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.
All areas can have dangerous swells and currents during southern
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.