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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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Oahu, HI
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Nice view from the look-out. Interesting story about the battle of Nu’uanu. This is a historical place. A tree with a pair of eyes! When were there, the wind was strong and chilly. Sorry no toilet here!

Thank Phils00n
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You can drive up very close to it and within few minutes walk have his lookout with an amazing view. It was warm but very windy in that area so possibly have a jacket with you. Parking for military is free, all others are like...More

Thank Nathalie N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a pull off from the Pali Highway from Honolulu to the "Windward" shore. There are parking meters but I couldn't get mine to respond and saw no indication that anyone else was worrying about it. We walked up to the lookout and enjoyed...More

Thank BoilerMakerBob
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place for a view of the east side of the island and to get some history of O'ahu and the importance of the Pali pass. If the weather is really socked in - there will be not much to see. Often it's raining in...More

Thank Lyle--Sportvictoria
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was at this Lookout as part of a tour during a recent visit to Oahu. I truly enjoyed the views looking in both directions. It was surely windy the day I was there, from one side you could see far down the valley and...More

Thank finesilver
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a must see for anyone visiting Oahu in Hawaii. The view is incredible and lots of great photo opportunities. It is about a 20 or 30 minute drive from Waikiki and easy to get to. You can access it from both directions of...More

Thank Robert D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was pretty windy the day we went, but the view was spectacular! It's just a short walk from the parking lot to the viewing area. Seeing this in person is way better than just seeing the photos.

1  Thank DKinTX
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The views are so beautiful. You can see the mountains, valley, and ocean in one, sweeping panoramic view, and some cool trees and chickens in the parking lot.

1  Thank Luvtravels33
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Drove up from Honolulu to take in the view from the lookout and was not disappointed. We spoke to other couples who picked the wrong time to go and missed out on the views due to the fog and clouds. Be aware that you are...More

1  Thank Trvlchic5
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here, it’s just $3.00 to park, which most people were ignoring. But the tickets are good for several hours, so we just passed ours along to another couple when we were leaving, we only spent about 30 minutes here. The panoramic views were...More

Thank MrsCain811
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18 January 2018|
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Response from Tony G | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can take Uber or Lyft up to the Pali Lookout. It would be rather expensive depending on where you are starting from. You would also probably have to pay the parking fee. Renting a car for a day would be easier and... More
4 November 2017|
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Response from KurtAndWendy | Reviewed this property |
I think it's just an "honor system" to pay if you decide to stop, park your car and walk up to the overlook. No charge for just driving through.
21 February 2016|
Response from HowardL82 | Reviewed this property |
Any car can get into the lookout parking lot.