What’s a vacation without a little adventure? If you’re short on time and want to get the most bang for your buck read on for a three in one sightseeing activity. The only requirement is that you wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes. Get out your mosquito repellent, you’re going to need it.
Pali Lookout was the scene where hundreds of soldiers plunged to their death in the battle of Nuuanu where King Kamehameha succeeded in unifying the Hawaiian Islands.With its sweeping panoramic views of the Windward Coast, the Pali Lookout is a quick and accessible place to begin. Only a five mile drive from downtown, in a matter of minutes lush landscape begins to appear and suddenly you feel like you’re really in Hawaii.
From the Pali Lookout, head down the road on the right side and go past the “Road Closed” sign. Proceed down the Old Pali Road until you reach the highway overpass. There will be a ladder leading down under the overpass. Climb down and cross under the highway. Keep following the road until you reach the bottom, go left at the fork. There will be a concrete road barrier on the left for which you need to climb over to access the concrete stairs. At this point, you will be heading uphill and it gets a bit steep, you’ll have to grab onto tree roots and branches to keep balance, and your shoes will get muddy. It’s all in a day’s adventure. Keep your eye out for “WF” spray painted on tree trunks with arrows pointing the way. From here on, you will be relying only on these signs. The waterfall is small but no matter. You’re going to be so hot and sweaty, the cold water will be a welcome sight. Sit and relax a bit and get ready for the return trip. It’s a long walk back.
Commonly known as the summer house of Kamehameha III, these ruins are located in Nuuanu and date from 1847. Easy to access and a relatively quick walk, it’s also shaded with bamboo and has mostly flat terrain. From Pali Lookout, get back on the H-1 highway toward downtown. Watch carefully for the Old Pali Road exit (the very next exit after you get on the highway). Park in the small lot right off the road. Walk down the road parallel to the highway for approximately 5 minutes (if you reach the Board of Water Supply building on the right, you’ve gone too far). Keep an eye out for an opening in the bamboo on the left hand side of the road and enter. The trail will open up quite wide where you will follow it sticking to the trail on the left. It should only take about 15 minutes to reach the ruins from the entrance off the road.