Hawai'i Coral Reef Network

Marine Protected Areas in Hawai'i

Manele-Hulopo'e MLCD, Lana'i

309 acres Established 1976


Manele and Hulopo'e are adjacent bays on the southern coast of Lana'i. Take Hwy. 441 eight miles from Lana'i City to the coast. Parking is available at either bay. If arriving by boat to Manele Harbor, Hulopo'e Bay is about a 10 to 15 minute walk.

The MLCD is divided into two subzones. Subzone A extends from the highwater mark seaward to a line from Kaluako'i Point to Flat Rock, then to Pu'u Pehe Rock. Subzone B extends from the highwater mark seaward to a line from Pu'u Pehe Rock to Kalaeokahano Point.

Manele and Hulopo'e Bays are separated by a volcanic cone, eroded on the seaward edge to form Pu'u Pehe Cove. A sea stack, Pu'u Pehe Rock, is located just offshore of the cove's left point.

The ruins of the ancient fishing village of Manele extend from the area just inland of Manele Small Boat Harbor to Hulopo'e Beach Park.

Within Manele Bay corals are most abundant along the sides of the bay near the cliffs, where the bottom slopes off quickly to about 40 feet. The middle of the bay is a sand channel. Just outside the western edge of the bay near Pu'u Pehe rock is "First Cathedrals", a popular SCUBA destination.

Hulopo'e Bay has large tidepools at its left point. A shallow reef is just offshore, providing excellent snorkeling opportunities.

Pu'u Pehe Cove has clear water and considerable marine life. Coral growth is interspersed with sand patches, and most coral is found away from the narrow beach in about 10 to 15 feet of water.

Safety considerations

All areas can have dangerous swells and currents during southern (kona) storms.

Access to Pu'u Pehe Cove is dangerous. The cliffs are steep, and the loosely packed lava results in unstable footing.

Boat traffic is common in Manele Bay.


Restrooms at Manele, showers at Manele and Hulopo'e.


Hook-and-line fishing for finfish is permitted from the shoreline in Subzone A. Fishing by any legal method except spear, trap or net other than thrownet is permitted in Subzone B. Any other type of fishing, taking or injuring of marine life is prohibited. Taking of any sand, coral or other geological feature is also prohibited. Manele Small Boat Harbor is a Fisheries Management Area, and net fishing is permitted subject to certain restrictions.

No boating is permitted within Subzone A.

Hulopo'e Bay. Hulopo'e Beach is visible in the distance at left. To the right is Pu'u Pehe Rock.

See also: Administrative Rules

Last update: 6/12/2002