Waimea Falls

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According to local legend, in the past, when the gods needed a sacrifice they would claim one of the cliff divers whose body wouldn’t surface after he made a dive. Several days later, the spirits would release the body and it would wash up to the shore. It happened again and again for centuries, and locals regarded it as a sacred place. Now, cliff divers perform for tourists, and sometimes photographs show a phantom cliff diver diving along with the live ones. At low tide during the dry season, locals say the outline of a skeleton can be seen formed from the shapes on the cliff face and their reflection in the water.

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Geographic Information

59-864 Kamehameha Highway
Haleiwa, Oahu, HI 96712
United States

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21.63076974944181, -158.04385069013733
Honolulu County, Hawaii
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  1. Eleanor Crisostomo  |  

    I worked there as a Tour Guide from 1983 – 1995. I was running late for my walk tour that started at the waterfall. I decided to walk the original Stream Trail. As I walked, I could hear foot steps behind me. I looked behind and noticed the ti leaf plants were being pushed to the side, as if someone was walking behind me in a rush. Many more stories to come. I need to write them down.

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