Pu'u Pehe (Sweetheart Rock)

Pu'u Pehe (Sweetheart Rock)
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Address Manele Rd, Lanai City, HI 96763
It's a big rock in the ocean with a cool story.

• General: Cost: Free • General: Photo Opportunity • Hiking: Kid Friendly • Hiking: Length: 0-1 Miles • Hiking: Level: Easy
• Hiking: Nature Walk • Hiking: Out & Back Trail • Sightseeing: Great Views • Cultural & Historical: Heiau / Sacred Site

Guide Series: Hawaiian Mythology
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Pu'u Pehe, or Sweetheart Rock as it's more commonly called, is a huge rock sitting in the ocean. There normally isn't much to write about a big rock in the ocean but this one is a special. Let's start with the back story so you can appreciate why.

As legend has it, a young warrior named Makakehau from Lana'i was in love with a beautiful Hawaiian girl named Pu'u Pehe from Lahaina on Maui. The warrior was so in love with Pu'u Pehe that his eyes would tear up every time he looked at her.

Makakehau brought Pu'u Pehe to live with him and hid her in a sea cave at the base of a cliff because he was afraid to lose her. One day he leaves to gather supplies and sees a storm coming in and heads back. When he arrives back at the cave he finds that Pu'u Pehe drowned from the storm surge.

He then climbed to the top of the rock and buried her there, then jumped to his death on the sharp rocks below.

So that's the story the way we heard it. It's a neat place to come and take pictures and pretty easy to get to with a very short and easy walk. Just head to Hulopo'e Bay Beach Park, park there, head towards the beach but stay to the far left side and you'll end up on a dirt path that walks you around the bend and up to get a view.

Keep in mind that if the story isn't your thing and you aren't a photography buff then this really is just a big rock in the ocean. At least you'll also get to see Shark's Bay / Shark's Cove along the way.