Swimmers lament loss of Alan Davis "jumping pole"

Published: Oct. 7, 2011 at 11:09 PM HST|Updated: Oct. 8, 2011 at 12:27 AM HST
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn
Shahanna Avilla
Shahanna Avilla

By Brooks Baehr - bio | email

HAWAII KAI (HawaiiNewsNow) – A utility pole secured boulders and pointed out over a popular swimming spot called Alan Davis along the Kaiwi Shoreline has been cut up and removed. Swimmers who for years have used the pole as a jumping or diving platform are sorry to see the pole go and want to know why it was removed.

"This place is magic. I mean you come here on a sunny day and just hang out and jump into the ocean. Swim a little bit. Climb onto the rock. Warm up. Jump back into the ocean and the log was an instrumental part of that," said Kealoha, a Nuuanu man who was disappointed to find the pole missing.

"I was like mad and disappointed," added Kalihi resident Shahanna Avilla who was with friends swimming at Alan Davis Friday.

"It's not as fun anymore. Kind of took the uniqueness away from it," commented Kaneohe Resident Caitlin Keolanui-Bradshaw.

Some of the regulars told Hawaii News Now they had heard the pole was removed because someone had been hurt while jumping from it. The land at Alan Davis is part of a state park called the Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline. A spokesperson with the Department of Land and Natural Resources said the park's division has not received any reports of injuries at the jumping pole. She said the state did not cut the pole or remove it.

So who did? And why? The answers to those questions are still a mystery.

"They should put another log back in there and let us go back, because the log was Alan Davis," said Nohea Wilkinson of Kaneohe.

Copyright 2011 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.