These cliffs, called Ha’ele’ele, are known to Hawaiians as the lifting of point for spirits entering the after-life.According to mythology, spirits and ghosts would come to Polihale from other parts of Hawaii. Long ago, homes were even built near Polihale with no east-facing doors to prevent traveling spirits from getting trapped inside.
After resting at the heiau at Polihale Beach, the spirits would climb the 300-foot seacliffs and leap off to get to Po -- the offshore afterworld. Polihale means House of Po. The heiau at Polihale is one of the oldest and most sacred in Hawaii. It remains even today.