Located just 5 minutes by car from busy Downtown Honolulu, the Nu`uanu Pali Lookout is one of the most sacred sites to the Hawaiian people. Nu`uanu Pali was once a vital pass connecting the Honolulu side of O`ahu with the Windward side—Kaneohe and Kailua—as well as a lush area home to many spirits and sacred tales of the Hawaiian people.
The Nu`uanu Pali Lookout was the site of a strategic battle in Hawai`i’s history when in 1795, Kamehameha I conquered the island of O`ahu. He, along with 10,000 of his warriors, traveled via canoes from Hawai`i island engaging in battles along the way.
They arrived on O`ahu and engaged in one of the bloodiest battles in Hawai`i’s history; eventually pushing defenders of O`ahu up the Pali and eventually drove over 400 warriors off the 1,000 foot cliffs to their deaths.
Today, Nu`uanu Pali Lookout is a popular scenic lookout for visitors to the island with panoramic views of Kaneohe and Kailua as well as views of the UH Marine biology research center, Hawai`i Pacific University Windward Campus, Kaneohe Bay Marine Corps Base, and the Hoomaluhia Botanical Gardens.
The site is free to the public, the there is a $3.00 fee per car.