Every week, the staff of the Syfy television series "Ghost Hunters" receives hundreds of requests from people who are convinced they’re being haunted.
But Hawaii stands out. Here in the land of obake, the isles have developed a reputation for the supernatural, and it was so tantalizing that the show decided to spend a few weeks exploring, according to Britt Griffith, one of investigators with "Ghost Hunters."
"Hawaii has this persona of being a haunted location," he said. "We get thousands of requests from people who want us to come here."
The 41-year-old Griffith, a self-described "skeptical believer" from Norco, Calif., said there are just too many similar ghost stories in Hawaii for there to be anything other than real supernatural encounters.
"My gut tells me that stuff is going on here," he said. "My gut tells me that there is so much documented in Hawaii, from organized groups, that there has to be something to it. There just has to be."
"Ghost Hunters" paranormal investigators Britt Griffith, Adam Berry and Amy Bruni will sign books and DVDs at 2 p.m. today at Barnes & Noble, Ala Moana.
The show, which investigates about 60 cases a year, will look into three cases while in Hawaii, but Griffith is allowed to give only vague details. The crew will be on Ford Island in Pearl Harbor, at a plantation location and at a home.
"We’re investigating claims of apparitions and voices, the full gamut," he said. "These locations have lots of activity claims. That’s one of the things that intrigued us."
Griffith is one of eight investigators with the show. But before he joined "Ghost Hunters" three seasons ago, he had already investigated hundreds of cases with a Southern California group called Pacific Paranormal Investigations.
He said he has seen things he can’t explain.
"I have seen a chair move six inches with no one touching it," Griffith said. "I have actually been shoved to the ground. It’s a trippy feeling. It’s not like a hand on you. It’s just your entire body getting pushed."
The Hawaii episodes will likely air in three to six months, he said.
In the meantime, fans of the show will have a chance to meet some of the show’s regulars. Griffith and fellow "Ghost Hunters" investigators Adam Berry and Amy Bruni will be the Barnes & Noble Ala Moana store at 2 p.m. today to sign books and DVDs related to the series.