|Tanaka the Drowned Ghost|
An illustration appearing in Weird US
Tanaka the Drowned Ghost is a ghostly haunting hailing from village of Ola'a on the Big Island of Hawaii. It is the site of a deadly tragedy that occurred in 1947.
- Being pulled against your will into the water
- Wailing sounds
In 1947, while neighborhood kids were playing on the shore of a pond, one of them fell in and disappeared beneath the waves. The boy (Tanaka) did not surface. When divers entered the water to rescue him, they found the dead boy sitting on a rock at the very bottom of the pond. His eyes and mouth were open, as if he has calmly sat down on the rock and waited to die.
Years later, at noon, another boy was walking about 50 yards behind his father along the pond's beaches. Suddenly, he fell and screamed to his father that he was being pulled into the pond. When divers entered the water, they found the boy sitting on the bottom of the pond, arms at his sides, eyes and mouth open, and swaying to and fro in the current. Fortunately, the boy was brought to the surface in time to save his life.
There are no notable accounts that we could find.
- The story was featured in an article in Weird US.
- A Shinto priest was brought from Hilo to bless the waters and the cries finally stopped. But some claimed that they can still be heard at night.