Financial Watch | Fall 2019

Financial Watch Fall 2019 As you walk through the HPD Museum, you will come across artifacts that were all once owned and used by Honolulu Police officers and civilians back in the day. A couple of bikes, confiscated gambling pieces, badges, guns, and even the original manual for martial law from 1941 are all on display. These priceless artifacts, donated by members of our community, are cared for by museum founder and volunteer manager, Retired HPD Officer Eddie Croom. Walking through the gallery, the massive collection incites a solemn, yet eerie feeling. Looking over your shoulder, you’d half-expect to see someone or something staring back at you. In fact, according to Mr. Croom, visiting students often claim that the mannequin wearing the 1957 HPD uniform follows them around with its eyes. Indeed, the mannequin looks as if it’s staring into your soul. However, Mr. Croom reassures us that the energy in the room is friendly. It isn’t just the kids that see things, though. Mr. Croom recounts one Labor Day weekend discovery with the mannequin in the green 1932 uniform that gave him chicken skin. Typically, on Friday afternoons, Mr. Croom will tell the spirits “goodnight” before closing shop. This particular Friday before the long weekend, he was out and someone else closed shop instead – probably forgoing the “goodnight” routine. The next Tuesday morning, he came in through what was the museum entrance at that time and was taken aback by what he saw. The mannequin in green had been moved and placed upside down, with its hat still on, right by the entrance. Delicately balanced on its head, the mannequin was virtually free-standing, barely leaning against the wall next to it. No one understood how it ended up in that position. The doors had been locked so no one could get in. Even if someone did manage to break in, the mannequin itself weighs a couple hundred pounds and would be difficult to place upside down. Upon inspection, Mr. Croom noticed there was strange damage to the left eye. No one could find the missing pieces that broke off. To this day, the incident remains a mystery. It’s worth noting, though, that the green uniform on the mannequin was actually worn by an HPD Officer on December 7th, 1941 – the day Pearl Harbor came under attack. In another section of the museum, known as the “Hawaii Goes to War” display, many visitors often report feeling someone or something blow into their left ear as they read the displays mounted to the wall. But that’s not all that happens in this section. Across from the wall- mounted display is an old typewriter. Listen carefully when you’re alone, and you just might hear someone typing on it. Mr. Croom and other museum staff have experienced this many times before. It’s often said that some spirits rest with the objects they’ve used while they were alive. With so much history tied to the museum’s items, it is no wonder that the mana in the building is strong. Have you been anywhere historically important and experienced such a strong paranormal presence? The Honolulu Police Department (HPD) is one of the oldest police departments in the US. Formed in 1846, it is the only Police Department in the US to have served under three governments: the Kingdom of Hawaii, the Territory of Hawaii, and now the State of Hawaii. Fortunately, the stories of the Department are well-preserved at the HPD Museum located at the Main Police Station. With so much history, it’s no surprise that there could be something supernatural resting within the museum walls. The Honolulu Police Department Museum is located on the ground floor of the Main Police Station at 801 S. Beretania Street, Honolulu, HI 96813. It is open Monday through Friday (omit holidays) from 9:00AM – 3:00PM.

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