Nu'uanu Pali–The Old Pali Highway

Kailua, Hawaii 96734

Nu'uanu Pali–The Old Pali Highway

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"The view from the Nu’uanu Pali overlook is truly stunning, but you have to share it with hundreds of chattering tourists and rumbling tour buses unless you walk a bit. With very little effort you can wander past the chaos down the Old Pali Highway and have the views almost to yourself.

This is the site of perhaps the most important battle in Hawaii’s history. Nu’uanu Pali is the place where King Kamehameha drove his enemies over the cliff in the battle that won him the power to unify the Hawaiian Islands. There are some interesting interpretive panels at the overlook, where you can read about King Kamehameha I, probably the most colorful and celebrated figure in the history of the islands, about the construction of the Pali Highway, and view a map naming the features spread out before you."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
30 minutes to 1 hour
All year
Nu'uanu Pali State Wayside
Local Contacts
USGS Honolulu
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Dec 2018