South Lanai

Sunny South Lanai is where you’ll find a mix of resort luxury and tranquility. Here you’ll find Hulopoe Bay and Manele Bay, a beautiful marine life conservation area where spinner dolphins can frequently be spotted soaring from the sea. 

Rising between the two bays is the Lanai landmark Puu Pehe, or Sweetheart Rock and Hulopoe Beach. You can also get off the beaten path and 4-wheel drive to Kaunolu, King Kamehameha’s summer fishing retreat on Lanai’s southern cliffs. Be sure to take a drive to Kaumalapau Harbor to see an incredible Lanai sunset.

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Island Highlights

- Hulopoe Bay: Home to one of America’s Best Beaches and the Four Seasons Resort Lanai.
- Puu Pehe (Sweetheart Rock): Take a short hike from Hulopoe bay to this iconic Lanai landmark.
- Lanai City: Charming central town, home to the Hotel Lanai and near the Four Seasons Resort Lanai, Lodge at Koele.
- Kaiolohia (Shipwreck Beach): This secluded beach features a ghostly ship still wrecked off shore.
- Keahiakawelo (Garden of the Gods): 4-wheel drive to this other worldly landscape.

Hulopoe Bay

Hulopoe Bay Lanai

The pristine beauty of Hulopoe Bay has earned Hulopoe Beach the title of America's best beach in 1997 by Dr. Stephen Leatherman (Dr. Beach). Located on Lanai's southern coast, Hulopoe Bay greets you with a stunning expanse of pearl-white sand and crystal blue waters.

One of the highlights of Hulopoe Bay is its large tide pools located at the eastern side of the bay. Carved out of volcanic rock, these tide pools are well protected, keeping the waters calm for exploring. Tide pools are created when rocky shores are covered and then exposed by the fluctuating tide. Small organisms adapt to this changing landscape, and many hermit crabs, sea stars, opihi (limpet) and small fish dwell here.

Location: Follow Manele Road south to the coast.

Kaumalapau Harbor

Kaumalapau Harbor Lanai

Kaumalapau is the main commercial seaport for Lanai. The original harbor breakwater located here was built in 1920’s but was severely damaged by hurricanes. A new breakwater was built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and was dedicated on July 7, 2007 giving Kaumalapau Harbor a one of a kind look. Buttressed by 819, white, 35-ton Core-Loc armor units — the largest of their kind in the world — the harbor appears to be surrounded by giant, jack-like concrete blocks.

Be sure to drive to Kaumalapau Harbor, perch yourself atop a stone wall and treat yourself to a romantic sunset. This is one of the best and most accessible spots on the island to get an unobstructed view of the sunset.

Location: Follow Kaumalapau Highway southwest to the sea.

Puu Pehe

Puu Pehe Lanai

Besides being a picturesque natural landmark, Puu Pehe is also steeped in Hawaiian legend. 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 whenever he laid eyes upon her they would mist up in tears. Hence his name: Maka (eyes) Kehau (mist). 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.

Location: A short hike from the Four Seasons Resort Lanai.

Kaunolu Village

Kaunolu Village Lanai

Kaunolu Village was a favorite fishing spot of King Kamehameha I in the 1790’s. This is the place he retreated to after conquering Maui, Molokai and Lanai. Here you’ll find a spectacular view of Shark Fin cove and Lanai’s southern sea cliffs, the remains of Halulu heiau (sacred temple), petroglyphs and “Kehekili’s Leap,” where warriors would demonstrate their bravery by diving off a 60-foot cliff. This is a sacred place, so please be respectful. 

To get to Kaunolu Village you will need a 4-wheel drive vehicle.

Location: Southern tip of Lanai, take Hwy. 440 west of Lanai City toward Kaumalapau Harbor.

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