Nu’uanu Pali
Nu’uanu Pali
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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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Pandy D
Sydney, Australia886 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Nu‘uanu Pali Lookout, Kaneohe, Oahu
About a 20min drive from Waikiki, gives you a panoramic view from the lookout toward the Windward coast of Oahu, as well as the cliffs of the Ko’olau Range. This is a historic sight with breathtaking views. It was very windy the day we went and cooler than the coast, probably due to the elevation. Parking is $7 per day, and the lookout is open 6am - 6pm. Then you can drive to Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden, and then Manoa Falls on the way back to Waikiki.
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Written July 8, 2022
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Sightseer779040
218 contributions
Oct 2022
We found this during my research on places to stop on a drive around the island. The parking lot is decently sized so there was plenty of parking. There is a cost to parking ($7) at an automated kiosk. But the kiosk also said it was free to park for military, and it was based on license plate numbers, so I am not sure how that works. We saw some feral cats roaming around the parking lot. From the parking lot it is a quick walk over to the lookout. It is very scenic with rainforest and mountain views around. There are also some informative signs about the battle that took place at the lookout. Overall we took some pictures and it was cool to see, so we spent about 5 minutes here, as it was also quite windy and drizzly since it was higher up.
Written November 12, 2022
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Virginia38,444 contributions
Mar 2022
Are you looking for a undeniably great view of the Ko’olau Mountain Range and Oahu’s windward side at an elevation of 1200 feet? Yes, most definitely head to the Nu’uanu Pal Lookout just a short drive from Honolulu. Besides the view of the mountains and the Pali Notches,, you are treated to a panoramic view including the two of Kailua, Kaneohe Bay, the Diamond Head, Waikiki, Honolulu and Mokoli’i Island. Hold on to your hat and young children as the winds are strong and you can hear it howling through the mountains. This site is where King Kamehameha I in 1795 conquered Oahu and united the islands and Hawaiian people. Parking is free for residents and is $7.00 per vehicle for non-residents.

Although approximately less than a mile long, the Pali Notches Hike is known as the most perilous and risky hikes in Hawaii. Yet, adventure seekers put aside their trepidations and embark on its steep incline and cliffs. From what I have read, the first part of the trail is muddy, and covered in roots and branches. To get to the notches, you will deal with vertical drop-offs, loose rocks, strong winds, and crevices. As you continue upward, your rock-climbing skills will be tested. The notches were carved for canons to defend Oahu during the battle of Nu’uanu. When we visited, we saw a hiker almost to the top of the trail. I understand those who are successful to reach the top are afforded an incomparable panoramic view of the windward side of Oahu.
Written March 21, 2022
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Creeping_Death_LA
Los Angeles, CA4,219 contributions
Mar 2021
My adventure started on the public bus when I was dropped off at Castle Junction, there's no bus stop at the very popular tourist lookout. Rental cars were over $250 a day to rent and Uber was non existent in this area. I walked up along the highway to another smaller lookout that does not appear on google maps and found a trail that connected with the old Pali road. I was the only hiker along this muddy trail and found the old abandoned Pali road which was an awesome experience to hike. Once at the top lookout where most of the tourist go I found out this section to enter old Pali road is closed to everyone but it's not closed off from the route I took up to the top.
Written April 5, 2021
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Melanie T
New York City, NY4,460 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
I've been here once 11 years ago so on this trip to O'ahu, I decided to take my husband since he had never been before. It's a nice lookout but parking will set you back $7 if you are not kama'aina (local). Kind of wish I had taken my sister's (the local) driver's license just so we could have parked for free! It's not that much in the grand scheme of things but you're really only up there for 15 to 20 minutes max to snap a few pictures. It's not somewhere you'd go hang out, especially since it's so windy up there.

Also, don't worry if the lot is full when you arrive. Like I said, people don't spend a lot of time up here, so somebody is always leaving. There’s also only one meter so if you get there at the wrong time, you could end up waiting quite a bit to pay. I also entered the wrong license plate number but luckily, the parking attendant said it was fine. I would have been annoyed if I had to pay again and end up paying $14 for this.

Bottom line - nice view but nothing jaw-dropping or spectacular. I mean you're in Hawaii - there are plenty of other/better views.
Written July 20, 2021
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P B
Sherwood Park, Canada81 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
It is definitely a beautiful view but to pay almost $8 to park for a few minutes is absurd. There were two officers just sitting in a truck waiting for someone to ship payment. We found beautiful views at the nearby botanical gardens and the whole park was free.
Written March 12, 2022
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al22tecc
Philippines7,606 contributions
Dec 2019
The view is different from other lookout points. For this one, we can see a long highway, and the clubhouse of a golf course with the clubhouse's roof all covered with solar panels.

There are signs that help explain what happened at this area which adds to the aura, in effect making it more than just a mere viewing deck.

We went up one side of the road, and after spending time at this lookout point, we continued and exited at the other side of the road which goes out into the highway.
Written February 5, 2020
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njoireading247
Johns Creek, GA275 contributions
Dec 2021
This was an unexpected stop but we are so glad we found it. You will need to pay for parking and it is extremely windy. The lookout is high about the valley but you can use the signs to determine what everything is. Stop here before continuing elsewhere so that you know about the other areas when driving through.
Written December 23, 2021
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Dool15
Tennessee107 contributions
Mar 2020 • Friends
Nu’uanu Pali should be a stop on any Oahu itinerary. Not only is it a historic site, but the experience is truly like none other. The view is phenomenal, and the wind is no joke. I was expecting windy, but was not prepared for WINDY. I was on a personal tour who made this one of our stops on a tour of Oahu!
Written February 25, 2021
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Sein
167 contributions
Aug 2021 • Solo
This place has a nice view of the island. When I went to the parking space was limited and the weather was super windy but if you were still amazing. A short drive from both Honolulu and Kailua side. It is very easy to find.
Written August 26, 2021
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