For an experience that will give you goose bumps, take the Pali Highway to this spectacular lookout, one of the windiest ... More
Nuuanu Pali Lookout
For an experience that will give you goose bumps, take the Pali Highway to this spectacular lookout, one of the windiest spots on Oahu. Historians hotly debate the legend that says that in 1795, King Kamehameha I, the unifier of the Hawaiian Islands, forced thousands of his opponents to jump from the cliff to their deaths. From the lookout point high among the eerie spires of the Koolau Mountains, you can see a panoramic view of Windward Oahu.
This was a breathtaking place where you can see much of the windward side of Oahu. The lookout was built on what was once the old Pali Highway. You can hike down part of it if you go right after the scenic lookout. A must see!
Who is responsible for the totally classless move to begin charging $3 to park at the Pali Lookout? This is a disgrace and turns a historic and beautiful natural site into a cheap, classless, tourist trap.
The people responsible for this greedy, money grubbing decision should be fired!
not only is it beautiful.... but the low trail dose NOT end as said below cuz we went today! there is a road closed sign but you can walk past ti and see some more amazing view along with soem crazy plants, cool mini bridges and mini waterfalls it can get a bit dangerouse on the trail so make sure to bring goos shoes n go when its dry! we had to go at least 6 miles out before we needed to head back cuz we were losing daylight! i want to see were the trail ends! (goes from concreat to dirt n rocks its just really awesome to explore!
Its very windy and a bit chilly so bring a lite jacket if you get cold easily. The view is phenomenal of the windward side. Makes a nice, quick sightseeing stop. Best to go when theres no tour buses there or it gets really crowded! The Pali lookout is historical and haunted (so I heard on a ghost tour) Its a free stop so good for those on a budget!
The lookout point gives one a special view of the mountains and the ocean that is just indescribable. It is lush and exotic. One can gaze over miles of windward coastline.
The mountain range to the left looks as if it was carved by the fingers of God.
There is also a wonderful plaque describing the decisive battle of King Kamehameha I and his warriors at this lookout, thus conquering the islands. The plaque is accompanied by a beautful print of a painting depicting the famous scene of enemy warriors falling off the pali (cliff).
It is also very windy so be sure to bring a light jacket or sweater.
Most tour busses will make a stop at the Pali Lookout at some point of their tour, but I don't think it's worth going out of your way for.
Basically the Pali Lookout is a observation lookout that allows you to look down over Kaneohe and Kailua. It's worth seeing if you're on your way to or from the Windward side of the island, but it might not be worth making a dedicated trip to. Once you lookout over the railing, it takes a few minutes to soak in the view, but that's about all there is there. Don't bother walking down the trail to the end of the Old Pali Highway, the roadway just ends and you don't get any better view along the way.
I sometimes come up here when it's really hot out because the temperature is cooler. The lookout offers a spectacular view of the mountains closeby and off in the distance and you can see forever across the ocean!
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