Ghost stories in Hawai’i.

First found in Japanese folklore, a mujina is a creature with no face that can shape-shift into human form. A famous Japanese mujina was named Kozo; he took the form of a monk and traveled the dark roads at night asking strangers for water or tea to drink. Japanese immigrants brought this folklore to Hawaii, and the old tale took on a new spin.

blog facelessIn 1959, a woman was reported to have seen a mujina at a drive-in theater in Kahala. The local woman claimed that she went to use the restroom and noticed another woman combing her hair. Once close enough to see the other woman, she immediately noticed that the red-haired woman did not have any facial features. The woman was reported to have had a nervous breakdown and was treated at a hospital.

Originally, the locals thought that the story was just a rumor, but when local radio host Glen Grant was discussing its validity on-air in 1981, the woman made a personal call into the station and recounted her story, even adding that the mujina she’d encountered had had red hair, a detail which had previously been unreported. Since then, countless stories of the facelessmujina emerged across the islands, some coming from Glen Grant himself.

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