Pali Lookout

The Nuuanu Pali Lookout overlooking the 985 foot cliffs of the Koolau Mountain Range, is one of the best views on O'ahu.

It was here in 1795 that King Kamehameha I and his warriors defeated the Oahu armies by driving them up the Nuuanu Valley and sending them over these steep, forested cliffs. This battle sealed his victory and united the Hawaiian Islands under one king for the first time in Hawaiian history.

A great way to see the cliffs is to let our expert local guides take you there. We recommend the Ultimate Circle Island Eco-Adventure

The breathtaking sight and the gruesome history of the battle fought here is enough to cause a chill to run up your spine. Add to that the incredible winds that often pass through the Pali and you may be swept off your feet! From this vantage point, you can see Kaneohe Bay, Chinaman's Hat, and Hawaii Pacific's Windward Campus.

Admission is free, but there is a $3.00 parking fee. It's also a pretty good idea to remove your hat and hold on to the hands of any small children as winds can be gusty and very strong at times.


Take H1 east bound from Waikiki. Then take the Pali Highway, Route 61, via Nu'uanu Pali Drive. Follow the signs to the Lookout.

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Open 9am-4pm daily, weather permitting

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