Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Capitol Ghost Stories: A Picture with the Queen

In anticipation of Halloween next week, we're posting a collection of tales of different spooky sightings around the State Capitol.

A figure often reportedly spotted around these halls is Queen Liliuokalani, the last reigning monarch of the Kingdom of Hawaii. Her statue stands on the makai side of the Capitol building, often draped in lei, and sometimes visitors will leave offerings of food or flowers at the base of the statue.

This one actually happened to Baron from Rep. Jon Karamatsu's office:

In the early 80's, I just finished giving a tour to a group of visiting college students from Canada when they began organizing a group photo. As I looked back at them before heading to the elevators, I saw that the photographer couldn't get the whole group in front of Queen Liliuokalani's statue. So instead, he asked the group to assemble facing the Punchbowl St. border as he stood on the base of the statue (with his back to the Queen's figure) for more elevation. He took pictures with several cameras.

Several months later, I received a letter from one of the group members saying that they had had a party at which they all brought pictures from their visit to Hawaii. As they were passing pictures around, one of the girls asked the male photographer, "When you were taking the group picture at the statue, where were you standing?"

He reminded her that he was standing on the base to be able to get all the group in with the group facing the statue with the backdrop of downtown Honolulu behind them.

"That's what I thought," she said. "Take a look at this picture."

It was the group, with the backdrop of downtown Honolulu and the Richards Street border behind them facing Diamond Head. It was clearly an elevated angle looking down at the group. But, clearly in the back behind the group was Queen Liliuokalani.

The moral of the story: The Queen will not be ignored.

(Unfortunately, I never got a copy of the picture.)

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