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Nuuanu Pali Lookout
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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.
los angeles
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“amazing views”
Reviewed March 2, 2011

Too bad one of the reviewers saw the views from the Nuuanu Pali lookout on a gloomy day. On the day of our drive, it was clear and sunny with blue skies all around. One could see all the way to the blue ocean on the northeastern side of Oahu. The surrounding mountains were jagged and interesting. Definitely worth stopping for a look. Probably not more than 15 minute stop.

Visited February 2011
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Eagleville, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Windy lookout, not sure it's worth the trip”
Reviewed December 6, 2010

Personally, I thought this lookout was overrated and the views weren't that impressive, but it could be that it was a little gloomy on the day we visited it. It is extremely windy which was a little scary. I read that you needed to pay for parking, but our bus driver kept the engine running and waited for us, so if she even paid for parking at all, it wasn't an issue for us.

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Wausau, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Make a stop here!”
Reviewed August 12, 2010

Beautiful view - very windy and can get chilly. Definitely worth the trip. It's only about 20 minutes from Waikiki. We continued on to Kailua for lunch and beach time.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Breathtaking view and amazing history”
Reviewed March 19, 2010

I've driven over Pali so many times but finally stopped for a while to check out the look out. Well worth the time. Amazing. I've taken many visiting friends up there as well and you really can't beat the view.

One change for you all. There is now a fee for visitors to park at the lookout. $3.00


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Detroit, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed August 22, 2009

We rented a car and drove around the island. This was one of our favorite stops. The views are absolutely breathtaking, and it is a completely different side of Oahu from the coast and beaches. We were very glad we stopped here.

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