Mount Tantalus

Hawaiian mount tantalus

About Mount Tantalus


Located in the southern Koolau Mountains above Downtown Honolulu is the scenic Mount Tantalus. The winding mountain road begins behind Punchbowl Crater and makes its way through Makiki Valley before meeting with Mount Tantalus and descending upon the city.

With views of Diamond Head to Barber’s Point, Mount Tantalus is an excellent place to watch a beautiful Hawaiian sunset.


Formed tens of thousands of years ago by a volcanic cinder cone during Oahus later eruptions, Mount Tantalus boasts some of the best views on the island of Diamond Head Crater and Downtown Honolulu. In 1942, Japanese planes flew over Oahu in an attempt to bomb Pearl Harbor a second time and disrupt military operations recovering from the December 7 attack. Their bombs missed by miles due to weather and no one was hurt. The bombs landed on the lush slopes of Mount Tantalus.

Facts & Trivia

  • Island: Oahu
  • Insider Tip: Take a drive along Pacific Heights Road for an excellent view of the sun setting over the city.
  • Fun Fact: Mount Tantalus was bombed during a second Japanese attack on Hawaii meant to disrupt the disrupt salvage and repair operations in Pearl Harbor.
  • What to Expect: Stunning views of downtown Honolulu, , lush tropical vegetation, and beautiful sunsets.
  • Pop Culture: Scenes from the Elvis hit movie Blue Hawaii were filmed on Mount Tantalus.