Pu'u Ohia Mount Tantalus

Honolulu, Hawaii

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Pu’u Ohia is the Hawaiian name for Mount Tantalus, the high point on the edge of a volcanic cinder cone. The view from the summit is one of the finest, taking in Diamond Head, Pearl Harbor, the Wai’anae Range, the Ko’olau Range, Nu’uanu Pali, and the Tantalus crater . . . weather permitting, of course. The crater is the remains of O’ahu’s last gasp (maybe) of volcanic activity—the same gasp that produced Koko Crater, Koko Head, and Diamond Head—so it’s one of the few spots on the island that actually looks like a crater. It’s not as obvious as Diamond Head because it is covered in vegetation. Still, you can look down into a bowl from the summit. It does rain a lot here and the path can be slippery.
Best Easy Day Hikes: Hawaii: Oahu

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by Suzanne Swedo (Falcon Guides)

Pu’u Ohia is the Hawaiian name for Mount Tantalus, the high point on the edge of a volcanic cinder cone. The view from the summit is one of the finest, taking in Diamond Head, Pearl Harbor, the Wai’anae Range, the Ko’olau Range, Nu’uanu Pali, and the Tantalus crater . . . weather permitting, of course.

The crater is the remains of O’ahu’s last gasp (maybe) of volcanic activity—the same gasp that produced Koko Crater, Koko Head, and Diamond Head—so it’s one of the few spots on the island that actually looks like a crater. It’s not as obvious as Diamond Head because it is covered in vegetation. Still, you can look down into a bowl from the summit. It does rain a lot here and the path can be slippery.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Honolulu
Distance: 1
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 45 minutes to 1.5 hours
Season: All year
Local Maps: USGS Honolulu
Driving Directions: Directions to Pu'u Ohia (Mount Tantalus)

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