PHOTO: This is one of the great views of Pu’u Keka’a from the Kaanapali Beach Hotel. (Courtesy Kaanapali Beach Hotel)
There are some wonders created by Mother Nature that just have to be experienced in person to be truly appreciated. We would say the Hawaiian landmark known as Black Rock definitely falls into that category.
Also called by the traditional name of Pu’u Keka’a, this unique rock formation is located at the north end of Ka’anapali Beach in Maui. It also serves as a naturally made divider, essentially splitting Ka’anapali Beach in half.
While it is beautiful to look at — especially from the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel — one of the most fascinating aspects of this site is its history and the origins of its formation. Created from one of the last occurrences of lava on that part of the island, Black Rock offers a rare glimpse into the product of an exciting geological phenomenon.
This is an attraction you cannot miss—literally. It towers over the nearby landscape, and it is impossible to overlook. Its prominent visibility attracts visitors and onlookers from all around the area.
Regional folklore says that this is the location where spirits of departed residents would leap to reunite with their ancestors. For this reason, the site has great traditional and spiritual significance for the local people. It is also connected to various superstitions and legends that are well known to natives and longtime residents. Folklore says this spot was chosen for many battles, in the belief that anyone who perished here would be in the ideal spot for their spirit to be transported to its final destination.
This rock formation and the area surrounding it has become a popular gathering spot for a number of reasons. The location offers spectacular views that you can’t find anywhere else. In particular, it is known as the perfect vantage point from which to enjoy stunning sunsets.
It is probably not surprising that this outcrop of formidable rocks has become a mecca for cliff jumpers looking for a new thrill—and a fun challenge. It was said to be one of the favorite jumping spots of King Kahekili, Maui’s last ruling chief.
Today, it is still a hotspot for cliff jumpers, but the area has also become attractive for those who love scuba diving and snorkeling. The fact that it is within close walking distance to several terrific beaches is an added bonus. Exploring this region can hold the promise for a day of adventure, or even give you enough activities to fill an entire weekend.
To make the most of your visit to the area near Black Rock, it is best to stay at a hotel that offers you close proximity to this spot, so you can conveniently stroll around the area and see all of the nearby sites. Choose a place that also offers other amenities and features that can help you enjoy a fun-filled getaway. Kaanapali Beach Hotel is a terrific choice, as it has become known as “Hawaii’s most Hawaiian hotel.” It offers excellent beach access, plus a great opportunity to immerse yourself into the authentic local culture. http://www.travelpulse.com/