Thursday, March 28, 2013

Aloha to the Nu'uanu Pali Lookout and Old Pali Trail

The Battle of Nu'uanu serves as the last conflict between King Kamehameha from the Big Island and the Maui Army he pursued across the island chain.  The Maui Army jumped to their death rather than become Kamehameha's captives.   Once KaumualiĘ»i of Kauai signed a peace treaty, King Kamehameha united the Hawaiian Islands.  

The battlefield now serves as a historical monument with breathtaking views of ... 

... Kaneohe Bay.  Let's look closer ... 

... even on a cloudy day, tourists can see the triangle shaped island ... 

... that looks like a hat ...

... Chinaman's hat, to be precise!   It's Hawaiian name is MokoliĘ»i.

The Pali Highway cuts through the Ko'olau Mountains.   The old highway hugged the mountainside, following the path of the donkeys who transported people and supplies from one side to the other.

Now kama'aina and tourists alike hike along the old highway for a step back in time.

My kids noticed the graffiti ....

... and wondered how keiki (kids) suspended themselves to spray paint.

The Pali Highway overlooks the Mokapu Peninsula ...

... home of Marine Corps Base Hawaii.  The H2 highway connects the marine base with Pearl Harbor.  Do you have a favorite place to walk?  One randomly selected commenter from this week's blogs wins a book choice from my convention stash.  This giveaway is open to all readers.  Comments are open through Saturday, March 30.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, March 31.


Kim in Hawaii

This flower was plentiful along the Old Pali Trail.  
But I don't know its name!


  1. You are right about the view being stunning. Unfortunately, evening strolls around here mean mosquitoes but we used to brave post-work walks to the river.

  2. Absolutely gorgeous pictures, we do a golf course near us to walk around, it would be nice to have more green spaces around.

  3. Great photos again. Even love to visit there! Well.. not a big walker... because i get big allergic reactions to bug bites.. but did enjoy my walks in central park.

  4. I like to walk along the beach. I love to hike/walk when we are on vacation especially in forests, parks, anywhere near water. Love the pics!

  5. There are a couple mountain trails that I like to tackle in the Spring and Summer. I like them because I get some exercise while enjoying the scenery. Plus it's cooler under all those trees.

  6. Beautiful and interesting at the same time!! We have a park not too far away (although it's not walking distance) and occasionally I walk there with one of my friends.

  7. I used to like walking around Lorenzi park, but they have been doing so much construction there that I haven't been there in over a year.

  8. No fav place to walk

  9. I like to walk along the pier here.

  10. What gorgeous views. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Breathtaking is right! Just amazing pictures, Kim. There isn't anyplace close where I can walk - I always have to drive someplace and then it's just walking around ball parks or inside on a track in a church facility.

  12. Gre qt. pics,

  13. Great pics, Kim. Thanks for sharing!

  14. We have a wonderful park here. Its supposed look like a japanense garden or such. It has a nice pond with ducks! I love to take the kids. Nice pics!