Kipu Falls, Hawaii Swimming Hole, Is A Deadly Tourist Trap

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The ‘Pool of Death’ is located in Hawaii’s Kipu Falls along the Huleia Stream and it is a scary as hell reminder of the dangers on the big island….and the powers of the ocean. 

Travel guidebooks call Kipu Falls “a glorious little hidden place” and a “swimming hole extraordinaire.” But the alluring beauty of the waterfall and natural pool conceals a deadly side.

Five visitors have drowned at Kipu Falls in the past five years, including two since December. In most of the cases, the swimmers jumped off the top of the waterfall into the pool of blue-green water about 20 feet below, then were pulled to their deaths while attempting to swim to the shore. Others have suffered chest injuries, rope burns, perforated eardrums and broken and sprained ankles. A teenage girl was paralyzed after jumping there.

Native Hawaiians and other locals know from experience that fluctuating tides and seasonal changes can make this the swim of a lifetime, or the end of a life. When you see just how much the pool changes in just a short period you’ll know why it’s a jump best left to native islanders.

Would you jump in?

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