The wave has existed ever since the island of Maui rose from the depths of the Pacific Ocean thousands of years ago. The Peah’i valley cuts directly into the North Pacific and the river that flows thru it cuts a channel which defines the line that one must cross if you wish to venture out to the realm where the World’s most legendary wave breaks on only the largest Winter Swell. I was a junior in St Anthony High School when my biology teacher, also a surfer and windsurfer, showed my class a picture of the wave breaking at 35ft.
My entire being froze instantly. “Domes” he said, “Jaws is also a name for it, its out in Haiku past Hookipa, and its only been attempted a few times. It might be the heaviest wave on the planet” What an awesome Biology teacher Dan Schulte was!!