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Hawaiian Cliff Diving: a test of courage and loyalty

February 15th, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

In 1770, King Kahekili dove 63 feet from the cliffs to the water at Kaunolu Bay on the southern tip of Lanai island. He forced his warriors to follow suit, to demonstrate courage and to show loyalty. Hence forth, cliff diving has become a tradition in Hawaii. Today, at the Black Rock beach adjacent to Sheraton Hotel on Maui, we got to witness this tradition in a short ceremony. The ceremony was performed during sunset and the effect was, in a word, dramatic.









  1. February 15th, 2013 at 00:58 | #1

    Stunning pix! Great colour! Thanks for sharing. I think rotating the last shot slightly to “level” the horizon might make that dramatic splash more powerful to my eye though 🙂

  2. February 15th, 2013 at 01:59 | #2

    @Guo Du
    Alright, I’ve made your wish come true. I really should make the time to give this sequence of pictures justice.

  3. February 15th, 2013 at 02:10 | #3

    Yes! 🙂

  4. February 15th, 2013 at 08:22 | #4

    Would we see picture of you doing the dive too?

  5. February 15th, 2013 at 09:04 | #5

    Heh. I think I am scared of heights. The most juvenile thing I did on the beach was to use lunch tray as boogie board, and on a number of occasion, got pushed underneath the wave. From there, there was nothing I could do except to tumble my way back unto the beach. Lucky I wasn’t scraped up by coral rocks.

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