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Nuuanu Pali Lookout

Oahu, HI
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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 1 week ago via mobile

We were on our way back to our resort and saw the sign for the look out. The view is amazing and some interesting history to read about. We were all glad we stopped. It was extremely windy when we visited, but still great to...More

Thank msp526
Reviewed 1 week ago

You must go here if you're in Honolulu. The view is just indescribable. But keep in mind: very windy and around 10 degrees lower than the Waikiki area. So hang on to your hat and skirts if you're wearing one.

Thank JungMin K
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely stunning view. Absolutely worth the visit! Amazing and breathtaking view. I recommend using Panoramic option on your phone to take a picture. I couldn’t upload it here but it turned out pretty good.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful scenic lookout situated above the Pali on the Koolau mountains. The prevailing tradewinds gain momentum coming up the shear cliff faces making for a fun overlook. Especially when surface winds are already 15 plus mph. Take the time to read the plaques as there...More

Thank tommytsurfs
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An beautiful overlook if the weather cooperates. Our first time it didn't and saw a lot of clouds. Second time weather was on our side. On our visit it was extremely windy. If you didn't hang on to your hat your hat you will never...More

Thank Robert M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a very short stop with a great overlook of the eastern shore of Oahu. Takes at max 20-30 minutes to enjoy the view, and read the history of the location. We tried to stop here to watch the sunrise, but the rain covered...More

1  Thank Tony G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting stop for 20 minutes or so. Great views. Easy walking on level paved paths. VERY windy! No restrooms or food/drink available.

1  Thank bobe2
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Have your cameras, videos when you approach this lookout. Amazing. I found myself just wanting to take pictures from every angle with such a breathtaking view.

2  Thank Amanda C
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

On your tour around beautiful Oahu, this is a must stop to soak up one of the best views on the island. Couple of bucks to park but worth the price of admission. There is a lot of ancient history associated with this spot so...More

1  Thank Lawrence O
Reviewed 10 November 2017

Its very humid and windy here, but you have good views of the coastal valleys and outlying islands,.

1  Thank berock
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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.
Molly K
16 January 2016|
Response from HowardL82 | Reviewed this property |
No admission charge, but they do charge for parking. Also do not leave your valuables in the car.