Cypriano

Everyone in my Mom’s hometown of Honokaʻa , Hawaii knows that the Wapi’o valley is full of ghosts
and nobody knew that better then my Grandfather, Cypriano.

Once upon a time
my Grandpa told me a story about the time
he stopped for a lady walking up the Valley road, late at night.

It wasn’t totally dark because the moon was full and the stars were shinning and the
headlights on his Jeep lit the dirt road up and he could see as he pulled up to her that
she was having trouble walking.

He said he said hello, did she need a ride
and when she looked up at him he saw that her eyes were black, black as the sky if
the were no moon or stars above.

He looked away from her face, he looked down to the ground
because those dark, black eyes of her’s had a life of their own
and he didn’t trust them to not bite or growl at him, he didn’t trust them to stay in her
face.

That’s when he looked down and saw that her feet
were turned around backwards and that he could see her smooth
heels instead of the place where her toes should be.

” If you leave me here, you’ll dream about me for the rest of your life. You’ll see me
every time you close your eyes.”

He dropped his hand to the clutch, he put his Jeep back into drive
and he drove as fast as he could up the broken road
from from the beach on that late dark night.

When he finished I asked him:
Do you see her, I asked him, when you close your eyes?
My Grandfather shook his head and pointed over my shoulder and he said, ” Not
anymore.

Waipio Valley Road

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Article: : Hawaii destination Waipio Valley closes indefinitely
From Wikipedia:
In Hawaiian religion, Lua-o-Milu is the land of the dead, ruled by Milu. Entrance to Lua-o-Milu is from the top of a valley wall or sea cliff where the soul departs via a tree. It is reported that each Hawaiian island has at least one leaping place. According to natives of the land, the entrance located in Waipio Valley has since been covered in sand and is now hidden from the sight of upper areas

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