I Nearly Drowned in Maui

The Seven Sacred Pools in Hana (Maui).

In 1994, I traveled with several friends to Maui. Midway through the trip, we drove fours hours to Hana on the back side of the island. We visited the Seven Sacred Pools, a series of ponds and waterfalls stretching from the mountain to the sea. At the lowest pool bordering the ocean, the pond is split in two by a reef.

As I walked atop the reef, I noticed a local Hawaiian man diving into the pool, disappearing, then…