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Tantalus Lookout

Pu'u Ualaka'a State Wayside

O'ahu, Hawai'i

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  • View south to Waikīkī and Diamond Head (762 ft) from Tantalus Lookout (1,048 ft).- Tantalus Lookout
  • Sunset view over Pearl Harbor from Tantalus Lookout in Pu'u Ualaka'a State Wayside.- Tantalus Lookout
  • View south to Waikīkī and Diamond Head (762 ft) from Tantalus Lookout (1,048 ft).- Tantalus Lookout
  • View northeast from the Tantalus Lookout of Mount Olympus (2,486 ft) in the Ka'olau Range.- Tantalus Lookout
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Pros: 
Panoramic views over Honolulu/Waikīkī.
Cons: 
Very limited parking.
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Region:
O'ahu, HI
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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One of the most unique aspects about visiting the island of Hawai'i is the ease with which one can explore high mountains and tropical oceans with only a short drive separating the two. The Tantalus Lookout combines a little bit of both with an accessible and popular vista of downtown Honolulu, Pearl Harbor, and the ocean while being surrounded by lush cloud forest scenery. 

The Tantalus Lookout is located in the Pu'u 'Ualaka'a State Wayside, which is situated high up Round Top Drive toward the summit of Mount Tantalus. At the entrance of the park is a trailhead for the 'Ualaka'a Trail, a 1-mile loop that also leads to the network of other trails up the mountain, such as Pu'u Ohia. Farther up the entrance road is a parking lot for the picnic area with a covered pavilion and picnic tables, surrounded by some wonderful open greenspaces. At the end of the road is the small lot for the lookout itself, where there are sweeping views of Manoa Valley, Diamond Head, and Waikīkī to the south, Pearl Harbor and the Waianae Mountains to the north, and a seemingly endless Pacific Ocean. Most visitors to the lookout are there for the spectacular sunsets, and it can be very busy during weekend evenings. Tantalus is known to be wet, with showers blowing unexpectedly in over the mountains and down into Manoa Valley, so come prepared. Hikers looking to use the trails should expect plenty of mud and slick slopes.

The park gates are open from 7:00 a.m. until 7:45 p.m. in summer months and until 6:45 p.m. in winter months. Parking is limited at the lookout, especially on clear evenings around sunset. However, more parking is available toward the park entrance and at the picnic shelter with only a short walk to the lookout.

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