You can take the ferry over from Maui, spend a day at Hulopo‘e Beach Park on Lana‘i, and then return to Lahaina in time for mai tais. If you’re staying at the Four Seasons Resort Lana‘i at Manele Bay, it’s just steps from your room. If you’re in Lana‘i City, it’s a short shuttle ride.
Swimming and body surfing are popular. Snorkeling over the reef at the east end is world class. The rocks at the ends of the beach shelter tide pools. The Four Seasons has a kiosk and beach lounge chairs set up near the hotel. Your every need will be met here. Hawaiian families tend to gather on the other end, though Hulopo‘e is spacious enough for everyone.
A trail for the east end of the beach leads to the tip of the point with a view over Pu‘u Pehe, or Sweetheart Rock. Of course, there’s a sad-sweet story of young lovers to go with it. A good time to go is near sunset, when the rocks take on a rosy glow. You may see local kids swimming around this little cove, and climbing atop some of the rocks. It’s also a good place to spot spinner dolphins and humpback whales.
Picnic tables, restrooms, showers and shade provide comfort on the east end of the beach.