Sweetheart Rock (Puu Pele) on the Hawaiian island of Lana'i is the site of a tragic story of two lovers. Legend tells of two lovers, a Hawaiian maiden named Pehe from Lahaina and a young warrior from Lanai named Makakehau. He was so taken with her beauty that he took her back to Lanai and hid her in a sea cave at the base of Manele’s cliffs. One day while gathering supplies he noticed a storm brewing and started back, only to find Pehe drowned by the surge of the storm waves. Stricken with grief, Makakehau gathered his beloved in his arms. He wailed out to the gods and his ancestors to help him climb the steep rock island where he eventually buried her. He then jumped from this 80-foot summit into the pounding surf below.
A tragic love story - but a beautiful little hike and view. You can reach sweetheart rock by walking from Manele Bay past Hulopoe Beach and the rocky tide pools. Hike up the path along the rocky cliffs for about 15-20 minutes and you’ll soon overlook this Lanai landmark.
An extremely photographic area - I suggest you walk all the way to the top to get the best views!