nuʻu (“height”) + anu (“cool”) = "chilly heights".
- A male given name, sometimes also given to women.
- A cliff, valley and stream in Honolulu.
- Mary Kawena Pukui - Samuel H. Elbert - Esther T. Mookini, Place Names of Hawaii, University of Hawaii Press 1974
- Hawaii State Archives: Marriage records Nuuanu (in the old orthography) occurs in 19th century marriage records as the only name (mononym) of 12 women and 25 men.