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“You must see this view!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Nuuanu Pali Lookout

Nuuanu Pali Lookout
21.370277,-157.796951, Oahu, HI
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Small Group
$42*
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Natural Highlights of Oahu Small Group Adventure
Ranked #68 of 463 things to do in Oahu
Certificate of Excellence
Activities: Watching sunrise/sunset
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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 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.
Denver, Colorado
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“You must see this view!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

A trip to Oahu is not complete without a quick stop here to look out over the windward side of Oahu. It is just stunning. Even the drive up there is pretty. I know some people who skipped it because of parking but that's just silly - what's the hurry? You're on vacation. It is not a place people stay for a long time. Just wait, and a space will open up. We got a spot in maybe three minutes. It is so worth it because there is no view like it anywhere else.

Visited June 2014
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“Great Views!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

One of the few places on the island (other than Diamond Head) that we were able to get a bird's eye view of the coast and also great views of the mountain terrain. Very lush, windy and crowded. We were probably one of the few people who bothered to pay the $3.00 self-parking fee since it's the honor system. Although most come for the views, there is also historical connection to the location (Battle of Nuʻuanu)

Visited July 2014
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Dallas, Texas
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“Beautiful, Panoramic Views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This lookout has absolutely beautiful views of Kaneohe and Kailua. You won't spend too much time here, but it's worth the trip! Be aware it is very windy up there, so keep your camera strapped to your wrist.

Visited July 2014
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Walker, Louisiana
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“Great place to see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This was a stop on our tour and it was a place that looked out over miles of great views. The windiest place there is.

Visited December 2013
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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“Beautiful but parking was awful.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 via mobile

Beautiful drive and view. Parking is a joke and it is WINDY. But some of the best views we've found so far. Worth the trip.

Visited July 2014
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