Nu’uanu Pali
Nu’uanu Pali
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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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Emma W
Auckland, New Zealand659 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
It is a beautiful lookout but it is also very windy, so you won't want to spend more than 5 to 10 minutes there.

You are supposed to pay $7 for parking but the machine wasn't working when we were there. I can understand paying for parking if you are hiking for the day but I think they should have some parks that are free for 15 minutes and separate paid parks, for those who need to park longer.

Even if you pay for parking the facilities are not good, just a couple of portaloos in the carpark.
Written 2 February 2024
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN3,429 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Site of historical significance where the Battle of Nu'uanu was fought during which hundreds of warriors fell to their deaths off the cliffs and where King Kamehameha was able to unite the island of Oahu under his rule. There is a panoramic observation point here with scenic views of the windward coast of the island. However, the views would be more spectacular if not for all the development along this coast including the towns of Kaneohe and Kailua right below. There is also a $7 fee to park for non-locals. This is said to be a place known for car break-ins but there was a security officer present keeping an eye on the scene.
Written 14 January 2024
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advcards
Reno, NV3,584 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Worth the drive up have some spectacular views to one side of the island all you just pay for parking seven dollars unless your local probably 15 to 30 minutes is all you need
Written 11 January 2024
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Dreamer23449028264
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This lookout is a must do if you’re driving along the highway, heading to the north shore, or to Byodo-in Temple. The view is spectacular and it’s one of the best places to get close to the mountains without having to hike a long or challenging trail.

This is a very specism historical site and there are several other unique elements at this location including a sacred site and traces of the old road.

We visited twice and each time the weather was different. The first time was close to evening and it was a bit windy and cloudy. The second time was super sunny but the rain and clouds came in while we were there. If you go, understand that conditions can change quickly and vary greatly. It’s a good idea to hold on to your hats and anything that might fly away.

There is a parking fee of $7 (Sept 2023) but it was well worth it. Yes on the mainland states there aren’t very many places where you have to pay to see a lookout but as this site is so special and has a several other elements too we didn’t mind paying to help with the upkeep of the site.
Written 11 September 2023
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Merpeople
Randolph, MA93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
Imagine the epic battle fought here by Kamehameha in his quest to unite the islands under his rule! It's a gorgeous drive up the mountain to the overlook and then breathtaking views! So glad we went.
Written 16 August 2023
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Ajay H
New York City, NY9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Nu’uanu Pali lookout has sim absolutely stunning 180 degree views. It looks over the city and mountains. The Lookout was also not at all crowded when we went. The winds were insane as well. highly recommend it!
Written 19 July 2023
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Journey61017490913
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
This is a great sightseeing trip with a great panoramic view. It is worth the trip to drive there and take in the other views on the way there.
Written 27 June 2023
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Sarah B
Boston, MA152 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Even just driving to the lookout was worth it. Only drawback here is that you have to pay to park- really uncommon for a lookout and felt really unnecessary. There’s even a guard to enforce it. The view is amazing though!
Written 12 June 2023
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LisaMNUSA
Saint Paul, MN990 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
After paid $7 for the parking, we walked to the lookout. It was very windy, I felt I was being blowed away by the wind. We managed to take a couple of the pictures and left.
Written 20 May 2023
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Victor B
Tucson, AZ1,115 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
It’s a amazing lookout. That said, it’s just a lookout with nothing to “do”, or buy. Someone said you have to pay for parking which is weird since you are only going to be there for 10-15 minutes. There a few informational “placards” to read with interesting info on Hawaiian history.
VictorB
Written 30 April 2023
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