Puu Ualakaa State Park
Puu Ualakaa State Park
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN4,967 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
Pu'u 'Ualaka'a State Park is where you find Round Top Drive that takes you up to the Tantalus Lookout. Spectacular panoramic views on the entirety of Honolulu stretching from Diamond Head and across the city. Try to go on a nice day when the sun is shining and there are blue skies. The drive up takes about 15-20 minutes. I went around 11am on a Sunday morning and had no problems finding a parking spot. Hardly any others there at that time. Apparently, this is a favorite spot for car break ins so don't leave valuables visible, but I had no issues. There are also many nice hiking trails in the area including the hike to Manoa Falls and the Makiki Valley Trail
Written January 5, 2024
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parrottdize
Dyer, IN2,281 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
This is the first time coming to the Puu Ualakaa lookout and the views are spectacular. There is a short walk from the parking lot that is on a easy incline. The pictures included tell it all.

This place is a hidden gem!
Written December 25, 2023
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rleNewEngland
New England591 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
I sort of stumbled on this state park when scanning a map....I know I'm old and love paper maps.....of Honolulu. It seemed not too far from the Punch Bowl, but with the winding streets it takes a few minutes to arrive at the top. There are only about a dozen parking spots at the very top, but mid-day we had the place almost to ourselves. What amazing views of the entire city!
Written November 16, 2022
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DeeLee
Orange County, CA340 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
It was peaceful and so nice to drive up there and look down to the whole city on a perfect day. We will go back again next week with our family while all of us are here in Honolulu
Written October 16, 2022
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harv2u
Kennewick423 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Best view of Honolulu! Great picture spot in the day and even busier at night. True a “hidden gem”. We stumbled on it when attending the Nutridge Estate luau. Highly recommend it. Better view than from top of Diamond Head and you don’t have to hike! And it is FREE.
Written July 5, 2021
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Creeping_Death_LA
Los Angeles, CA4,402 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
I didn't have a rental car so I took the public bus to the closest stop near the park. Getting an Uber was almost impossible in that area. The hassle of getting there was well worth it in the end. The view and the surrounding area is beautiful and must be seen in person.
Written April 22, 2021
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Beth W
Pigeon Forge, TN28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Friends
Awesome off the grid stop.
We were on our way to turtle island and a local showing some family around told us to stop here. So glad we did, the views are amazing!
There were some local younger people there just hanging out and they told us the sunset is absolutely amazing there. With the possibility of left not sure sticking around at dusk is a great idea Unfortunately. Luckily we didn’t have any issues.
Another great off the grid stop, Laie Point. It’s in a residential area so parking is limited. But beautiful spot.
Written November 10, 2019
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Arnold R/Lois S
Myrtle Beach, SC49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Easy drive and park. Great views of most of the Oahu shore including Waikiki and Downtown Oahu. This should be a must see.
Written October 22, 2019
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Previa1994
Chicago, IL6,688 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Puu Ualakaa is a beautiful State Park reached via the equally beautiful Tantalus Drive. The entrance dive is beautifully lined with eucalyptus trees on either side of the road. A major attraction in the park is the scenic lookout which provides awesome views of Honolulu including Diamond Head and the Punchbowl. There are several nice hiking trails through the rainforests to enjoy as long as one prepared with water and insect repellant.

In sum, even if you do not want to drive the full route of Tantalus scenic drive, at least drive up to and visit Puu Ualakaa State Park for grand views of Honolulu.
Written October 14, 2019
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Cormick026
North Platte, NE129 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
It was a fun drive up. We stopped to catch the views of Honolulu a couple times and the crazy hillside housing. Once we got to the top, we had really amazing view of Honolulu area. The parking lot was full but someone left so we didn't wait long. One word of warning - a distressed couple was at the top because they left their vehicle unguarded and someone smashed the window to their vehicle. The lookout is no more than 30 yards away! Brave thieves. So watch your stuff and leave somebody at the car to guard. Looks like the City could post security cameras or patrol the area more frequently. Probably ruined their vacation and made me a little edgy.
Written September 23, 2019
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