Nuuanu Pali Lookout, Honolulu
The Nuuanu Pali Lookoutin Kaneohe is a perennial favorite stop among visitors to Oahu. The panoramic views of the Windward side of the island from this expansive cliff will blow you away. Nuʻuanu Pali is a section of the windward cliff (pali in Hawaiian) of the Koʻolau mountain located at the head of Nuʻuanu Valley on the island of Oʻahu. Today, it offers one of the best panoramic views of the windward (northeast) coast of Oʻahu. A main highway (Hawaii State Highway 61) connecting Kailua/Kâneʻohe with downtown Honolulu runs through tunnels bored into the cliffsides.
The Nuʻuanu Pali State Wayside is a lookout above the tunnels where visitors are treated to a panoramic view of the Oʻahu's windward side with sweeping views of Kâneʻohe, Kâneʻohe Bay, and Kailua. It is also well-known for strong Trade winds that blow through the pass, forming a sort of natural wind tunnel. It was here in 1795 that King Kamehameha and his warriors defeated the O'ahu armies by sending them over these steep, forested cliffs and claiming his victory and uniting the Hawaiian Islands. The breathtaking sight and the gruesome history of the battle fought here is enough to cause a chill to run up your spine.
From this vantage point you can see Kaneohe Bay, Chinaman's Hat, and Hawaii Pacific's Windward Campus.
* Open 9am-4pm daily, weather permitting
* Admission is Free
* Ample, free parking
* Remove hats and headgear due to gusty winds
* Hold children's hands due to gusty winds
Located in Nuuanu Pali State Park on a 985 ft cliff in the Koolau Mountains, it offers a breathtaking view of Oahu. It was here in 1795 where Kamehameha I's warriors defeated Kalanikupule of Oahu's warriors and united the Hawaiian Islands under his rule. Kamehameha's warriors pursued Kalanikupule's warriors to these cliffs and fought a fierce final battle driving over 800 rival warriors over the cliffs to their demise. This is a very windy location, so be sure to pack a light jacket and hold on to your hats. It is opened 9 am to 4 pm, weather permitting. Admission is free.
The drive up to Nuuanu Pali Lookout is nothing short of spectacular and one thing is for sure on the Island of Oahu, nowhere is very far to drive!
Atop Nuuanu Pali, periodic wind gusts can make it difficult for visitors to walk to the lookout point. Perched 3,000 feet above Oahu, Nuuanu Pali is the site of a famous Battle of Nuuanu led by Kamehameha I in 1795 when he drove hundreds of warriors over the cliff.
This is an interesting place to go. The drive to the Pali is a beautiful, short drive. One can see an vast view of the windward coast from here.
The wind can be quite fierce here, allowing one to stand at a 45 degree angle without falling over.
Legend has it that Kamehameha I, in his effort to control Oahu, drove the locals up the valley to the cliffs where they either were killed or driven over the cliffs.