Fall in Love All Over Again at Sweetheart Rock

By Lanai Tabura
Puu Pehe Rock, Lanai.  Photo:  Curt Smith.

Puu Pehe Rock, Lanai. Photo: Curt Smith.

When you talk romance, I can’t help but to mention Puʻu Pehe, better known as Sweetheart Rock on the island of Lānaʻi. This is the perfect couple’s getaway complete with its own love story.

Island Luxe

Four Seasons Lanai at Manele.  Photo:  Kirk K..

Four Seasons Lanai at Manele. Photo: Kirk K..

Sweetheart Rock is tucked away but within walking distance from one of the nicest resorts in the world, Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay. Book a plane ticket (or catch a ferry), reserve a room and walk your date to the sea cliffs for one of Hawaiʻi’s most magnificent views.

The Legend of Sweetheart Rock

Puu Pehe Rock, Lanai.  Photo:  jshyun.

Puu Pehe Rock, Lanai. Photo: jshyun.

Legend has it that a young man from Maui fell in love with a young woman from Lānaʻi. As he went off to fish and gather supplies, she rested in a sea cave at the foot of Sweetheart Rock. When he returned, he found that the high tide had trapped her, and she had drowned in the cave.

In rage he climbed to the top of Puʻu Pehe Rock to burry her. The heiau, temple, can be clearly seen as you hike up the sea cliff.

The young man then jumped 80-feet to his death into the crashing surf below to be with her.

Although that may sound tragic, it’s a true Romeo and Juliet, Hawaiian love story.

Fall in Love All Over Again

puu pehe rock

Puu Pehe Rock, Lanai. Photo: pgranna.

Order a picnic through the hotel, head to the black sand beach in the cove and share with your partner the great love story of Sweetheart Rock. The resort setting, the view, and the story – it’s enough to make anyone fall in love all over again.

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