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Legend of the Puu Pehe “Sweetheart Rock” in Lanai, HI; Hawaiian Culture & Heritage
On our Maui Sunset Sail from Gemini Sailing Tours, it is a romantic and relaxing ending to another perfect day. Whether you prefer to sip on one of our specially made Mai Tai or delightfully Maui Brewed Beers, you will enjoy the calm ocean, the cool breeze and the phenomenal scenic views of West Maui’s mountains; Lanai and Molokai. Both are recognizable landmarks and Lanai has some a legend we at Gemini Sailing Tours would like to share today.
Lanai Culture; Sweetheart Rock
Puu Pehe, also known as the as “Sweetheart Rock”, is one of Lanai’s most recognizable landmarks and it stands 80 feet tall. It is the setting for one of the most enduring legends in Hawaii. Between Manele Bay and Hulopoe Bay along the island’s southern coastline, Puu Pehe is situated about 150 feet offshore. If you take a closer look at this it is indeed a tomb-like structure resting at the summit that the picturesque sea stack reveals. There are no human remains in this “tomb” according to the archeologists who have studied the rock. As numerous bones from sea birds have been found near the heiau, the tomb, in fact, may actually be a bird heiau constructed by the ancient Hawaiians.
Legend of Puu Pehe
Now you know the basic description of the most recognizable landmark, Puu Pehe, let us get into the legend. The story is said that a captivating young princess from Maui was snatched by a young warrior from Lanai. He brought her back to his home island and took her as his wife. He confined the princess to a sea cave near the rock as he was so stricken with her beauty that he was afraid to let other men see her. The weather suddenly changed drastically one day, and the raging surf began to pound this side of the island. The warrior rushed his way back to the cave, but it was too late; his beloved bride Puu Pehe had drowned. He retrieved her body heartbroken and with the help of the gods, he managed to climb the steep rocks of the island where he buried her in a tomb. The warrior then leapt off the rock to his death as he was overcome with grief. Don’t let the legend overcome your common sense, just because the story of Sweetheart Rock is romantic and haunting, it is crucial you do not attempt to scale this rock. The rocky waters below are swift and treacherous and the walls are impossibly steep.
Sunset Sailing Tours in Honolua Bay, Lahaina, Ka’anapali Beach, Turtle Town in Olowalu, Molokai, Lanai, & West Maui, Hawaii
While sailing on the Gemini Sailing Tours Maui Sunset Sail, you will see the enchanting Lanai and now, knowing the legend of Puu Pehe, perhaps it will mean just a little bit more to you. With fine food, beverages and a beautiful view you will not be disappointed with how this sunset tour ends your day. Call Gemini Sailing Tours today to book your Maui Sunset Sail and let our services give you a memorable experience.