By Billy Hammond (Copyright AELS)

I’ve always been able to see ghosts and spirits, but usually they’re pretty obvious and have features that alert me to their ethereal states. The following case was an exception.


I was a freshman in college driving home late at night from Hilo to Kona for the weekend. It was probably close to midnight when I reached the turnoff to Hakalau about fifteen minutes out of Hilo. There was a lone streetlamp lighting the turnoff and I saw an old man wearing khaki clothes and what appeared to be black riding boots standing in its light. He was wearing a pith helmet. I recall thinking at the time, “This old guy’s out really late at night. He probably has dementia and wandered off. I hope somebody comes and gets him soon.”


I continued driving until I hit the first of the big S curves where I had to drop my speed and saw the same old guy again standing on the side of the road! Needless to say, I was shocked! I passed him as I watched him out of the corner of my eye.


I slowed down to close to 25 mph for the sharpest of the S curves and saw the same old man appear in the middle of the road right in front of my car. I thought, “Old man, you’d better be a ghost!” and waited for the shock of impact. He vanished just before my car would have hit him.


Thinking about his attire later, I realized that it was something that probably dated back to the older plantation days near the turn of the 19th century. My guess was that he was a manager or something similar on one of the sugar plantations in the area.










By Billy Hammond (Copyright A.E.L.S)


English books by Billy Hammond published by AELS



I. Majoh Gakuin and Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools Trilogy

1. Majoh Gakuin & Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools

2. Lost Witch (The second book)

3. Fate & Magic (The final book in the trilogy)

II. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire Trilogy

1. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire

2. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire – Returns

3. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire – Challenges (The final book in the trilogy)

III. Fantasy fiction set in Japan

1. 21st Century Ninja

2. Regressed

3. Japanese Woman

IV. Fantasy fiction set outside of Japan

1. Dimension Jumpers