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Exploring O’ahu’s South Side


South O’ahu

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





Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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