A short, steep, and winding road separates Mount Tantalus (Puʻu ʻŌhiʻa) from urban Honolulu—but it is a world away. Designated a forest preserve in the early 20th century, the range has been minimally developed. Thick with undergrowth and canopied by ironwood, guava, pine, and a variety of Hawaiian flowering trees, it gets 160 inches of rain per year compared to Waikiki’s 30.
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