Makiki stretches from downtown Honolulu to Mānoa and Waikīkī, bounded to the north by Makiki Heights and Makiki Valley and to the south by Ala Moana.
Makiki is an area of Honolulu, Hawaiʻi located northeast of downtown Honolulu generally stretching east to west from Punahou Street to Pensacola Street and north to south from Round Top Drive/Makiki Heights Drive to Lunalilo Freeway. Punchbowl, an extinct tuff cone, and Tantalus, tower over the Makiki neighborhood. The geographic layout of this area is primarily older houses, smaller apartment buildings, and side streets. Major roadways include Punahou Street, Pensacola Street, Piʻikoi Street, Nehoa Street, and Wilder Avenue. The area also includes a fire station, hospital, public school system, private schools including Punahou School, several churches of various denominations, a library, a community center, market place, and parks. The valley heights have hiking trails owned by the state for public use. The valley heights are mostly underdeveloped leaving room for a non-profit conservation organization named Hawaii Nature Center website, to hold a small property providing conservation education and work opportunity to local schools students. Two Makiki community organizations, Hui o Makiki and Friends of Makiki Community Library, have partnered together to create a Makiki Community with information about educational, cultural, recreational, and social-service offerings in the Makiki area, including a calendar of events.
Punahou school was opened in Makiki on July 11, 1842, to educate missionary children, on a land grant of 200 acres from Governor Boki near the site of Kapunahou water spring. Makiki is also the site of the Claus "King of Sugar" Spreckels Victorian-style mansion near Dole Street, which was later refurbished and converted into the St. Louis Alumni Clubhouse.Lunalilo Home was opened in Makiki under the sponsorship of King William Charles Lunalilo for "the poor, the destitute, the infirm, and the aged people of Hawaiian blood or extraction, giving preference to old people." Central Union Church on Beretania and Punahou streets was cornerstoned on December 2, 1922 (completed in 1924), on property that belonged to the Dillingham homestead.