Remember how I promised you a post about La’ie Point wayy back in the day? Guess who’s finally writing about it now?!
I’ve only ever gone cliff jumping once. It was right before I started med school–part of our class went whitewater rafting and stopped at some point to climb up a bunch of rocks to jump off. I made the mistake of looking down before I went and crud, it was a little hard to continue. (For those wondering, I did eventually jump.)
…Apparently, I didn’t learn from this experience, because I did the same thing here!
La’ie Point is located on the windward shore of Oahu. There’s a legend that a giant lizard (“mo’o”) used to patrol the area and would attack people who passed by.
A legendary Hawai’ian warrior named Kana set out to kill all the mo’o and when he got here, he sliced the lizard into 5 pieces and threw em’ back into the ocean, giving us the 5 small islands that surround La’ie Point today.
In actuality, this isn’t tooooo too high. I think it’s maybe around 30(?) feet, but my mind is really good at talking me out of things–from correct test answers to controlling a planned fall on the beam because I was worried I’d break something if I tried a real cartwheel. Self-preservation to the max, I guess. (This does not explain the non-test-taking ability.)
JT decided to jump first for moral support (thank you), saying, “Sometimes, you just gotta go for it,” before disappearing over the edge.
…So I jumped after him.
…and obviously, I lived, or I wouldn’t be writing about this now!! It was exhilarating, and the water felt so, so nice. I’m definitely glad I did it, even though I was initially kinda terrified on the inside. The way back up has a lot of sharp rocks, so I’d recommend wearing water shoes with the jump…or if you went barefoot like me, maybe have someone throw down your flip flops. (Thanks, Liz!)
In February 2016, huge waves pushed out the ginormous rock that used to sit in the hole at Laie Point. (The hole was originally created by a tsunami!)
One of Liz’s friends apparently swam out there before. (It’s a lot farther off than it looks.) I am not quite so hardcore, and we were about to acquire sustenance on our food hopping tour of Oahu, so swimming was a no-go!
- Are you afraid of heights?
- Have you ever been cliff jumping?