Cliff-dive, Sheraton Maui, Hawaii

The historic Sheraton Maui Hotel has many features, but none are as daring and spectacular as the nightly cliff-dive.

As the sun begins its slow dive into the ocean, a runner lights torches around the grounds signaling the ritual of Lele Kawa (cliff diving). Legend tells us the last chief of Maui, Kahekili (Thunderer), proved his spiritual strength by leaping from sacred Pu-u Keka-a to the Pacific.

With sunset painting the sky, a young cliff diver honors his heritage each evening by re-tracing footsteps in the sand on Kaanapali Beach. A chant of old Hawai'i begins the progression of the warrior; the echo of the conch shell announces his arrival.

He leaves a trail of glowing torches surrounding the lagoon as he makes his way to Black Rock. Upon reaching the summit, he offers his torch to the ocean below, casts his flower lei into the sea; and finally takes the breathtaking dive from Black Rock into the rolling surf below.??Enjoy this nightly tradition at the poolside Cliff Dive Bar.

 

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