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Nuuanu Pali Lookout

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Address: 21.370277,-157.796951, Oahu, HI
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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The Nuuanu Pali State Wayside is a lookout above the Pali Highway tunnels...

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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Beautiful view of Honolulu

It's only a short drive (approximately 30mins) from Waikiki to Nuuanu Pali Lookout and I'm captivated by the scenery when reaching the top,will definitely return whenever I visit... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Singapore, Singapore
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

It's only a short drive (approximately 30mins) from Waikiki to Nuuanu Pali Lookout and I'm captivated by the scenery when reaching the top,will definitely return whenever I visit Honolulu

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

hard to imagine a more panoramic vista. the mountains are just razor sharp peaks and they go right down to the ocean. the wind is quite incredible also, so watch your hat!

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Thank SoCalRoadMan
Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a nice stop if you are traveling between Honolulu and Kaneohe/Kailua or vice versa. There's clear directions off the highway that leads here. There is paid parking areas, however, you can park on the side of the road past the parking lot for free. The parking area is almost always full. The views of Kaneohe/Kailua are amazing. It's... More 

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Thank Stephanie907
Seattle
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you have access to a car, I would recommend this brief side trip off the main highway to get a good panorama of Honolulu.

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Thank TravelustSeattle
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's an awesome lookout to visit in oahu. We went there as part of circle island tour and the view was simply awesome. Do visit this place if you are visiting Oahu.

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National Capital Territory of Delhi, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great vantage point for lovely views of endless greenery with mountains in the background! Unique in the sense that you get a mountain view such as this amidst the great views of the ocean from various parts of Oahu!! Scene of one of the great battles of Hawaii from the past.....must-visit on a trip to Oahu....

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Oahu, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is worth the stop to take in the view. However the infrastructure is really old and beat up. Not very wheelchair accessible but could be with some new cement ramps to replace the old pothole riddled asphalt.

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Georgetown, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped for about 10 minutes to catch the view. It was very nice, but can be a haven for pick-pockets as most all tour buses visit this location.

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phatdaz
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My partner was living in HI at the time and suggest we visit the lookout. Best option was to drive so we rented a car and drove up there, and honestly, did not know what to expect. Got up there, and the view was just outstanding! could see everything from Waikiki to Diamond Head and also the Uni of Hawaii... More 

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Elk Grove, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This look out has amazing view. Didn't do much hiking here but my guess is a lot of people come here for the picturesque opportunity. It's a bit windy and can be chilly so bring a sweater or light jacket. The cost to this place is the parking which is nominal. It's near Kaneohe so is a good stop when... More 

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