Located in the southern Ko’olau 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 Oahu’s 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