What to do in Nu'uanu Pali State Wayside

Nu'uanu Pali State Wayside encompasses three acres at an elevation of 1,200 feet in the Koolau Mountains. The ridges to the left and right of the lookout are the remnants of the landward side of what was once a large volcano. The seaward side of the volcano has eroded and collapsed.

These cliffs were also the site of a battle in April, 1795 with Kamehameha of the Big Island seeking control of O'ahu.

The site provides impressive views of the windward O'ahu coastline. Winds are usually very strong at this site. There are no developed facilities at the site.

This site provides an excellent opportunity for viewing scenery and photographing the O'ahu coastline.

Nu'uanu Pali State Wayside is located on a 1,200 summit in the Koolau Mountains on O'ahu. The viewpoint can be accessed from Pali Highway.

The climate is pleasantly mild on O'ahu throughout the year. Temperatures vary annually between 60 and 90 degrees F. Summer temperatures range from 68 to 82 degrees F with the water usually near 80 degrees. Winter temperatures vary from 61 to 80 degrees F with the water temperature close to 77 degrees. More rainfall occurs during the winter than other seasons of the year and most of it falls on the northeastern or windward portion of the island.

P.O. Box 621
1151 Punchbowl Street, 131
Honolulu, HI 96809

Phone: 808-587-0300

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