Ghost Tours on the Big Island

With Halloween just around the corner, ghost hunters of all ages won’t want to miss Kona Historical Society’s annual Christ Church Graveyard Tour. To be held Friday, October 26 at 6 p.m. in Kealakekua, the lantern-lit tour features a fun visit to several historical graves at the church, which is the oldest Anglican church in the state of Hawai‘i.

Dressed in 19th century garb, tour leader Maile Melrose will play the part of her great-great grandmother, Elizabeth Caroline Greenwell (1841-1934), who is actually buried at the graveyard next to her husband, Henry Nicholas Greenwell (1826-1891), a pioneer of Kona coffee. An actress and docent at Kona Historical Society in Kealakekua, Maile is a wealth of knowledge about Kona history. During the graveyard tour, Maile entertains and informs guests with tales of Kona’s bygone era, captivating her audience with tales of “murder, arson and betrayal, as well as loyalty and love, which took place in the previously sleepy districts of Kona.”

If the graveyard tour perks your interest in Kona history, you might want to attend the Hanohano ‘O Kona Lecture Series on Wednesday, October 31, when Maile presents an in-depth discussion about notable residents of Christ Church and Central Kona Union Cemeteries. The talk takes place at West Hawai‘i Civic Center on Kealakehe Parkway in Kailua-Kona. For information, visit

Here at Holualoa Inn, history comes alive on our 30-acre coffee estate. Explore ancient trails and see the remnants of an ancient holua slide. Our Kona bed-and-breakfast boutique hotel offers a tropical paradise just minutes away from the water attractions and beaches of Kailua-Kona.

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