This spot gets its name from the Hawaiian words “nu’u”, “anu”, and “pali”; which translate to “height”, “cool”, and “cliffs”, respectively. Which is exactly what you’ll get here – high chilly cliffs. Sitting 1200 feet above sea level, and towering over the neighborhood’s below, the views are expansive. Take in the Windward towns of Kailua and Kaneohe, the island of Mokolii (known as Chinaman’s Hat), and an panoramic view of the ocean. Because it’s situated right at the opening between the Windward and South sides of the island, you’re likely to encounter chilly, howling winds here. As the trade winds hit the face of the mountain this is their first opening to the other side at the island.
This spot also has a hallowed place in Hawaiian history as well, as it’s the site of the Battle of Nuuanu at which the revered King Kamehameha I united the island of Oahu in 1795. It was also the location people built the first direct route from the Windward side of the island to Honolulu in the mid 1800’s. While they were building the road, in 1898, workers found 800 humans skulls, thought to be the remains of the warriors that perished in the famous battle over a hundred years earlier.
There’s a parking lot right at the front of the lookout.
$7 for Non-Residents
Free for Residents