Pu'u o Kaimuki Mini Park
Nicknamed Christmas Tree Park for the giant metal tree that glows green during the holiday season, this little park was once called Telegraph Hill, a lookout where King Kamehameha’s troops could spot enemies racing to shore. Perched on a cliff over the Kaimuki fire station, this public space remains more of a viewpoint than a place to relax (no restrooms, no picnic tables!), but that’s just fine. During the day, take in expansive views of Diamond Head, the Ko'olau Mountains, and the Pacific, and by night, watch the sunset fall over the Pacific as the city skyline sparkles with lights.
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Summer Nakaishi is a freelance writer for Thrillist, who, probably because of Christmas Tree Park, believed in Santa Claus far longer than is socially acceptable. (It was like last week!)