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Nu'uanu Pali Lookout, Oahu

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Nu'uanu Pali Lookout 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. Using our international travel planner, Kaneohe attractions like Nu'uanu Pali Lookout can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • If you are after a place to drive, with an hour or two to spare, you can experience one of Oahu’s best lookouts, make your way up the Pali Hwy to the Nu'uanu Pali Lookout, you will soon out find why t...  more »
  • The vistas and views from this lookout are breathtaking. Be prepared to be blown away literally though. The winds are high and strong.  more »
  • Our friends took us up to Pali Lookout. BEAUTIFUL!!! Definitely worth the time. You can see forever and the view is spectacular.  more »
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  • Awesome hike, not the best for beginners but its not difficult. It starts off pretty muddy so make sure you bring shoes you wont mind getting dirty. The look out is about 40-50 minutes depending on how fast you go, its right under a part you can walk over so be careful not to miss it!
  • The views r amazing. Ample parking space for cars and commercial vehicles. Car parking is $3 all day. It does get windy here, kids love it.
  • Great view. Cool wind will almost blow you off your feet. Cool enough for a jacket for some even on hot days.
  • Breathtaking! You must come here because the driving through the green tunnel of foliage that is the Pali Highway alone makes the trip worth it. There's a visual marker showing where 400 warriors were driven off the Pali Cliffs to meet a bloody death on the rocks below during the final battle to unite the Hawaiian Islands. You have to have a car to get here unless you hike up the Old Pali Road which will weave you under the highways.
  • Great spot to go. We went on our last day on the way to the airport. Great place to get some good views.

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