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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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Oahu, HI
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Reviewed 2 days ago

An beautiful overlook if the weather cooperates. Our first time it didn't and saw a lot of clouds. Second time weather was on our side. On our visit it was extremely windy. If you didn't hang on to your hat your hat you will never...More

Thank Robert M
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very short stop with a great overlook of the eastern shore of Oahu. Takes at max 20-30 minutes to enjoy the view, and read the history of the location. We tried to stop here to watch the sunrise, but the rain covered...More

1  Thank Tony G
Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting stop for 20 minutes or so. Great views. Easy walking on level paved paths. VERY windy! No restrooms or food/drink available.

1  Thank bobe2
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have your cameras, videos when you approach this lookout. Amazing. I found myself just wanting to take pictures from every angle with such a breathtaking view.

2  Thank Amanda C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On your tour around beautiful Oahu, this is a must stop to soak up one of the best views on the island. Couple of bucks to park but worth the price of admission. There is a lot of ancient history associated with this spot so...More

1  Thank Lawrence O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Its very humid and windy here, but you have good views of the coastal valleys and outlying islands,.

1  Thank berock
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lots of Ohau history there. It was interesting that there was a battle on this mountain. The view is amazing, You can see Gilligans island from there. It was free just an small fee to park. Lots of places to hike.

1  Thank rlross
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The most stunning view of the windward side of the island. Learned the history of the place before visiting which brought the scene to life. We visited in the late afternoon when the crowds were light. There was no parking fee charged.

Thank Mike A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was an easy check mark off the big list of things to do while vacationing on Oahu. The drive there from Honolulu was short and breath taking! $3 to park wasn’t terrible and there were plenty of spots. Walking towards the lookout it became...More

Thank Holly W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

One of the must visit lookout spots. Was told this lookout spot oversee the entire field where a great battle took place that united all islands (forgive me if I'm wrong). During my visit it was extremely windy and I saw a person's hat flew...More

1  Thank makch85
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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.
20 February 2016|
Response from HowardL82 | Reviewed this property |
Any car can get into the lookout parking lot.
Molly K
15 January 2016|
Response from HowardL82 | Reviewed this property |
No admission charge, but they do charge for parking. Also do not leave your valuables in the car.