Saturday, October 13, 2012

Aloha to Maui - Pu'u Keka'a (Black Rock)

Breaking News - the cast of Hawaii Five O are special guests at
the Navy Ball at the Sheraton Waikiki (as I write this blog).

We have a winner from last week's blogs - Winnie wins a book choice from my convention stash.   I start with the above picture, taken at dusk, of the the Pu'u Keka'a (Black Rock).   It divides Ka'anapali beach in half - I featured the boardwalk along the southern beach at this link (when I took this picture).   The following day, we parked near public access to the northern tip to walk down to the Pu'u Keka'a.     

The Sheraton has built a sprawling resort around it.   Here is a viewing point atop it - Moloka'i looms in the distant.

Looking south, we spotted the tourists staking their claim in the sand.  All Hawaiian beaches, even those fronted by hotels, are open to the public.

Let's check out the sail boat in the distance ... more tourists board for a snorkeling cruise!

We followed the hotel's breezeways for more views of Pu'u Keka'a.   Hawaiians before the missionary invasion believed it was a "leaping point" to the afterlife.*  They hoped that their ancestors' spirits, 'aumakua, received them.  If not, their souls wandered the area and attached themselves to rocks.  Hence the prohibition from claiming rocks as souvenirs!

* Some Hawaiians still practice the "old religion" while some Hawaiian Christians still honor the "old ways".

In Season One of Hawaii Five O, Steve referenced 'aumakua when he threw the gun runner into a shark cage.  Hawaiians believe that 'aumakua will protect them. 

It amazes me the beauty that grows from volcanic rock!

A few local kids jump from the Pu'u Keka'a.  Most of the tourists snorkel around it.   Would you jump from, snorkel around, or take a picture of the Pu'u Keka'a?   One randomly selected commenter from this week's blogs wins a book choice from my convention stash.  This giveaway is open to all readers.  Comments are open through Saturday, October 20, 10 pm in Hawaii.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, October 22.


Kim in Hawaii



  1. I would definitely take pictures. Snorkeling sounds fun, but I've never tried it.

  2. I tried snorkeling once and really enjoyed it after I go used to it. So I would snorkel and I would teak pictures.

  3. I would definitely take pictures.

  4. Well... snorkeling sounds fun but I don't swim so not sure how safe it would be for me. I would definitely take lots of pics!

  5. I would take pictures and hope they come out half as good as yours!

  6. I'd like to do all three. And I certainly would not take a rock.

  7. Congrats Winne! I'd be the one taking pictures of those snorkeling and jumping. Great pictures, Kim. How cool that the H50 cast is attending the Navy Ball!!

  8. Thanks Kim and everyone for the congrats! :)

    As for the Pu'u Keka'a, I think I would definitely take pictures and perhaps even snorkel around as well. :)

  9. Wtg winners
    Greats pics