For similar accounts of clif jumping at Hilo see:
1876 Mrs. Brassey
: Surfriding at Hilo.
1886 Walter M. Leman : Cliff Jumping, Hilo.
We went down one
afternoon to a valley near at hand, through which the Hilo River flows
in a deep ravine.
Here we witnessed feats of swimming and diving, and also saw the great leap of which travellers speak.
The man jumps ungracefully from a height of ninety to a hundred feet, clearing five yards or so of projecting rock in his descent.
It's an awful exploit, and I dare say he will kill himself ...
At present he makes a fair profit from this daring exhibition, and falls feet foremost into the stream with apparently no sort of injury.
There are falls
at the upper end of the ravine and over these the natives in scores are
sliding and re-sliding.
Girls and women, men and boys, all plunging about in the water, climbing up rocky walls and hurling themselves in again for quarter dollars, and enjoying it amazingly.
We left when our stock of silver was exhausted, but they splashed and paddled and dived about in infinite enjoyment for hours afterwards.
Sampson, Low, Marston, Serle and Rivington.
Crown Buildings, 180 Fleet Street, London, 1882,