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Off Track: Your must-know list of Hawaii’s diverse local superstitions

October 20, 2019
hala pepe plant – “money tree”

From the Hawaii Magazine website

Visitors may not realize this, but Hawai‘i residents have a lot of superstitions. And they go far beyond “if you break a mirror you’ll have seven years of bad luck.”

Hawai‘i’s society is a thriving blend of cultures—food, drink, language, fashion, and with all that also comes superstitions. Some agreed upon, some conflicting—such is the nature of living in a melting pot. Growing up here in Hawai‘i it can be hard to keep up with all of them; even the most menial and tedious of tasks can be riddled with mystery: When can I cut my nails again? How am I supposed to eat this? Was I supposed to make eye contact with that? Wait, what even was THAT?

There isn’t a single culture that’s immigrated to Hawai‘i that hasn’t also brought with it the spiritual folklore of their origin. Mix that in with the supernatural history that has already existed here by ancient Hawaiians and you get an extensive list of “do’s” and “don’t’s.”

We compiled these in maybe the best and perhaps only way possible … asking friends, family and co-workers to relay superstitions to us as they remember them that they still carry with them everywhere, in and out of Hawai‘i.

How many of these do you believe?

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