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Nu'uanu Pali Lookout

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Address: Oahu, HI
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No

The Nuuanu Pali State Wayside is a lookout above the Pali Highway tunnels...

The Nuuanu Pali State Wayside is a lookout above the Pali Highway tunnels where you’re treated to a panoramic view of Oahu's Windward side with sweeping views of Kaneohe, Kaneohe Bay and Kailua. It’s also well known for strong tradewinds, forming a natural wind tunnel of sorts. It was here in 1795 that Kamehameha The Great conquered the island of Oahu in one of the bloodiest battles in Hawaiian history. Led by Kalanikupule, the defenders of Oahu were driven back up into the valley where they were trapped above the cliff. More than 400 of Kalanikupule's soldiers were driven off the edge of the cliff to their deaths 1,000 feet below.

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On a clear day we could see for miles!! Fantastic

What a great view from this lookout. We were on a round Oahu island bus trip and called in here. It was a clear, still day and the view was spectacular. There were chickens... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

What a great view from this lookout. We were on a round Oahu island bus trip and called in here. It was a clear, still day and the view was spectacular. There were chickens everywhere - as usual out of the cities in Hawaii. Well worth the drive.

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Brownsburg, Indiana
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our family drove up to the lookout to see the great view of Oahu. it was a short drive from Waikiki Beach, and it offered great views of the island. Beautiful!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a must see. It costs $3 to park but you can stay as long as you would like. One of the best views on Oahu!

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Plano, Texas
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is clearly one of the most panoramic views I have ever seen. It's like a beautiful artist's canvas except this is real and I couldn't get enough of it. In my opinion no camera can capture fully the beauty, the depth of the colors and the layers of different shades of the view from the lookout. I would put... More 

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Santa Clarita, California
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wheeee! As a child, I was told that I might see an upside-down waterfall here. I understand it can happen, but there would have to be just the right light rainshower up against the mountains for the wild winds to cause one. Haven't seen it yet and I'm 74! Nonetheless, the view is indescribably beautiful and the history is fascinating.... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was our first stop from Honolulu on our drive around the island and it delivered spectacular views at the elevation of 1168ft. $3 to park the car at the National Park is OK, as the views are terrific. If you are travelling on Pali Highway 61 you can't miss this stop.

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Phenix City, Alabama, USA
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Another one of those "must see" trips. The view was absolutely stunning. Wasn't too crowded. $3.00 parking fee, But, it is Hawaii and everything has a price. Feral chickens all over.

Thank Robert F
Tenafly, New Jersey
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I always stop here no matter haow many times I've been to Oahu.The history is fascinating but THE VIEW is the main attraction. Don't miss it. Often a local artisan is sitting at the start selling a local product. We bought beautiful photos. The wild chickens are roaming around too.

Thank IluvtheilikaiHawaii
Tampere, Finland
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Nu'uanu Pali Lookout by the Highway 61 offers spectacular views to the east coast of Oahu. Even if it was sunny in Honolulu it was quite cloudy and windy at the lookout.

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 22 March 2017

If you are near it go, otherwise skip it. there are more things to see and not worth going out of your way.

Thank Wendy F

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