East Oahu Overlook
Best Scenic Lookout
The Nu'uanu Pali Lookout is one of the most stunning views of Oahu's Ko'olau Mountain Range.
Located just a short 5-mile drive from downtown Honolulu, this lookout offers the some of the best views on Oahu. From here you can spot Kailua town as well as Kaneohe Bay and, of course, the breathtaking Ko'olau Mountains. One word of warning, however: The wind will literally knock you off your feet at this spot if you're not prepared, so take off your hats and hold on to the kids! Aside from its obvious beauty, this spot is the site of one of King Kamehameha's most gruesome victories.
In 1795, Kamehameha the Great's troops drove Oahu's men up the hills only to force them off these cliffs and to their deaths. Following that battle, Kamehameha was able to finish his quest and unite the islands. It is rumored that over 100 years later nearly 500 human skulls were found at the base of the mountain.
We recommend you bring your camera- or phone, of course- and a jacket. The lookout is open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily as weather permits. Admission is free and there is plenty of parking. After taking in the spectacular view, head back down the Pali Highway and soon you'll have the option to head either into the town of Kailua and hit the beach, or head to Oahu's famed North Shore.