What does this look like to you?
If you guessed catapult, you’d be sort of right. It looks like you can pull a lever back and fling things, big things, big, human things, into the ocean. It’s actually this:
Located at Ka Lae which is considered the southernmost tip of the United States as well as the Big Island Hawaii. It is believed that when the Polynesians arrived, this is where they docked first. It became a great fishing spot where they would drill holes into the cliff to moor their boats while they fished. Now, if you’re a swimmer, I’m not, and you’re fearless, which I’m selective about, you can catapult yourself off this point. There’s a little maneuverability involved, skirting around random deep tidal pools and all that but here’s what it looks like; without jumping of course:
Let me be clear that these are strong currents. So if you do decide to jump, I hope you’re a strong swimmer or that gorgeous blue water will sweep you away or even into the cliff. If you look to your right you’ll see these:
Those are 14 turbines along that coast harnessing that unrelenting wind! They power 20% of the island!
If you’re still with me, well not with me, you probably jumped because you’re a brave, strong swimmer! You just jumped 40 feet. It was awesome and amazing and you can cross it off your bucket list! But now you find yourself asking, how do I get back up? Before you break out those rock climbing skills:
A handy ladder just for you so you can be back on your way to tell the tale of your awesome cliff jumping adventures to the world!