Oahu’s Nuuanu Pali Lookout – It’s What You Came For

February 13, 2012 by

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View from the Nuuanu Pali Lookout. Photo courtesy of Lukas via Wikipedia.

View from the Nuuanu Pali Lookout. Photo courtesy of Lukas via Wikipedia.

Resting just a short 5-mile jaunt outside Honolulu’s bustling streets lies perhaps the reason you came to Hawaii in the first place: dramatic cliffs, panoramic vistas and dense green jungles. One of the best scenic points in all of Oahu, Nuuanu Pali Lookout is worth the trip.  You’ll gaze into the depths of the virgin rainforest and realize that this is what Hawaii is loved for: pristine ocean, lush greenery, and calm coastal breezes.

Perched over a thousand feet above the Oahu coastline, the Pali Lookout is both beautiful and a site of deep historical significance. Pali means “cliff” in Hawaiian and the Pali Lookout is the site of the Battle of Nuuanu. In 1795, this is where King Kamehameha I won the struggle that finally united Oahu under his rule. Hundreds of Hawaiian soldiers braved those cliffs in not much more than sandals and spiked clubs. Not bad, eh?

Today, visitors look out over the vast, jungle-lined cliffs and appreciate what makes the island of Oahu (and indeed the rich heritage of the Hawaiian people) so great. Not only does this volcanic outcropping boast the most entertainment and modern culture of any of the islands, but it also has all of the raw wilderness any visitor of Hawaii would come to expect. The sheer cliffs, the Honolulu Botanical Gardens, the rippling Pacific, are all a part of the quick and quiet scene available just a short drive from Honolulu.


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