Nuuanu may personify Old-Hawaii elegance more than any other neighborhood in the Islands. Vintage bungalows and stately mansions nestle along leafy streets that wind above downtown Honolulu into the lush, waterfall-streaked Nuuanu Valley, traced with historic sites, exclusive enclaves and ancient remnants of taro farming. Settled, peaceful and graceful, Nuuanu is often a top-of-the-list request for Oahu homebuyers.
Literally meaning “cool height” in Hawaiian, Nuuanu has long been treasured for its refreshing climate as well its as easy proximity to the city’s most prominent business and government districts. The neighborhood begins along Foster Garden, founded in 1853, and spreads upland past landmarks such as King Kamehameha III’s 19th-century summer home and the streamfront Sanju Pagoda to rows of grand consulates and the elite Oahu Country Club. The valley ends at the sculpted peaks of famed Nuuanu Pali Lookout.
Lower Nuuanu is in particularly high demand. The area offers a charming mix of gracious historic properties, petite cottages and upscale high-rises with spectacular views, plus a fully equipped YMCA and a smattering of shops, services and cafés. Downtown, Chinatown, the harborfront and neighborhood schools are all within easy walking distance, making Lower Nuuanu especially popular with Honolulu professionals.
Key attractions in and around Lower Nuuanu include:
+ Downtown Honolulu, Chinatown and the waterfront, all within walking distance
+ Historic botanical gardens, including Foster Garden and Liliuokalani Garden
+ Several full-service hospitals and neighborhood-style shopping and dining nooks
+ Upper Nuuanu’s members-only Oahu Country Club, with an 18-hole golf course
+ Two “Blue Ribbon” schools: Royal Elementary School and Nuuanu Elementary School