In South O’ahu is Nuuanu Pali Lookout, which sits atop the 985-foot cliffs of the Koolau Mountain Range, where more than 400 warriors were thrown over the cliffs in a famous fierce and bloody battle, which led to the unification of Hawaii under one ruler, King Kamehameha I. This area was also said to be home of Kamapua’a – a demi god, half man, half pig. Thus, it is said that anyone who goes to the lookout with pork in their pockets or car will have bad things happen to them.
Down the hill from Nuuanu Pali Lookout on Pali Highway is Queen Emma’s Summer Palace, which was located in Nuuanu Valley, known as “Cool Heights.” This was once the summer retreat of Queen Emma, who was the wife of King Kamehameha IV. It was the ancestral home of John Young II, son of the Englishman who was an adviser to King Kamehameha I. He willed the place, named Hanaiakamalama, to his favorite niece, Queen Emma, in 1857.
Cites: O’ahu This Week; Welcome to O’ahu