Fodor's Expert Review Tantalus and Round Top Drive

Makiki Heights Scenic Drive

A few minutes and a world away from Waikiki and Honolulu, this scenic drive shaded by vine-draped trees has frequent pullouts with views of Diamond Head and the ewa side of Honolulu. It's a nice change of pace from urban life below. At Puu Ualakaa State Wayside (Tantalus), stop to see the sweeping view from Manoa Valley to Honolulu.

To start the drive, go to the Punchbowl cemetery (National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific), and follow Tantalus Drive uphill. You'll spot wild chickens, darting mongoose (the squirrels of Hawaii), and maybe the occasional wild boar along the road as you drive.

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3200 Round Top Dr.
Honolulu, Hawaii  96822, USA

dlnr.hawaii.gov/dsp/parks/oahu/puu-ualakaa-state-wayside

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