The Unexplained Paranormal Stories of HPD – The Honolulu Police Department Museum

The Unexplained Paranormal Stories of HPD – The Honolulu Police Department Museum


There were times
when I was in here when you could always feel that you weren’t alone. There seemed to be
someone watching over this. There are spirits here.
My name is Eddie Croom, I am a retired HPD Officer and one of the pleasures I’ve had
over my career with HPD is to put together the Honolulu Police Department Law Enforcement
Museum. One thing learned about the museum is as soon as we start to put everything together,
to bring things in here, that there was something a little eerie about the museum. There were
times when I was in here, when you could always feel that you weren’t alone. You get that
shadow moving in the corner of your eye. So I did a little bit of research as to determine
if there was a basis for something paranormal going on in the museum. What I found was that
the Honolulu Police Department, the building is built on the site of Honolulu Rapid Transit
bus barn. In the 1800’s, the trolly cars would come into the bus barn in the evening. They
would serviced, turned around on a big trolly that would turn them around and then they
would go out the next day. What I discovered was, one day two workmen who were working
in the mechanism, greasing the mechanism, were not aware that one car was still out.
When that car came in, they turned it, the workmen were crushed. And the Honolulu Police
Department is built on that site. Actually when the department was first opened, we had
a few instances that occurred at the photo lab, which is the exact site. And eventually
they moved throughout the building and of course, the museum. Now you have to consider,
this museum, everything here belonged to someone. We have items from 1941. We have items back
to the 1800’s, whether they be weapons, whether they be uniforms. We have one of the original
HPD belts that goes all the way back to the 1800’s. And these items belonged to people.
So, you could understand that there must be a “mana”, a good feeling. One thing that I
have to say, we have never encountered anything that harmed or hurt. More, just kind of being
away. Just kind of wanting to know what’s going on. Yes. So there are many stories,
there’s many things that has happened in the museum. There’s some that might you might
consider minor. We have a display case in the back that is dedicated to the police officers
who were part of the Honolulu Police Department from 1941 to 1945. We actually have a weapon
that was donated to the museum by a member of the 442nd that was taken from a Japanese
officer. We have a .45 caliber weapon that was used by a member of the 442nd and these
individuals have since past. And one of the unique things about this exhibit is that it
seems to have a “watcher”, there seems to be someone watching over this. Many times
during my tours, I’ve had people come up to me and say that when they’re looking at this
particular display, that they could feel breathing on the back of their necks. When they turn
around, there was nothing there. So these are the types of things that occur here in
the museum. On of the most unique and one that I myself has a very hard time trying
to explain and people that were involved in it cannot explain it. And it begins with the
mannequin that stands near the door. It was a 3 day weekend. My habit, because I felt
the “mana” in the museum, is whenever I’m going to be gone, say for the weekend, I would
always come in before I turn off the lights, I would say, “good night.”
But this particular day, it was a 3 day weekend and left early. I did not close the museum.
Well, the museum was closed and locked, as always. When we came in, I unlocked the door
myself that following Monday. The mannequin in the corner was standing upside down on
his head. Now you might think that’s nothing but what is unique about that is that this
mannequin, complete with his base, weighs a couple hundred pounds. The mannequin was
standing on top of it’s head, no damage, the hat was still on top of the mannequin, perfectly
still, still standing of top of his head in the corner. We looked at it, we tried to figure
out what could have happened. If someone could have come in. But it couldn’t have because
there’s only two sets of keys. I have one and the other one was in the locker in the
back. So, no one else could have come in to do that. So, that was one of the unique things
that happened. But over the years we’ve had many other small things. We’ve had kids that
come to tell us that certain things are moving. That things are not the way they seem. A mannequin
one second, is staring and the next second, it may blink just once. We’ve had kids come
screaming to the front of the museum insisting that the mannequins are blinking. Now, I’ve
never seen the mannequins blink, but I take them for their word.
We had a group of kids from an elementary school come by for a tour
of the museum. So while the kids are walking around the museum, looking at all the displays,
they notice the mannequin’s left hand starts to move towards them. The kids saw that, surprised
them, got up, turned around, and came running straight for me. And saying, “Officer Brant,
Officer Brant!”I said, “What’s going on, what’s happening?” And one
of the kids says, “hey, are those mannequins back there, are they robots?” And I was like,
“oh no, they’re not robots. Why, why do you ask?” Because we swear we just saw them move.
I was like,”you saw them move?” And they’re like, “yeah, one of the mannequin moved his
arm.” So I was like, “ok, kids come with me.” I took the kids back. They showed me the mannequin
to the left of this large silver badge we have back there. And I said, “which mannequin
was it.” They said, “it was that mannequin.” And I said, “which arm did it move?” They
said, “it was his left arm.” So, I touched the mannequin’s left arm and tried to move
it, but it didn’t move, it was stiff. So I asked the other kid, “did you guys see the
mannequin’s arm move too?” And they said, “yeah, we saw its left arm move.” So I don’t
doubt what these kids told me, that the mannequins moved.
When individuals come to the Honolulu Police Department Museum, one thing
I would like to caution you, remember, that there are “mana” here, there are spirits here.
As you walk through, as you look at each and every display, as you look at these items,
remember, these items actually belonged to individuals who were part of this department,
from the early days of this department’s inception. So, if you’re walking through the museum and
you feel a little tug on your coat or a little whisper in your ear, don’t get upset. Just
smile and nod, because they’re here, they’re protectors. This is the Honolulu Police Department
Law Enforcement Museum. Their life was protecting. And they’re just interested in you and make
sure that you enjoy yourself as you come through the museum.

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