Nu'uanu Pali–The Old Pali Highway

Kailua, Hawaii

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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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"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."

Activity Type: Hiking, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Kailua
Distance: 1.5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 30 minutes to 1 hour
Season: All year
Local Contacts: Nu'uanu Pali State Wayside
Local Maps: USGS Honolulu
Driving Directions: Directions to Nu'uanu Pali–The Old Pali Highway

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May 2018