Scenic Locations Often Share Great Stories

It’s said that behind almost every great location is a great story. Fortunately for visitors and residents, Hawaii is home to some of Earth’s greatest locations, which means many of its most scenic spots are also chock-full of Hawaiian tales and legends of spiritual beings or individuals who made their mark there. You’ll find that many of these stories also cultivate a connection to the Native Hawaiian culture and people, inspiring a deep love and respect for the Islands. Consider the legends below when you visit these scenic locations:
Alekoko “Menehune” Fishpond (Kauai) – Legend has it that Hawaii’s mythical Menehune – a lineage of little people who performed legendary engineering feats – built this fishpond in a single night more than a thousand years ago. Forming a line stretching to the village of Makaweli located 25 miles away, it is believed Menehune passed large stones hand-to-hand to build the pond, which was used by the ancient Hawaiians to cultivate and catch fish.
Nuuanu Pali Lookout (Oahu) – Now world-renowned for its strong, howling winds and panoramic views of the majestic Koolau mountain range and verdant Windward Coast, the Nuuanu Pali Lookout is also the site of the brutal Battle of Nuuanu. The 1795 conflict ended with the future King Kamehameha I and his warriors defeating armies of the island of Oahu in his quest to unify the Hawaiian Islands under one rule.
Iao Valley State Park (Maui) – The 1,200-foot lava remnant Iao Needle is one of Maui’s most recognized natural landmarks and a great spot for easy hiking and sightseeing. It, too, was the site of a major battle in Kamehameha I’s pursuit to unite the Hawaiian Islands under his rule – the 1790 Battle of Kepaniwai, where the future king and his army defeated forces of the island of Maui.
Pololu Valley Lookout (island of Hawaii) –  Continue driving north on the island’s Route 19 and 270 – beyond where the black lava landscapes of the Kohala Coast give way to the emerald pastures of North Kohala – and you’ll be rewarded with the unforgettable, end-of-journey view from the Pololu Valley Overlook. The lookout offers inspiring vistas of verdant Pololu Valley, the island’s rugged northeastern coastline, offshore islets and a black sand beach where valley meets sea.


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