©Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA)/Tor Johnson
Perched nearly 1,000 feet high in the Koolau Mountain Range, this lookout from the pali (cliffs) offers astonishing views of the valleys, coastline and blue waters of Oahu’s windward side. A haunting twist frames this popular attraction: a gruesome battle that determined the fate of the Hawaiian Islands. When King Kamehameha and a rival chief battled here for control of the Islands, thousands of warriors, pushed off the escarpment, plummeted to their deaths in the valley below. With the powerful winds sweeping through this lookout point, it’s a multi-sensory experience. $3 parking fee.