Nuʻuanu Pali is a popular location that is found on a section of the windward cliff of the mountain of Ko'olau. This mountain is found right at the end of Nuʻuanu Valley, which is located on O'ahu. What makes this area even more special is that the Hawaii State Highway 61 runs right through the Nu'uanu Pali Tunnels that are found along the Cliffside. The area of Nuʻuanu is known not just for its natural beauty but also its early 20th century homes. The whole area is a combination of villas and mansions surrounded by the lush and natural terrain rainforest.
Typically in order to see a rainforest you will need to hike through it, which can be a bit too time consuming or strenuous for some visitors. Instead with this rainforest you can actually drive through it and still experience all there is to see and take in. Located a few minutes from downtown Honolulu you can just jump in the car and experience a rainforest environment within minutes. In the Nuʻuanu Valley there is almost 300 inches of rain each year, so don't be surprised if you experience a shower or two.
At certain points in the road you'll be traveling through jungle-like conditions, past enormous bamboo, liana vines, wild shell ginger, and the mighty Norfolk pines. One place not to be missed here is the Nuʻuanu Pali Lookout where you'll be able to take in beautiful sweeping vistas of the valley below, O'ahu's windward side, and the town. You’ll feel as though you’ve been transported to a whole other destination from where you began in the city of Honolulu.
This driving adventure can last as long as you want as you can stop along the way and capture some fabulous photographs.
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