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Honolulu and Oahu Sights

Nuuanu Pali Lookout

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

Updated 01/13/2014

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This panoramic perch looks out to expansive views of Windward Oahu. It was in this region that King Kamehameha I drove defending forces over the edges of the 1,000-foot-high cliffs, thus winning the decisive battle for control of Oahu. From here you can see views that stretch from Kaneohe Bay to Mokolii (little lizard), a small island off the coast, and beyond. Temperatures at the summit are several degrees cooler than in warm Waikiki, so bring a jacket along. Hang on

tight to any loose possessions and consider wearing pants; it gets extremely windy at the lookout, which is part of the fun. Lock your car in the pay-to-park lot; break-ins have occurred here (this wayside is in the most trafficked state park in Hawaii).

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Top of Pali Hwy., Kaneohe, Hawaii, 96844, United States

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Updated 01/13/2014


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Dec 14, 2005


From the moment you turn your car into this landmark, you realize that you are in special place. The lookout is gorgeous and very photogenic. We came here after visiting Kailua Beach, which was THE HIGHLIGHT of our Oahu sojourn. History buffs like this place. The warriors of Oahu threw themselves off of these cliffs after losing the war with Kamehameha the Great.

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