The Four Seasons Resort Lanai offers literally everything, and I sort of brushed upon it in this post. One of the things Josh and I did was hike to one of Lanai’s famous landmarks, Sweetheart Rock. It’s walking distance from the hotel and is not to be missed.
I recommend going EARLY in the day. Maybe even catching the sunrise if you can get yourself up that early. We went around 8am and I wish we went even earlier. It gets SO HOT and SO SUNNY! I honestly don’t know how I did it!
Overall, it’s a really easy walk from the resort (unless you’re pregnant, of course). Not gonna lie, the heat really got to me! But, I’m so glad we went, because it’s GORGEOUS.
So for those unfamiliar with this hauntingly romantic legend, the story of Sweetheart Rock is as follows: A warrior from Lanai captured a princess from Maui and brought her back to his home island. He didn’t want anyone else to see her beauty, so he confined her to a cave near the ocean. One day, a horrible storm came out of nowhere. He rushed back to the cave, but it was too late, his beloved princess had already drowned. He recovered her body, and heartbrokenly climbed the rock and buried her in a tomb. He was so full of grief he then leapt off the rock. So yeah, a little romantic, but mostly crazy – haha! Nevertheless, the scenery is something to witness for yourself.
To get to Sweetheart Rock, you walk all the way down the beach and turn right. It starts out as a path, and definitely pause and go down the stairs to check out the awesome tide pools!
Also, brings lots of water, sunscreen, and wear sneakers! After the tide pools, there is no longer a path to walk on. From there on out it’s jagged rocks that you have to navigate your way through. It takes some balancing and very careful walking.
This is Sweetheart Rock (pictured above), and there are two lookout points. The first you will see as you scroll down. It’s not as high up and an easier walk. The other is the cliff you see in the above photo, directly across from Sweetheart Rock. It definitely takes some climbing to get there, but is worth it.
To get to the higher lookout point, you basically follow the cliff up (pictured below). It’s super easy, but just watch where you walk and again, wear sneakers.
But first, the smaller lookout point:
Next, I’ll show you the higher one! It takes a little bit to get there.
We made it! There she is, sweetheart rock up close!
Coming up next, our Lanai vacation video!