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Nu’uanu Pali, Kaneohe

#5 of 40 in Nature in Oahu
Valley · Hidden Gem · Lookout
Nu’uanu Pali melds scenic vistas with a site of deep historical and cultural significance. The point, sitting over 305 m (1,000 ft) above Oahu's coastline, provides panoramic views of the Koolau cliffs and Windward Coast. Bring your camera along to capture images of Kāne'ohe, Kāne'ohe Bay, and Kailua. The tranquility and beauty of this spot seems at odds with its dark history. It was the site of one of the bloodiest battles in Hawaiian history, the Battle of Nu'uanu in 1795, in which King Kamehameha I conquered Oahu. Nu'uanu Pali is also known for its incredibly strong winds. Avoid wearing skirts, dresses, or hats, or be prepared to hold on tight to them. Take the guesswork out of planning a Kaneohe vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.
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  • Beautiful look out but now they added pay machines and cop to make sure you pay them. It’s sad that many of the attractions are being made just for profit.  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • The views from this spot should not be missed! Every time we visit Oahu we make sure to visit the Nu'uanu Pali Wayside. It has really lovely views/vistas. A few things to know...There is a small "use fee" for parking in their lot, and this is really the only way to visit. But I never mind paying fees like this if it means I'm supporting beautiful locations like this.
  • Cliff and outlook area on O’ahu. It was quite cloudy when we were here but definitely worth the drive. Wild chickens are also rummaging through this area. Posters with explanation about flora and fauna and the area are also available.
  • Always a nice place to setup when you're on the Pali. Came here on my birthday and it was pretty spooky so early in the morning... Usually you're greeted with an immediate buffer of intense wind rush at you that you feel you could be blown away... That morning it was as still as death, and looming in the air were thick, cold tufts of mist hanging in the air. It was so surreal! I came here just a couple weeks earlier than that and it was pouring like mad. You couldn't see around you because of all the rain. Both times, this place was so empty. Nobody there. So, so, so weird and creepy, but it was worth the visit.
  • I would definitely recommend the waterfall hikes if you can make it or at the very least check out the turnoffs on the H1/H2. Very windy however, so watch you hat.
  • Very neat experience to travel up the mountain and experience the beautiful terrain, tunnels and twist and curves to the summit. It's a little tricky and mysterious getting to it and you can easily miss it. Be wary of fast moving local traffic as you navigate the journey and be ready to make a quick exit at the top. The wind that funnels up the valley normally blows extremely hard and you will find yourself leaning into the wind as you make your way to the lookout. The stunning view makes it all worthwhile and it should be on your to do list if you really want to see the gorgeous valley overlooking the city the miles of beach and a wonderful view of the pacific. There is a small parking fee of around 3 bucks, and well worth it. We had to make a second trip to the lookout before we left the island and it was just as enjoyable the second time. Gorgeous!

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