On our way back to our hotel and down this incredible scenic drive, I noticed a small pull-off area with a narrow black stone staircase and platform. I ran right up the stairs to get the best views of the water. It was incredible. I also noticed a shrine on a platform with coins on it and remnants of broken statues. I hate seeing this as it's clearly been vandalized; sad to see something valuable to one can be worthless to another. Especially where they feel they have a right to destroy it. But, I digress; it stood there, tall and in command of the space. I didn't know what it was, but knew it was sacred. I simply said a prayer for protection and safety, took in the views, and some photos. After some research, I found out it's actually the Shrine to Drowned Fisherman. The shrine is a large chunk of volcanic rock. A small statue of a female deity used to face the sea, but has since been broken off. An old inscription credits the monument to the "Honolulu Japanese Casting Club."
I found this write up online: "Fishing along Hawaii's rugged southeastern coast can be productive, and also treacherous -- countless fishermen have been caught off guard by giant waves and drowned. In the 1930s, members of the Honolulu Japanese Fishing Club took on the voluntary but vital task of posting signs at the most dangerous spots that were known to be frequented by "casters." While placing signs at Bamboo Ridge, one of them was swept off the rocks and drowned. The club placed a "Jizo" (Buddhist guardian) statue of O Jisan at the location to protect future fishermen. Fishermen and the faithful would visit to leave offerings for the blessings of the deity. A group of Vietnamese Buddhists now care for the site, replacing the Jizo (which had been vandalized years earlier and ultimately removed) with a statue of equally protective Quan Am Nam Hai. An annual memorial service is held in November. Find out more about these seaside deities in the book Guardian of the Sea: Jizo in Hawaii by John R. K. Clark (2007)."
It's worth a stop to see the views and pay your respects. O'ahu has so much to offer along this coastal drive. This is a beautiful place and memorial for those who were bold enough to fish the unpredictable waters below and to the club member who gave their life to warn them.