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Nuuanu Pali Lookout

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Address: 21.370277,-157.796951, Oahu, HI
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No
Activities: Watching sunrise/sunset
Description: 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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I CAN SEE FOR MILES!

Unfortunately we went when it was a bit overcast. But the view was great. From this lookout we could see the beauty of Oahu. This is one point of interest that you don't want... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
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Jacksonville Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

Unfortunately we went when it was a bit overcast. But the view was great. From this lookout we could see the beauty of Oahu. This is one point of interest that you don't want to miss!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

I stopped here for a quick view of the eastern edge of Oahu. The view is fantastic, and the history of the ancient Hawaiian wars is also very interesting. I feel like I noticed when I was leaving that I was suppose to pay to park, but it would be hard to spend more than 20 minutes here unless you... More 

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Poquoson, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

This place had a beautiful view of the low lands. The green grass and the chickens made it fun to visit. I would suggest you get there early before all the tourist start to come. This is a beautiful place to see the sunrise or sunset.

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Bradford West Gwillimbury, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

The views here are beautiful. There are some plaques surrounding the viewing area which has some interesting history. There is metered parking.

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Poquoson, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

We were met by a family of chickens and rooters. They were very funny to watch. We walked over to the look out and seen beautiful skies for miles. This was a great place to visit.

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swansea
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

My husband and I went to the lookout point as part of a whole island day tour. The view was beautiful. There were lots of different animals around including chickens. We stayed for about half an hour which was plenty.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful, breathtaking view! Lots of hiking trails. A must see and do to experience while in Hawaii.

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British Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Our Hawaiian friends were showing us the sights around Honolulu and Pali Lookout was one of our many stops during the morning and afternoon. The lookout is easily accessible by the H1 highway and Route 61 (Pali Highway). From downtown Waikiki it is approximately 11 miles to the attraction. Our friends dropped us off at the parking lot while we... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

With the mountains, the sea in the distance and wild chicken around you, the view is breath taking. It is sunny, warm and nice breeze. The lookout is not busy and the drive is beautiful. Plants are so lush and green. No wonder they call it paradise.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

We heard that it's usually windy but it wasn't when we went so it was beautiful. a fantastic panoramic view of the area

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