We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book In Advance
All photos (906)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent55%
  • Very good34%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“windward side”(59 reviews)
“wild chickens”(24 reviews)
“strong winds”(15 reviews)
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...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
As featured in 3 Days in Oahu
Oahu, HI
+1 859-327-2317
Improve This Listing
Ways to Experience Nu’uanu Pali
from $50.50
More Info
from $136.00
More Info
from $98.00
More Info
from $139.00
More Info
Reviews (854)
Filter reviews
713 results
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews windward side wild chickens strong winds super windy minute stop king kamehameha historical significance kaneohe bay worth a stop chinaman's hat bring your camera views are amazing hawaiian islands take pictures north shore battle honolulu
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 713 reviews
Reviewed yesterday

Multiple landslides have closed the road to the Pali Lookout. The state estimates it will take several months to re-open all lanes of traffic. As of Feb. 21, they are counter flowing traffic. So from 5-9 a.m. only traffic to Honolulu will be allowed and...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank E6862FDlouise
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

So glad we made this stop. It was such a shock in change of temperature and wind that it gave us the giggles. Great outing.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 733claudettes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Tough to come up here and make a valid recommendation since I went when the weather wasn't great. Even so, it was stunningly beautiful so I can only imagine it on a clear sunny day. It's a must see!

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank beachlvr22
Reviewed 1 week ago

Tourists are surprised by the amount of wind and rain when they get to the look out. It is a beautiful view of the "aina" (island) but it is very windy and children under 3 should be watched carefully....they are just too light...yep it's that...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank D K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Easy drive from Waikiki, on nice highway. Then easy walk from the ( paid) car park. Gorgeous views, a bit windy on the day we went.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank esptm
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nu’uanu Pali Lookout is a historical landmark and scenic spot with panoramic view of Oahu. There is no entry fee, $3 for cars. Upon arriving there was a visitor being air lifted by a rescue unit due to falling down a cliff. I can not...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Keyanna I
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful views with history. Our "Tours by Locals" guide told us the wind can be pretty strong at the top. And it was!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank DONJ67
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Pali Lookout is one of the better reasons to take the Pali Highway to Kailua. Cost a few $ to park but we’ll worth it.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Banffbuck
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Took this way back just for a stop here. A lot of people only visit the beaches. We wanted to see more and we certainly did. No wind up here today as so many said in their reviews. Not crowed either. Just so you know,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Chris B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Besides having gorgeous views of Oahu, this site is also historically linked to the Battle of Nuuanu between Kalanikupule and Kamehameha over control of the island. Kalanikupule was overwhelmed by cannon power and legend has it that 400 of his soldiers went over the cliff.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 949sharonl
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 99 nearby hotels
Pagoda Hotel
553 reviews
5.81 miles away
Aston at the Executive Centre Hotel
304 reviews
5.90 miles away
Hawaiian Monarch Hotel
456 reviews
6.09 miles away
Ala Moana Hotel
4,362 reviews
6.10 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 4,048 nearby restaurants
Kin Wah Chop Suey
83 reviews
2.34 miles away
Chao Phya Thai Restaurant
73 reviews
2.42 miles away
Zia's Caffe Hawaii
95 reviews
2.46 miles away
Honey’s Restaurant
22 reviews
1.13 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 1,878 nearby attractions
Hoomaluhia Botanical Gardens
289 reviews
2.23 miles away
Olomana Three Peaks Trail
128 reviews
2.04 miles away
Friendship Garden
17 reviews
2.87 miles away
Maunawili Falls
206 reviews
1.85 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
May 4, 2018|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from courtneyl281 | Reviewed this property |
Maybe 15mins max.
January 17, 2018|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from Tony G | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can take Uber or Lyft up to the Pali Lookout. It would be rather expensive depending on where you are starting from. You would also probably have to pay the parking fee. Renting a car for a day would be easier and... More
November 3, 2017|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from KurtAndWendy | Reviewed this property |
I think it's just an "honor system" to pay if you decide to stop, park your car and walk up to the overlook. No charge for just driving through.