Honolulu Ghost & Mystery Tours

Home of authentic historic tours and vintage films of Hawaii

At Steven Fredrick's Tours, we offer several exciting walking themed-tours for our guests. Van shuttle service is available too.

Guests of the walking tours are required to sign personalized liability forms prior to the start of the tours. The correct spelling of legal names are required. Failure to sign forms will prevent guests from being accepted on the tours. Reservations are required a minimum of 48 hours prior to the tour date. No same-day bookings are accepted. To make a reservation, please email: filmguy54(at)hotmail.com.

Our spookiest tour is called

The Honolulu Ghost Tour.

Ghosts and spirits have been a part of Hawaiian folklore for decades. One can not tell a good ghost story without having knowledge about the history of Hawaii and its people. It is the intension of this storyteller to provide our guests with an understanding of the Hawaiian culture in order to appreciate the power of the ghost stories of Hawaii.

The Honolulu Ghost Tour is a two-mile walk to haunted sites and mystical places in downtown Honolulu and Chinatown. Paranormal activity is known to occur at several of the sites visited. Our tour visits haunted locations where ghosts and spirits, such as Night Marchers, are known to roam. The tour visits famous landmarks, like Iolani Palace, and ordinary office buildings, where horrible murders occurred. This four-hour tour includes a rest stop at a haunted bar.

The tour is available seven nights a week, beginning at sunset. Guests meet the tour guide at a well-known site located in the Capitol District, near downtown. Free parking.

During the tour, we may encounter ghosts and spirits. Some are happy, playful spirits, while others ... are not.

Guests may find that some of the ghost stories are intense in nature. This tour is recommended only for adults. Children are not permitted on the tour. Cost: $40 per person. Special discount rates are available for group bookings.

The Honolulu Ghost Tour was created by historian Steven Fredrick after years of research. He has interviewed many people related to the sites visited on this tour.

Our second tour is special for fans of mystery novels and movie thrillers.

The Charlie Chan Mystery Tour.

The world-famous police detective Charlie Chan is missing! Nobody knows where he is. The Charlie Chan Mystery Tour is an interactive walking tour through downtown Honolulu. The intent of the tour is to uncover information leading to the disappearance of Inspector Chan.

Through a three mile/four-hour walking tour, the Charlie Chan Mystery Tour investigates sites associated with Charlie Chan, including detective Chang Apana's old Chinatown neighborhood and the piers adjacent to Honolulu Harbor.

By means of a series of clues and historical notes, guests visit the sites frequented by detective Apana, author Earl Derr Biggers, and the cast and crew of the movie The Black Camel (1931). The tour visits the sites of former police stations, coffee shops, gambling houses, movie theaters, and the residence of Number One Son.

The Charlie Chan Mystery Tour starts in downtown Honolulu and passes through Aloha Tower Marketplace and Chinatown. The tour includes a half-hour break. (Each guest is responsible for his/her dinner during the break.)

This tour, includes short rest stops, starts mid-afternoon. Participants are encouraged to carry sun protection items, and to wear comfortable walking shoes and clothes. Cost: $40 per person.

Our next tour is truly unique to the history of Hawai'i.

Hawai'i Wartime History Tour.

Step back in time to World War II Hawai'i. Join historian Steven Fredrick on a two-and-one-half mile walk through the streets of downtown Honolulu and Chinatown.

The four-hour tour visits original sites related to the Martial Law years (1941-1944) in Hawai'i. In the Capitol District, see the Executive Offices occupied by the Military Governors. Stand at the location of the Evacuation Drills of 1943. Walk the route of the V-J Day parade celebration. In Chinatown, walk the streets to the recreation facilities frequented by U.S. servicemen.

The tour starts mid-afternoon in downtown Honolulu. Cost: $40 per person.

Participants are encouraged to carry sun protection items, and to wear comfortable walking shoes and clothes. The tour includes a rest stop.

Our next tour takes us to the world-famous beach at Waikiki.

Spooky Waikiki, The Dark Side of Paradise

From the heart of Waikiki, come explore the dark side of the tourist district. On this tour, we visit sites of tragic events, both from the past and the present. We examine old beach-side businesses still operating today. We visit elegant hotels linked to mysterious events of the past. We visit a fast-food restaurant, which is the site of a contemporary murder. This night-time tour is not for the weak of heart. Cost: $40 per person.

Our next tour is special to movie buffs of Honolulu.

"The Black Camel" Movie Tour.

Are you a fan of South-Seas Cinema? Do you enjoy seeing old movies about Old Hawaii? If so, this tour is just for you. This tour is a step-by-step, scene by scene, reconstruction tour of the Charlie Chan movie "The Black Camel," as shot on Oahu in 1931.

This detailed tour includes short rest stops. Participants are encouraged to carry sun protection items, and to wear comfortable walking shoes and clothes. Cost: $40.00 per person.

Steven Fredrick, the Tour Guide, in Action.


In October 2021


Rated the most popular Honolulu ghost tour for Halloween for over ten years, the 2021 tours promise to be just as ghastly. This is a four-hour walking tour to the dark side of Honolulu. A visit to sites of crime, murder, suicide, madness and death.

GHOST TOURS IN OCTOBER: Every night in October 2021. Starting at 7:00 P.M. in downtown Honolulu. Due to the intensity of the ghost stories, this tour is recommended only for adults, 21 and over. Reservations are required 48 hours prior to tour date. Don't wait until the last day to make your reservation. Space is limited for this popular tour. Cost: $40 per person.

Comments from Guests

Chan Tour. "Thanks for going over and beyond on my tour yesterday. As you know, knowing more about the history of a place makes the present more meaningful." Donna Curry, Honolulu, April 2, 2017.

Chan Tour. "Mahalo. We had a great day." Lynn and Jim Scott, Oahu, March 10, 2017.

Wartime Tour. "My pleasure." Edric Sakamoto, Honolulu, February 7, 2017.

Wartime Tour. "Steve, Just want you to know we thoroughly enjoyed the WTHT. We appreciate all the research you did to put this tour together. A million mahalos!" Ann Ayling, Oahu, February 6, 2017.

Ghost Tour. "Thank you for showing us your ghost tour. It was super cool and you are a great tour guide. I had a great time checking out the haunted spots. I've never done a ghost tour before and enjoyed the unique experience. Thanks again." Edward Habal, Jr., Kaneohe, February 6, 2017.

Wartime Tour. "Really enjoyed the tour and all your personal tidbits. Thank you so much." Kathy Webb, Oahu, January 7, 2017.

Wartime Tour. "Just wanted to thank you for the fabulous tour today. Amazing what you don't know about all these places you're gone past for years. Very educational, not to mention good exercise!" Steven Proctor and Margo Bare, Kailua, December 28, 2016.

Ghost Tour. "Thank you again for your time on our tour. Everyone had fun and enjoyed the stories you told." Jessica Ranit, Waipahu, November 4, 2014.

Wartime Tour. "Steve, Thank you so much for a wonderful tour of downtown Honolulu on 8 February. You had a wonderful mix of knowledge, humor, and creativity which made the tour very enjoyable. I now feel I have an in-depth understanding of Hawaii and it's rich culture. I will definitely recommend this tour to anyone, even if they are not interested in history. It will definitely exceed their expectations. Thank you again." Chaplain Rick Tiff, USN, July 2, 2014.

Ghost Tour. "It was our last night on Oahu, so we decided to go on a ghost tour of Honolulu and Chinatown. Our guide was Steve Fredrick, who is a well regarded historian of island history. Our first stop was Iolani Palace. We walked through a graveyard and visited the capital building and areas of Chinatown. Steve took us to a haunted bar so we could socialize with the rest of the group. Our last stop was to the 7th floor of an office building, supposedly the site of a gruesome murder in the 1970s. At our hotel room on Kauai, images from our visit to Oahu were wiped out. The next day, all of our pictures from Pearl Harbor and the Aquarium were recovered. Not one picture from Steve's ghost tour was recovered. What happened to the pictures we took? I think there was something on them that we were not supposed to see. This one incident has made me a believer in paranormal activity." Ray Reisenaur, Big Island, May 2013.

A Private Tour. "I would like to say a few words about Steve Fredrick's tours of Honolulu. Steve was knowledgeable, spirited, and very interesting as he took two others and me on tours of many points of interest in and around Honolulu. He gave us a private and exclusive tour of the USS Arizona, Pacific Aviation Museum, and the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Steve took us to an old Hawaiian cemetery. Steve has a gift of making the past come alive, and he did such an outstanding job telling us the history of Hawaiian royalty as we toured the Royal Palace and walked through its grounds. I would highly recommend Steve as a tour guide for anybody interested in a most unique experience of Honolulu's, as well as Hawaii's, history. When I have the opportunity to return to Oahu, I plan to use Steve's services again, as his knowledge, friendliness, and helpful nature made my stay in his beautiful city a pure delight." Mrs. Fran Cargill, San Diego, CA, February 25, 2012.

Chan Lecture. "Dear Steve, Thank you for your superb presentation to the Sisters-in-Crime. It was outstanding. I enjoyed it so much. Thanks again."

Ms. Dawn Casey, President of Sisters-In-Crime, Honolulu, June 14, 2011.

Chan Tour. "This past summer (2010), I had the distinct pleasure of participating in Steve Fredrick's unique walking adventure, 'The Charlie Chan Mystery Tour.' In Chinatown, the beat of Detective Chang Apana, Mr. Fredrick's knowledgeable dialog and historical insights, combined with the visual richness and smells, took us back many decades in time. I could literally feel the presence of the legendary detective. Standing on the same old Honolulu pavement as Apana walked upon, brought his spirit to life for me. Thank you so much, Steve, for allowing me to participate in such a meaningful and memorable experience, one which I shall never forget." Rush Glick, The Charlie Chan Family website, January 9, 2011.

Christmas Ghost Tour. "The tour was great, Steve. Just the right of time. I liked the story about the Monarchy's son's portrait. I think Toni did too. The lights flickering was neat, also the big bellow or rolling mist. That was very cool." Jeff Rand, Louisville, KY, January 5, 2011.

Christmas Ghost Tour. "Aloha Steve, I enjoyed your tour: your many historic details, research, and interviews. The rest stop at the bar was good. I enjoyed the stories, but the highlight of the tour, for me, was the release of the spirits across from the Hawaii Theatre. Thank you for providing all of us with an enjoyable Christmas night. Steve Kaneshiro, Honolulu, January 1, 2011.

Christmas Ghost Tour. "Aloha Steve, We really, REALLY enjoyed it and, for locals, we learned A LOT. I don't think it was too long and I am 60-something years old. Highlight of the tour was your knowledge and wit, and ability to tell the story. Will recommend this to friends to friends ... you work hard for your money." Linda Conboy, Kailua, December 29, 2010.

Chan Tour. "Steve is an exceptional guide who made the tour not only interesting and historical, but lots of fun! Our tour took us through haunts and locations relative to the 30-plus Chan movies and six novels written by Biggers. Just as significant and interesting, we visited various sites frequented by Detective Chang Apana--the real life Honolulu detective whom the author based his hero on. Steve's preparation and research for the tour are ever evident. There's so much to tell, but it wouldn't be fair to divulge all of the surprises awaiting one on this fantastic tour! I highly recommend this tour to anyone who's a lover of the classic mystery novel and of course any Charlie Chan aficionados. Thanks Steve for a wonderful tour." Lou Armagno, Postal Affairs Manager, Pacific Air Forces, Hawaii, September 17, 2009.

Ghost Lecture. "I want to take a moment to thank you for sharing your research and knowledge of the spiritual world and ghosts of Hawaii with the students of the Interpersonal Communication Course (COM100). You proved to be a very knowledgeable and engaging speaker. The students here at the Intercultural Communications College were exposed to another way of thinking about Hawaii and its history which stimulated thought and lively discussion. This was evident by the questions students asked you. Questions ranging from why certain areas of Honolulu seem to have more spiritual activity than others to separation of the body and soul, as well as their own observations and beliefs concerning paranormal phenomenon. Your stories of Chinatown in the early 20th Century, your personal experience with the Night Marchers of Hawaii, the sometimes angry, sad, confused, and playful spirits found in the history and streets of Honolulu, all encouraged my students to think about and discuss the topic in a different way. This is, of course, the first step to learning." Steven M. Sigler, Adjunct Faculty, Upper Iowa University at Intercultural Communications College, Honolulu, September 10, 2009.

Ghost Tour. "Thanks for the great personalized tour! We had a wonderful time! It was so odd at how many different events occurred." Diana Moyer, Mt. Vernon, Washington, August 31, 2009.

Ghost Tour. "I have taken another tour hosted by Steve. It was very informative and a lot of fun. While I have not taken any of his new tours, based upon my previous experience, I can tell you that you will have a good time. Now I just need to find a way to get back to Honolulu so that I can take his new tours. Mahalo for the great time." Steven Domingue, Austin, TX, April 9, 2009.

Chan Tour. "Like the mix of history and Hollywood and little known facts; three wives, whip, scare, etc. All interesting. The most interesting was the police department and actual pictures of Apana. The haunted hotel was the most intriguing. I had a nice time and enjoyed all of the tour. I have already passed the tour information on to people who are having company from out of state. Good Luck." Maxine Rutkowski, Honolulu, April 7, 2009.

Chan Tour. "Hi Steve. Tracy and I had a grand time on your tour. We have told several others about the interesting time we had. I think I would like to see your other tours after seeing this one. We LOVED the clues along the way. Very fun. Really brought the neighborhood sense of things. Our favorite parts all had to do with Chinatown, i.e. gambling houses, opium dens, house of ill repute, etc. Give us the Charlie Chan dirt!" Kimi Elder, Honolulu, April 2, 2009.

Chan Tour. "Hey, Steve ... Best part of it all was the historic buildings and tales of Chinatown. Of course, we love Charlie Chan, and so it was great seeing, in his context, the buildings of Yore. The clues are great fun. We had a blast, and will look forward to a ghost tour come fall. In the meantime, keep Charlie going!" Kit Gifford, Honolulu, April 1, 2009.

Wartime Tour. "Thank you for the most informative and entertaining tour of downtown Honolulu. You helped us all imagine the lively, but very different scene of Honolulu in the 1940s." Deborah Forbis, Honolulu, December 28, 2008.

Wartime Tour. "Not only did we have a thoroughly informative tour, but much of the flavor of that era came through. Aided by unscheduled appearances by denizens of what appeared to be a bygone era, police chases and buildings frozen in time, we were treated to an engrossing afternoon. Steven Fredrick has deeply researched everything from yellow pages to matchbook covers to assemble a rich narrative of Honolulu during WWII. Visitors will be amazed and Kama'aina will be surprised at Steve's revelations of that time in our history." Phil & Dorothy Morris, Honolulu, October 5, 2008.

Ghost Tour. "A good storyteller. During his tour, Steve creates truly suspenseful atmosphere. Check this guy out." CC Jr., Honolulu, October 4, 2008.

Ghost Tour. "On Saturday night, I took Uncle Steve's ghost tour in Honolulu, and I saw choke ghosts. This haole boy knows his ghosts. Check this dude out." J C Lee, Honolulu, October 1, 2008.

Wartime Tour. "Being born here in Hawaii and living through the war years has always made me interested in those times. I was very surprised when I took Steve's tour that there still exists many of the landmark sites and buildings of that era. Even though I once worked as a truck-driver who made deliveries all over downtown Honolulu, I never realized the significance of many of the buildings that existed then and still do today. Steve has done extensive research about the war years and has come up with interesting facts about Honolulu that you may never learn about unless you take his tour. His knowledge and humor made the time fly and it was well worth my time! I recommend it to anyone who has interest in Hawaiian history, locales and people." Gerry Kim, Kailua, September 22, 2008.

Wartime Tour. "Steve - Thanks again for the historic tour. You did a great job." Nelson Smith, Hawaii, August 3, 2008.

Wartime Tour. "I think it would be good for my son and daughter to learn about what downtown Honolulu was like when my mother was a teenager, and my father was a newly arrived airman." Mary Lou Davis, Honolulu, July 24, 2008.

Ghost Tour. "We participated in the ghost tour of downtown Oahu hosted by Steve. We caught two whiffs of [the late Governor] John Burns' cigar [smoke] moments before we left [the haunted site]. At the time, Jamie watched me look over my shoulder [when] we were hit with a second blast of cigar smoke. Later, we confirmed having similar experiences. The haunted building of the murdered young woman freaked us out. Rest assured when we return to Hawaii, we'll be sure to make another stop with your ghost tours." Shah & Jamie De Marino, California, March 6, 2008.

Wartime Tour. "Your tours and film productions are so impressive." Cathleen Smith, Kaneohe, December 11, 2007.

Ghost Tour. "On 11/24, my girlfriend and I went on the ghost tour. I gotta admit, I wasn't expecting much. But by the end of the night, I have to tell you, it was a really good time! I'd recommend this tour to anyone. It was very entertaining, good exercise (cuz there was quite a bit of walking), and Steve was a personable and humble guide." Eric Engbretson, Florence, WI, November 24, 2007.

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