Puu Pehe (Sweetheart Rock)

Rising from the sea between Manele and Hulopoe bays on the southern coast of Lanai is the iconic Puu Pehe, or Sweetheart Rock.

The legend goes that a young warrior named Makakehau was so taken by a Hawaiian maiden named Pehe that he hid her in a sea cave at the base of Manele’s cliffs. 

During a storm, Pehe drowned and a grief-stricken Makakehau asked the gods to help him climb the steep rock island where he eventually buried her. 

He then jumped from this 80-foot summit to his death. Sunsets here are particularly romantic.