Pu'u Ualaka'a State Wayside Park

Phone (808) 587-0300
5 stars from 4 reviews
Address 3280 Nutridge St, Honolulu, HI 96822
Amazing vantage point with great panoramic views of Honolulu. A must see. Even the drive up here is worth it!

• General: Cost: Free • General: Photo Opportunity
• Hiking: Hiking • Sightseeing: Great Views
• Vehicle Activities: Fun Drives

Matt Anderson's Take
Pu'u Ualaka'a State Wayside Park is located in Honolulu on the island of O'ahu but it's around 1,000 feet above sea level. To get here you'll take the amazing Tantalus and Round Top Hill Drive which is about a 20-30 minute drive north of the Waikiki area (see Waikiki Guide).

The drive alone is worth the trip but stopping at the park is a must because of the amazing panoramic views you get from the viewing area up there. If you get car sick easily as a passenger then you'll want to be the driver or take some motion sickness medication as this is a very twisty route.

Parking is free and they're usually open from around 7am in the morning to just after sunset. Once parked, it's a very short and paved walk to the lookout area, known as Tantalus Lookout, so get your camera ready because you'll get some amazing shots from here.

You'll see east shores with Diamond Head State Monument all the way to the south shores including Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) and Pearl Harbor (see Pearl Harbor & USS Arizona Memorial) from up here. The viewing area is completely fenced in and safe as well so you should have no fear of falling if heights normally freak you out.

The park offers some nice and fairly easy hiking trails as well (no bikes are allowed on the trails) so even kids can likely handle these short hikes. If it just rained it might be muddy and not the best time for a hike. The park offers restrooms, picnic areas, garbage cans, and water fountains.
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Joined: Feb 2013
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Some of the best views on the island and worth seeing. The drive up is fun but drive slow and be very cautious.
Joined: Apr 2016
Reviews: 237
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OMG! The views from here were just AMAZING! This is one of the spots that you have to go when you visit Oahu. We stopped here on a tour to the Polynesian Cultural Center. We all just stood there and took lots of pictures from all views. Pearl Harbor, PCC, and the Puu ualakaa Wayside Park are all must While you visit Oahu!
Joined: May 2016
Reviews: 67
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Elvis filmed here in the movie blue Hawaii. Those two palm trees were in the presence of the king *swoon*. Past the 16-year-old fan girl in me, this park is a nice quiet spot with a perfect view of Waikiki. The drive up is twisty, turny and very green and lush. It's a nice drive, and you feel like you're much farther away from the city than you actually are which you discover when you can see the whole city right before your eyes. Definitely worth a Sunday drive up for the picture opportunities alone!
Joined: Mar 2016
Reviews: 426
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Pu'u Ualaka's state wayside park has some magical views of Honolulu! Just stunning. We came out here as I love taking pictures. Got some great shots of beautiful Oahu. If you get a chance stop here and check out the views. Amazing. If you're in Oahu come check it out, just magnificent I will definitely be back to see some sunsets and that awesome view.
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