Black Rock Cliff Dive Ceremony

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Address 2605 Kaanapali Pkwy, Lahaina, HI 96761
Nightly torch lighting and cliff diving ceremony at Kaanapali Beach.

• General: Cost: Free • General: Performing Arts • General: Photo Opportunity • Sightseeing: Great Views

Daily Cliff Dive Ceremony that takes place at Black Rock Beach (Pu'u Keka'a). According to Hawaiian legends, the last chief of Maui, Kahekili, proved his spiritual strength by jumping from sacred Puu Kekaa (now commonly called Black Rock) and into the ocean below.

Today, they honor this tradition using a professional cliff diver. It's organized by the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa and begins at sunset. A conch shell and torch lighting signal the start of the nightly ritual of Lele Kawa, or cliff diving. One by one the torches are lit as the diver makes his way to Black Rock. Once he reaches the summit he offers his torch and a flower lei to the ocean and takes the plunge.

It's an impressive show to watch and something best left to the professionals. You can watch from the Sheraton or anywhere along the north end of Ka'anapali Beach (the northern end being Black Rock Beach (Pu'u Keka'a)). There is no charge to watch.