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February 21, 2016

Cliff Jumping History | A Savage Beginning

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Cliff Jumping History-

Cliff Jumping History dates back to the Nakoa Warriors in 1770.  Kahekili II was head-honcho at the time and the last independent King of Maui. Kahekili was no normal man; he was a war-chief named after a God. He lived a life hardly fathomable to any modern person. 

Fighting over the Hawaiian Islands as a whole, he and his Nakoa devastated every tribe standing in their way. Eventually, they took seven of the eight islands.  

Infamous for building a house of skeletons with the defeated remains of fallen chiefs, Kahekili was no featherweight. Going as far as tattooing half of his body black to resemble his namesake Kāne-Hekili– The God Of Thunder.

Staying true to his Godly roots,

he used mother earth to substantiate his men. Kahekili forced his warriors to leap more than 70 feet from a hallowed ledge on the south point of the island of Lana’i. Standing tall above the thunderous waves and shallow depths, these savage, red cliffs are unyielding monsters from any aspect. Kahekili considered the splash of the man to be very important and stood stout in judgment as his warriors leapt. They called this Lele Kawa: jumping from a high cliff, hitting the water feet first, and making no splash. This not only impressed the King, it was said to also win the favor of the women as well.

King Kahekili may have been a total wrecking ball on the battlefield, and constructing a house of skeletons is pretty horrifying, though not all turned out for the worse. Kahekili paved the way for the Kingdom Of Hawaii with his slaughters. These actions helped in the unification of the independent islands of Hawai’i, O’ahu, Maui, Moloka’i and Lana’i in 1795. In 1810 Kaua’i and Ni’ihau joined, completing the Island Union. The Kingdom was overthrown in 1893 and is now part of the United States.  

Unbeknownst to King Kahekili II, his legend will live on forever in cliff jumpers world wide. Not only for literally beginning the history of cliff jumping but for doing it Lele Kawa- style.