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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 3 days ago

We visited as part of an island tour so only spent around 20 minutes here which, to be fair, was enough to get photos. As most other reviews have said you'll be "blown away" by the spectacular views though hang on to your hat, child,...More

Thank newspapertaxi
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

If you take the time to read up on the history behind Pali look out it truly is extraordinary. I would not take any of these very expensive tours. Just Rent-A-Car it's about a 20 to 30 minute drive from Waikiki it's three dollars to...More

Thank Terra P
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are after a place to drive, with an hour or two to spare, you can experience one of Oahu’s best lookouts, make your way up the Pali Hwy to the Nu'uanu Pali Lookout, you will soon out find why this section of the...More

Thank Robert W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The vistas and views from this lookout are breathtaking. Be prepared to be blown away literally though. The winds are high and strong.

Thank Shelly S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our friends took us up to Pali Lookout. BEAUTIFUL!!! Definitely worth the time. You can see forever and the view is spectacular.

Thank KCSunshine789
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We rented a car to tour Oahu and Nu'uanu Pali Lookout is easy to find off H1. You park the car and there is parking meters for 3 dollars. You walk from parking lot which is full of free roaming chickens and roosters and then...More

Thank baghdadlian
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's right off the H1. If it's rainy though like on the day we went just a few weeks ago it is foggy once rain clears and kind of ruins the photos and view a bit but still nice. Just 3 bucks to park, not...More

Thank Pris9898
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Absolutely amazing views! The drive to Nu'uanu Pail Lookout is beautiful. One of the most beautiful parts of Honolulu. Well worth the drive.

Thank garda19
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A very panoramic view at an historical sight. Does get very windy at times but some excellent photos can be taken. Make sure you pay for parking (it is only $3) as they do patrol,

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Check the weather before going. The views are spectacular on a clear day, but the wind can be very strong and make viewing difficult.

Thank Cruise281
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Is any car suitable to get to these locations or is 4WD needed?
21 February 2016|
Response from HowardL82 | Reviewed this property |
Any car can get into the lookout parking lot.
Molly K
Admission charge
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.