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Puu Ualakaa State Park

Pu'u 'Ualaka'a state park Pu'u 'Ualaka'a state park Photo: Jim Bahn via Flickr

Located not far from downtown Honolulu this part features a beautiful forested area complete with views of southern O'ahu from Diamond Head, Honolulu, Pearl Harbor, and Manoa Valley. Although you'll be able to find scenic lookouts all through Honolulu this one is a notable one since you're at a height of 1,048 feet. If it's an especially clear day you can even view past Pearl Harbor. The lookout is accessible to all thanks to the fact it uses a paved walkway. The viewing platform is covered with a roof so even on hot sunny days you'll have shelter allowing you to take your time taking photographs. Because of the roof and the breeze that is always available on the platform temperatures tend to be cooler here than on the shore.

This lookout is fantastic any time of year and as for what time of day to visit, while you can enjoy stunning views at any time dusk and dawn are the most scenic. Keep in mind the viewing platform closes at 7:45pm from Labor Day until March 31 and then at 6:45pm the reset of the year. There is no need to just take in the view and leave because there are a number of hiking paths that you can embark on while visiting. The hiking path difficulty level is easy so anyone can enjoy it. All the trails are well marked so there is no fear of getting lost. The name of the park means "rolling sweet potato hill" referring to the old days when planters had to rely on gravity to bring in the harvest allowing the tubers that were dug up to then roll down the steep slopes.

The part offers conveniences such as free parking, picnic shelters, restrooms, drinking water, and a scenic lookout that is perfect for photo opportunities.


April 1 to Labor Day: 7 am to 7:45 pm
After Labor Day to March 31: 7 am to 6:45 pm
Address/Map:  2760 round top dr., Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone: (808) 587-0300
Website: Plan your visit to Puu Ualakaa State Park