Haunted Hike Kicks Off Halloween Fun
By Vanessa Wolf
If your worst nightmares involve skeletons wearing rice paddy hats, then the Haunted Haiku Hike may just tap into your wounded inner psyche.
Awalau Farm’s second annual haunted hikes start this weekend and organizers claim to “enjoy bringing in the Halloween season with magical, mythical, and sometimes spooky adventures.”
Sounds about right.
Hikers with little ones can attend from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday or Sunday Oct. 19 and 20 or again Oct. 25 or 26.
During the day there are guided nature hikes, arts and crafts, “wondrous attractions,” a maze, fortune telling, a mythical creature petting zoo, and scary stories about the history of Haiku.
Once upon a time there were two missionaries’ sons by the name of Samuel Alexander and Henry Baldwin. They constructed an elaborate and terrifying ditch system that took water from dark, stormy Haiku all the way to the spooky dry plains of Wailuku, a move which cemented the ominous future of sugar in Hawaii…
Organizers warn that the evening hikes aren’t suitable for kids and probably those with heart conditions, as you should be prepared for a scare.
The nighttime event includes zombie miners, creepy critters crawling out from the woods, wereboars, and a maze.
What if they have real feral boars they’ve been starving for weeks? Now THAT would be scary.
Regardless, the Haunted Haiku Hike takes around 30 minutes and commences every half-hour.
Attendees are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring water, sunscreen, and flashlights.
All children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Tickets are $15 for adults ($10 if purchased in advance) and $5 for kids.
Proceeds for the hike go to The Sanctuary Birth and Family Wellness Center.
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