Stunning panoramic views of the windward coast of Oahu can be viewed from the high cliffs at the Pali Lookout overlooking the Ko’olau mountain range. It is an historic area that was the site of the Battle of Nu’uanu, a significant battle in Hawaiian history, where Kamehameha I conquered the island of Oahu in 1795. The famous Hawaiian warrior king and his army arrived in hundreds of war canoes at Waikiki Beach. The Oahu warriors were led by Kalanikupule, the ruler of Maui and Oahu. Kamehameha’s warriors headed to Nu’uanu Valley to face Kalanikupule’s men. The battle was fierce and thousands of Kalanikupule’s men were driven over the steep cliffs to their deaths.
As interesting as the history is, let’s face it, you’ve come to the Pali Lookout for the view. And what a view it is !
* It is extremely windy at the Pali Lookout. Really really windy ! Hold onto your hat, your kids, etc. It’s a good idea to have a light jacket on hand.
* The parking lot is a high-theft area, so don’t leave any valuables in the car.
* The Pali Lookout a popular stop-off point for tours, so if you are on your own, listen in on the history; it is quite interesting.
* There is a path off to the right which is actually an old road hugging the cliffs. It makes an interesting trail leading about a mile downhill with great views of Kaneohe Bay and Kailua. You’ll even see some Banyan trees, Guava trees and other tropical plants.