February 15, 2015
1461 UNITED STATES (Hawaii) - Sweetheart Rock in Lānaʻi
Lānaʻi, also known as Pineapple Island because of its past as an pineapple plantation, is the smallest publicly accessible inhabited island in the chain. Since 2012, it is 98% owned by Larry Ellison (Founder and Chairman of Oracle), the remaining 2% being owned by the state of Hawaii. On the southern coast of the island is picturesque Hulopoe Bay and its main boat harbor, Manele Bay. Rising from the sea just between these two bays is the iconic Pu'u Pehe, or Sweetheart Rock. Besides being a picturesque natural landmark, Puu Pehe is also steeped in Hawaiian legend.
Legend tells of two lovers, a Hawaiian maiden named Pehe from Lāhainā and a young warrior from Lānaʻi named Makakehau. He was so taken with her beauty that whenever he laid eyes upon her they would mist up in tears. Hence his name: Maka (eyes) Kehau (mist). He took her back to Lānaʻi and hid her in a sea cave at the base of Manele’s cliffs. One day while gathering supplies he noticed a storm brewing and started back, only to find Pehe drowned by the surge of the storm waves. Stricken with grief, Makakehau gathered his beloved in his arms. He wailed out to the gods and his ancestors to help him climb the steep rock island where he eventually buried her. He then jumped from this 80-foot summit into the pounding surf below.
About the stamps
The first stamp, Cut Paper Heart, designed by Antonio Alcalá (who used an illustration by Q. Cassetti) and issued on January 21,2014, adds another entry to the beautiful Love stamp series. The stamp art is reminiscent of liebesbriefe (ornately cut and painted love letters that are a form of scherenschnitte), the papercutting tradition brought to America in the 18th and 19th centuries by German immigrants.
The second stamp, Yes, I Do, is part of the Weddings series, and was issued on April 11, 2013. Designed by art director Ethel Kessler, it features the work of graphic artist Michael Osborne.
This is a post for Sunday Stamps II-8, run by Violet Sky from See It On A Postcard. The theme of this week is:Valentine's related: hearts, roses, jewellery, wine.... Click here to visit Violet’s blog and all the other participants.
Lanai - Wikipedia
Puu Pehe (Sweetheart Rock), Lanai - Lanai official website
Sent from Greenvale (New York / United States), on 04.02.2014
Photo: Peter French