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Natural Landmarks and Lookouts

Natural Landmarks and Lookouts
Natural Landmarks and Lookouts

© Steve Jurvetson

Its creation the result of volcanic activity, some of O'ahu's most celebrated natural landmarks testify to its hotspot origins—Diamond Head and Halona Blowhole, for example, were formed through volcanism. Other sites, such as Mānoa Falls and the Toilet Bowl, emphasize the island's powerful water connection. Still other locations point to O'ahu's settlement by the ancient Hawaiians, among them the Moli'i Fishpond and the Kukaniloko Birthstones.

Oahu | Natural Landmarks and Lookouts

Ancient Fishponds
  • Ancient Fishponds
  • Set on ancient holy grounds for Hawaiian royalty, the Moli'I Fishponds offer a striking look at the most progressive aquaculture found in early societies.
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Crouching Lion
  • Crouching Lion
  • As you drive down Kamehameha Highway through Kaʻaʻawa, you might look up and spot one of its famous denizens, the Crouching Lion, overlooking the ocean.
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Diamond Head
  • Diamond Head
  • Diamond Head Crater is Oahu's most famous natural landmark and is recognized around the world as a symbol of Hawai'i.
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Halona Blowhole
  • Halona Blowhole
  • In Hawai'ian, the word halona means "peering place; lookout," and one would be hard pressed to find a more spectacular lookout than that of Halona Blowhole.
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Kukaniloko Birthstones State Historic Site
  • Kukaniloko Birthstones State Historic Site
  • The small town of Wahiawa in Central Oahu was once the birthplace of Hawaiian ali 'i, or royalty, distinguished by the Kukaniloko Birthstone State Monument, a historic site that sits just off of Whitmore Avenue and Kamehameha Highway.
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Manoa Falls
  • Manoa Falls
  • The Hawaiian Islands generally evoke images of sand, surf and bikinis, but one of Oahu's most magnificent attractions cannot be found on any beach, but instead deep within the mountains of Honolulu in Manoa Valley.
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Nu'uanu Pali Lookout
  • Nu'uanu Pali Lookout
  • If you're a suspicious person, stay away from Nu'uanu Pali Lookout. Perhaps the curses that haunt the lookout are in payment for the vibrant view one sees from the top of the Nu'uanu Valley.
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Pele's Chair
  • Pele's Chair
  • When fiery lava flows down a volcano in Hawai'i, ancient Hawaiian mythology explains that Pele, the goddess of fire, is very much alive. Considered a feisty, charismatic, and volatile being, she is also the goddess of lightning, dance, and violence.
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Round Top Drive
  • Round Top Drive
  • Aside from your flight into Honolulu, or perhaps a helicopter excursion, Round Top Drive offers you another type of aerial view of the Honolulu skyline, this one by car.
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  • Tantalus
  • As you make your way up the twisting road to Tantalus Lookout, you can peer down at the commotion of the city below and marvel at the short time it took to go from the confines of urban Honolulu to...
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Toilet Bowl
  • Toilet Bowl
  • Toilet bowls are not generally pleasant topics. Talking about the Toilet Bowl on Oahu's east shore however, conjures up terms like "quirky," "unusual," and "fun." The Toilet Bowl is a...
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Wizard Stones
  • Wizard Stones
  • In busy Waikiki beach next to the police station are four plain boulders locked up behind a barrier. A few bushes grow near the fence, but there are no signs or explanations on the reason for protecting rocks.
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