Ever want to feel like you're on top of the world? Pu'u Ualaka'a State Park, which is right smack in the middle of urban Honolulu, Hawaii, is a brilliant lookout that offers the best views ever: city skyline meets endless ocean.
If I were to advise someone visiting Hawaii for the first time where to visit for nice views – it would be Pu’u Ualaka’a State Park, hands down.
Situated on top of a mountain in the Maikiki/downtown Honolulu area, this lookout offers unparalleled, unique views. Most of what Hawaii has to offer is beautiful to begin with but are usually limited to mostly trees, greenery, and natural landscapes. While that is nothing to complain about, Pu’u Ualaka’a State Park offers both the lush greenery of the mountain side, but also has a fantastic view from above modern Honolulu, which stretches from the iconic Diamond Head, all the way to the other side of the island, Pearl Harbor, and beyond. It’s truly incredible to see everything from this amazing, highly-elevated lookout.
At the park, there is a nice, large, sloping patch of trimmed grass, perfect for picnics at any time of the day. I would personally recommend coming to Pu’u Ualaka’a State Park around 4pm or 5pm, when dusk begins to approach. The gate supposedly gets locked at 6:30 pm, so sometimes it’s not quite possible to stay until sunset occurs.
My friends and I once brought our guitars to jam and hang out while watching the sunset during winter break, last year. It was truly a memorable experience. Friends, music, beautiful breezy weather (it might be good to bring a jacket – it gets a bit windy that high up), and the most spectacular view you could think of. We should’ve brought food, which would’ve made the experience so much more yummy.
Now that it’s summer vacation for me, I’ll definitely be making the drive up to Pu’u Ualaka’a State Park, ASAP, to take more photos!