Cliff Jumping

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Nu'uanu Pali Lookout

So if you know me, you know there are 3 things I REALLY don't like in life.  1)  Bugs, especially the roaches in Hawaii 2) Heights 3) Falling...and not necessarily in that order.

When the boys said they planned on go cliff jumping, I figured I'd go along for the ride.  Matt had friends visiting and it’s always nice to hang out when people are in town.  We took a drive out toward the Nu'uanu Pali Lookout, since his friends wanted to see it.  I had not been there yet, so it was a nice detour for me.

The Pali Lookout gives you breath-taking views of the Windward side and the town of Kailua.

I finally jumped. Took me about 5 attempts and an hour or so.
  It also played a part in Hawaiian history. It was here in 1795 that King Kamehameha and his warriors defeated the O'ahu armies by sending them over the steep, forested cliffs, and by doing so claimed his victory and united the Hawaiian Islands.

No one went over the Pali the day we were there, but it was awfully windy.

From the Pali we drove back toward town, and the boys pulled over to the side of the highway.  We climbed out, leaving the cars on the shoulder (only in Hawaii I swear).  Two minutes later after a walk through the woods, we were at a cliff looking down into a pool of water.  There were a couple of local kids already jumping into the murky water.  I was EXTREMELY skeptical about how smart this would be, but the kids assured me that they had been jumping for nearly an hour and there was no way they got close to touching anything under the water.

The boys took no prisoners and jumped time after time.  I would like to say that I was as fearless, but let’s get real.  Please refer to numbers 2 and 3 above.  I tried a couple times, walked to the edge, looked down, nearly threw up and backed away.  Finally after the ultimatum of “we won’t go again until you go” I stared at the trees, ran full speed and took my leap of faith.

UNREAL!!  I thought I would hit the water right away, but falling 40 ft. takes longer than I had anticipated.  I screamed the whole way down, and once I was underwater I was sure I was never making it to the surface.  When I got there though, I was ELATED!  WHAT A THRILL!

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Nuuanu Pali Lookout
Nu'uanu Pali Lookout
I finally jumped.  Took me about 5…
I finally jumped. Took me about …
Nuuanu Pali with Shelly
Nu'uanu Pali with Shelly
Getting blown away at the Pali
Getting blown away at the Pali
Walking to the cliff
Walking to the cliff
Local boy we went jumping with
Local boy we went jumping with
Banyan Tree
Banyan Tree
There goes Matt!
There goes Matt!
Pounds waiting patiently for me to…
Pounds waiting patiently for me t…
Go Kathy!
Go Kathy!
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