Nu’uanu Pali Lookout


About Nu’uanu Pali Lookout


Stand where King Kamehameha led his people to unity in 1795 after his victory at the Battle of Nuuanu. Look out past the windy cliffs of the Koolau Mountains to two rural East Oahu towns, Kailua and Kaneohe. Gusts of powerful wind can reach up to 80 MPH, so hold on to your hat! Discover a land where the Nation of Hawaii became a reality for King Kamehameha, whose statue you’ll see in Downtown Honolulu. At the Nu’uanu Pali Lookout, youll enjoy some of the best views of Windward Oahu and breathtaking photo opportunities (just don’t let the wind blow your camera away!).


The Nu’uanu Pali Lookout is the location of one of the most important battles in Hawaiian history. It was here, in 1795, that Kamehameha I fought one of his fiercest fights to unite the islands. Kamehameha succeeded after his conquest pushed all enemies over the edge of the lookout point. When the Pali Road was constructed in 1897, the remains of 800 menfrom the Batlle of Nuuanuwere found at the base of the Ko`olau Mountains.

Facts & Trivia

  • Island: Oahu
  • Duration: 15-20 Minutes.
  • Amenities: Portable restrooms, trash cans, interpretive signage.
  • Insider Tip: Hold on to your hats! Literally. Wind gusts at the Pali Lookout are consistently around 45 MPH and often top 80 MPH.
  • Fun Fact: The Battle of Nuuanu began near Punchbowl and ended at Pali Lookout.
  • What to Expect: Panoramic views of Windward Oahu town, wild chickens, windy cliffs, and lush forestation.
  • Pop Culture: The Old Pali Road can still be seen to the right of the lookout!