You can't miss Black Rock or Pu' Keka'a, from anyplace on Ka'anapali Beach. Formed by an old lava flow it divides Ka'anapali Beach in half creating a haven for fish and snorkelers. A popular site for cliff diving too.
To ancient Hawaiians, Pu'u Keka'a was known as leina a ka ‘uhane which means “leap of the soul”. Legend says this is where the departed souls leap over into the spirit world. For this reason many battles were fought here since it was so convenient for the dead warriors soul to find its way into the spirit world.
King Kahekili, Maui's last ruling chief, was known for his skill at lele kawa, meaning to jump from a high cliff or rock into the ocean. Both Oahu and Lanai have places known as Kahekili's Leap, cliff ledges where Kahekili was known to jump from but Maui's Pu'u Keka'a was his favorite spot and it was where he made his most impressive jumps.
Ka'anapali Beach is a long strip of gorgeous sand, packed full of sun burnt tourists. It's a hassle to get to because of the miles of hotels lining the beach. Parking is a challenge but it's definitely worth a day trip from Kihei. Bring your snorkel gear and reef safe sun screen and if you're feeling bold, join the departed Hawaiian souls and jump from the top.
Part time Maui resident sharing my Kihei condo with guests when I'm staying in my mainland home.