Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Pali Lookout and Old Pali Road

The Pali Lookout is along the Pali Highway, which runs from Kailua to Honolulu. It is set in the cliffs of the Koolau Mountain Range and gives a spectacular panoramic view of the Windward Coast. You get a breathtaking view of Kaneohe bay, along with Chinaman's Hat and Marine Corps Base Hawaii.

The Pali Lookout is open from 9-4 daily, weather permitting. Parking costs $3 but if you are a local or are in the military you park for free. Don't leave valuables in your car as this is a high theft area, there are signs posted to remind you. Because of the trade winds the lookout can be VERY windy! Hold on to your hats and your children's hands while admiring the view.

A section of the Old Pali Highway is located to the right of the lookout. The road hasn't been driven on for about 50 years and is now overgrown and eroding.

The Pillars holding up the Old Pali

The road becomes even more overgrown the further down you go and eventually you run into a pile of boulders. Just past them are a couple of hiking trails, one of which is a longer route to the Likeke Falls (I will post about this in the future)!

A baby mongoose crossing the path:

You can see more of the Old Pali on the other side of the new Pali Highway:

There are many great photo ops along the way! The scenery along with the history of the road is just amazing.

 Another view of the Kaneohe Bay and Chinaman's Hat from the Old Pali Hwy:

The Old Pali Hwy is a fun little hike full of history and breathtaking scenery, and it is stoller friendly (as long as you turn back at the boulders I mentioned earlier). Just remember it does gradually go down the mountain and what goes down must come back up so be prepared to walk back up to the lookout!

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