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Nu’uanu Pali, Oahu

4.5
#5 of 38 in Nature in Oahu
Nu’uanu Pali melds scenic vistas with a site of deep historical and cultural significance. The point, sitting over 305 m (1,000 ft) above Oahu's coastline, provides panoramic views of the Koolau cliffs and Windward Coast. Bring your camera along to capture images of Kāne'ohe, Kāne'ohe Bay, and Kailua. The tranquility and beauty of this spot seems at odds with its dark history. It was the site of one of the bloodiest battles in Hawaiian history, the Battle of Nu'uanu in 1795, in which King Kamehameha I conquered Oahu. Nu'uanu Pali is also known for its incredibly strong winds. Avoid wearing skirts, dresses, or hats, or be prepared to hold on tight to them. To plan Oahu vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.
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  • unfortunately the road was close so we could only have a glimpse of this overlook when driving by the area. i can only imagine if the road is not closed how much more the scenic the view would be  more »
  • This place gives you a partial view of the island. It has its place in the history books of Hawaii. It's always windy here, so bring a coat or a sweater. It's also an excellent place for mountain clim...  more »
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  • I would definitely recommend the waterfall hikes if you can make it or at the very least check out the turnoffs on the H1/H2. Very windy however, so watch you hat.
  • Very neat experience to travel up the mountain and experience the beautiful terrain, tunnels and twist and curves to the summit. It's a little tricky and mysterious getting to it and you can easily miss it. Be wary of fast moving local traffic as you navigate the journey and be ready to make a quick exit at the top. The wind that funnels up the valley normally blows extremely hard and you will find yourself leaning into the wind as you make your way to the lookout. The stunning view makes it all worthwhile and it should be on your to do list if you really want to see the gorgeous valley overlooking the city the miles of beach and a wonderful view of the pacific. There is a small parking fee of around 3 bucks, and well worth it. We had to make a second trip to the lookout before we left the island and it was just as enjoyable the second time. Gorgeous!

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