Honolulu Take a cool, refreshing drive through a lush, green rain forest that opens up to the breathtaking panoramic view of Diamond Head, Waikiki, Punchbowl Crater, and Honolulu. Several great trails take you through the rain forest and bamboo forest to the top of a cinder cone for a fabulous view of an uninhabited valley and the South Shore.
Directions: From Waikiki get on Ala Wai Blvd., turn right on McCully Street and head towards the mountains. You will cross a bridge over the H1 Lunalilo Freeway, after the bridge turn left onto Wilder Avenue. Drive northwest and turn right on Makiki Street, at the 1st set of lights. Follow Makiki Street up until you come to a Y and then take Round Top Drive the rest of the way. You will end up going past the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl and will come out into the business district of Honolulu. Useful Information: Drive time is approximately 2 hours with stops Be sure to stop at Pu'u Ualakaa Park for the best view from Diamond Head to Honolulu Many trailheads begin along Tantalus Drive - trail hikes take from 1 hour to a full day - there are no facilities along the trails - check with the Division of Forestry & Wildlife at 808-587-0166 for details and maps on these hikes