Informant: Male/25/Japanese ancestry
Location: Hanama'ulu, Kaua'i
When I was around five or six, I use to wake up in the middle of the night and see these...things. I don't remember what they looked like but they were very small, like gremlins. Anyway, I used to wake up crying, and my mom always used to say I kept on staring at something that wasn't there.
This happened quite frequently until one day, my mom was talking with some of her friends, and they advised her to sprinkle Hawaiian salt around the house, which she did. After that, I never saw anything again.
But it doesn't end there.
At the time, my mom asked me to draw a picture of what I had seen, and she said it looked like some kind of weird small monster with a weird hat. Well, a few years later, my mom was walking around the Bishop Museum and she came across one of those old Hawaiian feather capes with a helmet, and then all of a sudden she remembered my picture...
It occurred to her that what I had drawn had looked perfectly like a Hawaiian warriors helmet, just miniature. Menehune. So that's what we summarized that I was seeing.
Even to this day my mom sprinkles Hawaiian salt around the house every month to keep it cleansed.