Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Tantalizing Tantalus

The lush Moleka Trail to Herring Springs is one of a dozen among the interconnected Tantalus Trails that lie just above metro Honolulu. Make it a driving tour on a 10-mile tropical loop road, stepping out for strolls at the arboretum, at the visitors center, a scamper up to Tantalus Summit, or the panorama of Waikiki and Diamond Head from Pu’u Ualaka’a Stare Park Lookout. Or strap on the boots and boogie on the Manoa Cliff Trail or a long loop through Makiki Valley. Options to da max.

Also on the loop road is The Contemporary Museum, with its smash-mouth view of the city, and nearby is Punchbowl, aka The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, the green bowl of an ancient volcanic crater that is now a vast shrine to soldiers who have died in Pacific wars.