Puu Pehe, or Sweetheart Rock, one of Lanai’s most recognizable and accessible landmarks, rises 80 feet right off the coast between Manele and Hulopoe Bays.
Puu Pehe, or Sweetheart Rock, is one of Lanai’s most recognizable and accessible landmarks. And rightfully so. Besides strikingly rising 80 right off the coast between Manele and Hulopoe Bays, Puu Pehe is also rich with legend.
The legend goes that a beautiful Maui princess named Pehe from Lahaina was captured by a young Lanai warrior named Makakehau. The warrior, taking her as his wife, brought her back to his home island.
He was so enamored with her that whenever he laid eyes upon her they would mist up in tears. (Hence his name: Maka (eyes) Kehau (mist).) This strong emotion caused Makakehau to be afraid other men would try to steal her from him. Because of his he would hide her in a sea cave near Puu Pehe at the base of Manele’s cliffs.
One day, as the warrior was away gathering supplies, a storm suddenly arrived. The raging surf began pounded this side of the island. The warrior rushed back to the cave, but it was too late. He was devastated to find his beloved Pehe drowned by the surge of the storm waves.
Heartbroken, he retrieved her body and wailed out to the gods and his ancestors for help to climb the steep rock. Once at the top, he buried her in a tomb. Overcome with grief, the warrior then jumped from the 80-foot cliff to his death is the surf below.
Location: A short hike from the Four Seasons Resort Lanai southeast past Hulopoe Beach and the rocky tide pools of Sharks Bay. Sunrises and sunsets here are pretty epic with potential views of dolphins, sharks and whales.