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Nuuanu Pali Lookout

21.370277,-157.796951, Oahu, HI
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Ranked #61 of 319 Attractions in Oahu
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Valleys
Activities: Watching sunrise/sunset
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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San Diego, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Seriously! They're everywhere on Oahu. This is a quick 15 minute stop with exits on both sides of the through way (so if your stupid Apple maps tell you to make a u-turn, ignore it and watch on the right for an exit instead. Honor system parking fee of $3 when you arrive. More fantastic wind and an awesome view... More

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Highly recommend this lookout! Easy to get to from Waikiki and sooooo worth it. No climbing, just take your camera. Oh, and VERY WINDY!

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Incredible views from up here. And lots of wind. Do not wear a skirt here! If you do, you will be holding it down. Lots of free chickens and feral cats. This place has an interesting history. Read the signs.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We were dodging bees being blown by at warp speed by every strong gust of wind. Views are unparalleled by any on the Island, however. Would rate 5 stars on the views alone.

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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Went to Pali lookout and wow was the view worth it. There was not much wind and I had an 8 month old child with me, it drizzled a bit but not much. There was also walking trails for those brave enough to climb higher, parking is $3 if your not local, locals can park for free. This attraction is... More

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Israel, Jerusalem
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213 attraction reviews
192 helpful votes 192 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

You can see all over the east coast of the island for far far away. It's so green and luscious around with the mountains coming down to meet in the valley beneath you. Just amazing. The wind, as everyone have said before, is strong and you for sure need to hold your hat, but it's nothing you can't deal with... More

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Grovetown
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Hold on to your hats! This is a wonderful piece of Hawaiian history and offers one of the best views on the island. It gets incredibly windy up there at times though so be sure to hold on to your valuables.

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toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Great stop if it is on your way . Lookout is only 2minutes from parking lot. Don't leave any belongings in your car, I was warned by local that there are two men watching me, or rather my car while I was putting my camera bags inside.

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Elkhart, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

I have been to Oahu a number of times, and I make a stop here each time. I love the views! If you are planning on visiting the windward side of the island, it really is right on your way if you just take the Pali highway. Even if you just drive up from your hotel in Waikiki/Honolulu, it's not... More

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Shreveport, Louisiana
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Hang onto your hat!! And wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from wind and debris! After passing by countless times, we finally stopped. What a thrill! And what a view!! Do not miss this. Plus, it will cost you nothing!!

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