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Diamond Head State Monument

Diamond Head Road at 18th Ave.

The unique profile of Diamond Head (LÄ“‘ahi) sits prominently near the eastern edge of Waikiki’s coastline. Hawaii’s most recognized landmark is known for its historic hiking trail, stunning coastal views, and military history. Diamond Head State Monument encompasses over 475 acres, including the interior and outer slopes of the crater.

This broad, saucer-shaped crater was formed about 300,000 years ago during a single, explosive eruption that sent ash and fine particles in the air. As these materials settled, they cemented together into a rock called tuff, creating the crater, and which is visible from the trail in the park. Most of the vegetation and birds were introduced in the late 1800s to early 1900s.


Melissa Peterson

Thursday, May 31, 2018
This was definitely worth the walk! (or maybe it's a hike?) While this is one to prepare for (sunscreen, sneakers, water, and a snack), we were not overly prepared. That being said, those in my family who are fit were able to do this hike no problem, even under-prepared with their shoes/outfits. I was not one of those super-fit people, so thankfully I had sneakers, sunscreen, water, and a snack. ****This is NOT an easy walk for those who have foot/knee/breathing problems, and some areas don't have much room for stopping to rest, but please be aware if you have medical conditions. **** That being said, the views of Honolulu from the top are incredible. The colors of the ocean are breathtaking. If you haven't already, check out the photos and view photo spheres to get a 360 preview of how it looks from the overlook! This is especially good for those who won't physically be able to make the hike. The hike is not wheel-chair or stroller accessible. There are a lot of stairs, and a lot of switchbacks with puddle ruts.

Noey Crane

Sunday, June 24, 2018
Fun hike to do while in Honolulu. Make sure you bring water and sunscreen if you go midday, as it's hot and you will damage your skin. Last week I believe 6 hikers dehydrated up there, so definitely bring water. I'm not particularly physically fit, and I hiked up and down in about an hour total, I spent maybe 10 minutes on the top. Most of the hike is a bunch of switchback paths, then stairs. When you come to the big set of stairs you can choose to go up them, or go left and around to the top. It's pretty crowded so I'd recommend going early if you want to beat the crowds and the heat. There's a tunnel towards the top of the hike so if you're claustrophobic it might be a little uncomfortable. Overall a fun & scenic hike.

Jeff Hawkins

Monday, June 25, 2018
This was a really fantastic walk. We took our 4 year old son and 8 year old daughter and were able to make it to the top in under 30 minutes with no problems. When you are close to the top you can choose two ways to the peak. Our son chose the steep steps for us on the way up, but there is also an easier option that we took for the return trip. The views from the top are great.

Debdeep Bhattacharya

Monday, June 18, 2018
This place has a great view once you climb all the way to the top. It is a very touristy place so the trail is well maintained and has fences to hold on to while climbing. There are almost no big trees to provide shade on the way, so it can get very hot. Take a lot of water and wear good shoes. The peak was extremely crowded.

Stephen Morgan

Sunday, May 20, 2018
So we got there for 5:30AM , to see the sunrise. It was a good shout as this meant we were the first ones through the gate when it opened at 6AM. We walk pretty fast so kept right at the front of the herds meaning we could get unpopulated photos, and easy access to the areas we wanted to see. The views were truly breathtaking and the breeze being that high up was welcomed, you get pretty hot and sweaty as there are a lot of stairs and it is an incline up to the top. Well recommended but get there early .....

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