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If you’ve ever heard of Alan Davis (A.D.’s), you’d know about the smooth log hinged in between the boulders; the telephone-pole-type log that so many people have walked the plank across, before jumping into the serene tide pool below.
But where did the log go? Last week, my boyfriend and I hiked to this spot beneath the popular Makapuu Lighthouse hike, only to find that the pole was gone! Supposedly, it was removed a year ago, and there were rumors of injuries. However – according to Hawaii News Now – there were no reports of any injuries, and the state was not responsible for removing it, so the whereabouts of this famous pole remains a mystery.
Nevertheless, this hike is still intact and is actually pretty easy to do. Many consider it more of a walk because it takes about 10 to 15 minutes one way and is mostly flat.
You’ll notice that after the lighthouse trailhead sign, the path veers off to the right into some dried brush. This path will take you to A.D.’s and is clearly laid out. But be warned that the ground is uneven with rocks in the beginning, and there’s also no shade. Bring water, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and even an umbrella if you plan on having a picnic by the beach.
This hike is part of the state park called Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline. Kaiwi in Hawaiian means “bones.” And there’s definitely been some ancient Hawaiian remains found here at one point or another, so please be respectful and don’t litter or do anything you wouldn’t do to your own home.
Once you reach the end of the trail, you’ll see a sandy beach to the right with kid-friendly tidepools. To the left is where the telephone pole used to be. Above is a natural rock formation known as Pele’s chair, where according to Hawaiian mythology was the last place Pele lived before going to the Big Island. You may even see some schools of fish if you bring snorkeling gear. The water gets deeper as you swim farther out from the shoreline, near the naturally-forming rock wall. Be careful though, because the other side of the wall can be dangerous due to h3 surf and currents.
Even though the famous pole has vanished from A.D.’s, the area remains as beautiful as ever. I still find it a peaceful walk with an even more pleasant view. You can easily see the east side of the island, especially on those clear Kona wind days. The water looks tranquil and glassy, and the sun hazy up above. Enjoy this hike, and be sure to take in all the beauty around you.