Black Rock Cliff Dive Ceremony

5 stars from 6 reviews
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

Full Description
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.

Brett D
Joined: Mar 2017
Reviews: 56
Likes Received: 1
Seeing people dive off the Black Rock Cliff was definitely a highlight of our stay. Each time we go there on vacation I watch and wish I could muster the nerve up to try diving off it myself but until then I am happy and content just watching. The lighted torches are awesome.
Sharon W
Joined: Feb 2017
Reviews: 25
Likes Received: 0
I love the beach at Black Rock cliff. It is one of my favorite beaches. I stay to watch the wonderful ceremony every time I am there. So amazing and beautiful!
Sharon A
Joined: Mar 2017
Reviews: 3
Likes Received: 0
Go every year. Love it here. Favorite place to go.
Lisa F
Joined: Jan 2017
Reviews: 48
Likes Received: 13
Lovely to see at sunset and if you cannot make it then, you can always see people diving off the rocks into the water. For all, it is a nice place to snorkel and see fish and turtles. Very pretty with the hotel in back and the beautiful ocean in front!
Vickey W
Joined: Mar 2017
Reviews: 123
Likes Received: 46
We stayed on Kaanapali beach on both of our vacations and were able to enjoy this on both trips. The torch lighting made for some great photos. The ceremony is just so neat to see.
Holly B
Joined: Feb 2016
Reviews: 13
Likes Received: 0
Our hotel is close to this location on Kaanapali beach. They have a diver every evening at sunset. Great snorkeling during the day, sea turtles, colored fish.
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