooms and the hallways of the hotels. There are also frequent reports of a ghostly white dog on the entrance road that heads up to the hotel. 

Not to be dismissed is the incredible spectral energies that live within the Kilauea volcanic craters itself, Pele is credited to live within this molten and stirring lava. She is said to dance within the flames and the lava flows of the volcano. She is known to be able to take on different forms and appearances. Do not disturb her land or think about taking home a natural souvenir. Any that dare to do so will face the wrath of Pele. Local hotels have received many returned earthly souvenirs that were credited to expel misfortunes, some being catastrophic, to their lives. 


More reads...

Haunted Hawaii: Paranormal by [Arsenio Pelayo]     Hawaii's Best Spooky Tales: The Original Paperback – October 1, 1996 by Rick Carroll (Author)     Supernatural Hawaii Paperback – February 28, 2009 by Judi Thompson


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Date added: May/23/2020 | Last time updated: May/23/2020
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