Sweetheart Rock on Lanai's coast

Honeymoon Hawaii with Some of the Islands Most Romantic Spots

The land of aloha is the land of lovers

by Wendy Dessler

Sweetheart Rock on Lanai's coastHawaii is one of nature’s most beautiful works of art. The beauty of the islands, the crystal clear sea, the mystery of the sands and the power of volcanoes are just a few of the attributes that make Hawaii a paradise for lovers. Every year, thousands of lovers make their way to the islands’ shores to honeymoon Hawaii or celebrate a wedding or anniversary. So, it should come as no surprise to learn that Hawaii is more than a modern honeymoon spot, it is a land where romance is part of the legend.

Pehe and Makakahau

A very long time ago, on the beautiful island paradise of Lanai there lived a beautiful maiden, named Pehe. She was tall and her golden brown skin glowed from the exotic oils she used to keep it soft. Her eyes were brown, with tiny flecks of amber. Her long dark hair fell past her waist and swayed when she danced. She was the most beautiful woman of the islands.

Lanai was also home to a brave and handsome warrior named Makakahau. His shoulders were broad and he was sharp and fast. He was dark from the sun, and some said blessed by the Gods with his stunning looks.

One day while in the marketplace, Makakahau saw Pehe and was captured by her beauty. A pursuit began and soon the couple was in love. They loved each other deeply but Makakahau had one problem. He was consumed with jealousy. He was always ready to battle for Pehe and would attack any man that he thought was looking at her too closely. His jealousy was so overpowering, that when Makakahau had to go away for battle, he would imprison Pehe in a cave on the peninsula shore. She loved him so much that she did not object.

One day while Makakahau was away and Pehe was locked in the cave, a storm came. Makakahau tried so hard to get to Pehe, but he was too late. She drowned in the cave while waiting for her lover to rescue her. Grief-stricken, Makakahau carried her body to the top of the sea stack that overlooked the peninsula, and there he buried his love. Then he threw himself off the sea stack to his death. From that day on, the Sea Stack of Lanai was known as Sweetheart Rock.  

This is just one of the many stories of ancient lovers of Hawaii. The islands are full of history, customs, and wonders. There is so much to see and experience, you need a professional to guide you through.

Hulopoe Bay, Lanai

Should you and your lover want to set eyes upon the legendary Sweetheart Rock, your travels will take you to the island of Lanai. One of Hawaii’s least populated destinations, it is a perfect place for lovers to get lost in the beauty of the landscape in stunning Hulopoe Bay.

This protected bay offers an incredible experience of the natural beauty of the islands. The large tide pools, carved out of volcanic rock are very calm. Here you will experience marine life like nowhere else. It is a perfect island to connect with your lover while the two of you take your love to the depths of your soul. You are asked to leave every stone, every shell, every plant, just as you found it. Untouched and completely in its place in the circle of life.   

Honeymoon Hawaii at the Four Seasons LanaiThe Four Seasons Resort Lanai offers luxury accommodations perched above Hulopoe Bay. The hotel offers a variety of room and suite styles perfect for a couple looking to celebrate their first days of marriage. For more information and to make reservations, visit the Four Seasons website.

Stargazing on Hawaii Island

If off-the-beaten path isn’t quite your style of honeymoon, consider a trip to the Big Island for some of the world’s best stargazing. High atop Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano 4,207 feet above sea level, is one of the most renowned astronomical sights in the world. There are 13 telescopes that represent 11 countries, making unimaginable heavenly discoveries. This is the tallest sea mountain in the world, and lovers experience a rare treat. The sky at this elevation is so clear, that the stars look like diamonds glittering the sky. The sky is literally lit up in a way few will ever see.

Tours are available to allow you the most personal experience of stargazing. Warm parkas, dinner, and transportation are provided through the tours. This is a must-see for honeymooners.

Honeymoon Hawaii at the Fairmont OrchidThe Fairmont Orchid is a stunning, oceanfront resort about 1 1/2 hours drive from the Mauna Kea observatory. The full service hotel has a variety of room and suite styles and a Make Room for Romance package perfect for honeymooning couples. For more information and reservations, visit the Fairmont Orchid website.

Can you write your love story on the islands?

There is no more romantic place to begin your life as man and wife than Hawaii. You can experience all the raw romance that the ancestors of the area knew. But how can you make it happen?

Today’s bride and groom are choosing to set up a honeymoon registry to allow their guests to help make their dreams come true. The concept stems around the idea that most couples live together or at least on their own before getting married. So a registry for housewares isn’t necessarily needed. My recommendation for a honeymoon registry that could help make your Hawaiian dreams a reality is Plumfund. It is a trusted, free service that allows the couple to share their desires on the internet and an avenue for the guests to pay for some of them as a wedding gift. This way, your guests don’t have to guess at what you could possibly need. And you get to honeymoon Hawaii. Aloha! 

Wendy Dessler frequently writes about travel, the Hawaiian islands and the latest advancements in digital marketing. She works with Plumfund through Outreachmama. 


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