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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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Reviewed 2 days ago

pali lookout even more stunning and beautiful views, such a great place to stop and wonder. I just loved seeing the chooks running everywhere.

Thank woebetide
Reviewed 6 days ago

Take the old Pali road, spectacular drive on a rainforest road! and soon you’ll be at the historic outlook where history of Hawaii was written! Besides that, of course a wonderful view to the windward side of the island!

Thank HelmutMatthias
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You can either drive or walk up there. We chose the easy way. This is our must go location. The view is so gorgeous, rain or shine.

Thank Hirashiki
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is just a lookout. Swing by on your way somewhere nearby and get a quick pic. Must pay for parking though you'll only be here about 15-20 mins. Not sure I would deliberately drive here only.

1  Thank Stephanie C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Parking here is terrible! I ended up running up to take a few pictures and getting back to the car before it had even gotten to turn into the parking lot. The views are amazing, though.

Thank aumphress14
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This lookout is absolutely breathtaking, i stumbled upon it online and decided to go, I am so glad i did!!!! The views are amazing, it is very windy but beautiful!

Thank OsorioTravels
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A Great place for awesome views. Free parking and access. There are some trails that go off on to some other great views as well.

1  Thank SFRangerAV8R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Even in the rain this viewpoint is beautiful. The clouds move quickly on the windward side of the island this continually changing what we could see.

Thank Patron17
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Pali lookout is driving distance from the Waikiki Beach area, so Uber (unless you have a car) is the best option. We've heard about the strong wind (trade wind?) but the ferocity was experienced when we're at the top of the lookout! OMG! Almost...More

Thank sanbhu
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Drive the Pali highway when you head to the north shore and you will want to stop at the lookout with the most beautiful views of Honolulu. Keep a watch for the turn-off because it is easy to miss. It is usually very windy, so...More

Thank Tennessee50plus
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18 January 2018|
Response from KurtAndWendy | Reviewed this property |
We have never used Uber, but the Lookout is just a short drive from Honolulu, up the Pali Highway. Even if you rent a car for just one day, it's worth it to drive from Honolulu to Kailua (great state beach park there) via... More
4 November 2017|
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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.
21 February 2016|
Response from HowardL82 | Reviewed this property |
Any car can get into the lookout parking lot.