Puu Ualakaa State Park

Diamond Head Crater and Waikiki from Puu Ualakaa State Park

Diamond Head Crater and Waikiki from Puu Ualakaa State Park

Puu Ualakaa State Park is situated high upon Mount Tantalus in Honolulu.

Puu Ualakaa State Park offers fantastic, breath-taking, sweeping panoramic views. You can see Diamond Head Crater, Waikiki, and the Manoa valley. In addition, you can also see all of Honolulu, Pearl Harbor, Punch Bowl Crater, and Honolulu International Airport. These points of interest are along the southern coast of Oahu.

The Pacific Ocean is the backdrop to the above. Therefore, picture taking is a must for any visitor. Consequently, on sunny days you can capture the best photos. However, the views are quite spectacular on any day. Because of these gorgeous view, this area is a must see scenic point for anyone visiting Oahu. This State park is also sometime called “PuÊ»u Ê»UalakaÊ»a State Wayside.” In addition, the park is a forested area on an extinct cinder cone not far from downtown Honolulu. Furthermore, according to the Division of State Parks, there is a hiking trail (UalakaÊ»a Trail) which begins in Pu’u ‘Ualaka’a State Wayside. As such, it is a short loop through thick forest canopy.

Photos from Puu Ualakaa State Park

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Driving notes

Although you can travel up Round Top Drive or Tantalus Drive to get to Puu Ualakaa State Park, we recommend going up Round Top Drive. Both roads are quite windy and have several switchbacks, however Round Top is definitely easier on the driver and takes less time. This is especially relevant because one should use caution on either route, and take it slow, particularly on the curves and sharp turns. It is a good idea to take all valuables with you, just like at any other park or attraction. As a result, do not leave any belongings in your car.


2760 Round Top Dr, Honolulu, HI 96822 – click for a Google Map of the State Park.