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Diamond Head State Monument
Diamond Head State Monument

Diamond Head State Monument

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18th Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96816
(808) 587-0300
http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dsp/parks/oahu/diamond-head-state-monument/
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When you imagine the excitement early visitors to Diamond Head must have felt when they confused calcite deposits with real diamonds, it's easy to forgive their misnaming this extinct volcano. Today ... Read more
the state maintains a little monument, complete with a path leading up and through the mountain in former army bunkers. The trek is topped off with one of the best views of Honolulu from the summit. After filling up your camera's memory card head on back into the crater and consider enjoying some shave ice. There is a truck there that has got this cold snack down, just don't let the local population of pushy peacocks intimidate you into sharing.

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Diamond Head State Monument offers panoramic, stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Honolulu. Our home sits on the slopes of this 300,000 year old crater. You can walk but we recommend driving to the entrance of the crater. The trail starts from inside the crater and isn't very long but can be somewhat of a challenge due to the incline. It is well worth the climb as up top you can see breathtaking views of all of Waikiki. This historic monument sued to be used by the US military as a post for preventing attacks against Honolulu. Make sure to get there before 4:30pm, as the park closes at 6pm and they do not allow hikers after 4:30. The hike will take you about 1.5-2 hours and you should bring a bottle of water with you to stay hydrated. Parking can get busy and is cash only ($5/car, $1/person for pedestrians)

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Berkeley, California, USA

One of the best views of Honolulu can be found at the top of Diamond Head. Really, this isn't a super difficult hike so people of all different fitness levels should be able to do it. Remember to bring some cash to enter the parking lot/hike.

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Chandler, Arizona

Not a bad hike once you make it to the stairs. The set of stairs are a little steep. ARRIVE EARLY! 6-6:30am is the perfect time (or earlier if you can) we arrived early enough to get paid parking up close, made it to the top with few crowds and on our way back down (8:30ish) was when hoards of people were on their way up.. groups of 20-30 plus people, they looked like ants climbing up when looking down from the top lol. A beautiful view of the city, ocean, and valley! A must do if you are active and into hiking.

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Diamond Head one of Waikiki's famous landmarks. Diamond Head got its name from the 19th century British sailors who thought the sparkling calcite crystals were diamonds. Leah or Diamond Head, a state park, is open 6am to 6pm. Last entrance to hike the trail is at 4:30pm Entry fee is $1 person or $5 per car. The hike is .8 mile from trailhead to summit. Near Waikiki Shore and highly recommend for those who enjoy hiking and outdoors.

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Redondo Beach, California, USA

A great spot to stretch your legs and get unparalleled views of Waikiki and Oahu. A vigorous hike up to the top, you'll pass all ages and nationalities. Some run, some take it slow and steady, but all go for the views.

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Local from Honolulu, Hawaii

A must do when in Honolulu. You can park down below or just wait for a parking spot closer in. The lower part is paved, the middle section is well packed dirt, and the top has some short (and steep) sections of stairs. Very doable for all ages unless you have mobility limitations. The view at the top is spectacular and you can take your time looking around.

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Corona

This hike was extremely steady movement and very worth it when you reach the top!

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Pleasanton

Too many people but it is a must do in hawaii, bring water and go to the bathroom prior, its only 1$ to walk in and $5 to park

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Los Angeles, California, USA

I've been to Diamond Head twice in the past growing up on the islands but returning this time proved to be quite refreshing. The hike is paved but still quite rocky. The hike itself takes about an hr and a half round trip and can be moderately challenging to those with joint issues. Please wear shoes. At least 4/10 tourist we pasted were wearing slippers. Beats me! The entrance fee w/o parking is only $1! And the view from the top is so worth it! There are also many scenic view points along the way for a nice breeze and great pics

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Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA

Awesome relatively easy hike where you can wear running shoes. No hiking boots needed!

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Rohnert Park, California

Amazing views & vistas, the hike from the base tip the crest must be undertaken by someone who is in decent physical shape and who had the desire to literally climb a mountain.

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Toronto

Short and pretty easy hike up. Best part is the hardest part is the hike at first and then you get a gorgeous view at the top of Waikiki and the city /beautiful blue waters that is so worth it. Then the rest is some easy downhill walking . Great experience !!!

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Greater Seattle, Washington, USA

A nice easy hike but packed with tourists. Difficult to get parking if you drive there and show up any time after 9. If you are driving there, get there closer to 6am to get parking and avoid the heat and the tour busses. I recommend walking there if possible. The hike is pretty easy but with the amount of other people on the trail it can be kind of crazy. The view at the top is amazing.

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Local from Honolulu, Hawaii

A Must See! Take stroll through history and learn how this famous crater was created! Long, but easy hike! You wont want to miss the view from the top :)

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Local from Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Also known as Mount Leahi, Diamond Head was so named because the sparkling crystals in the hardened lava looked like diamonds. It is a hikeable dormant volcano!

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Los Angeles, California, USA

Great activity to do while you're in Honolulu. Interesting history and a not-too-challenging hike with beautiful views of the city at the top.

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One of the world's most recognizable landmarks just minutes away from your Colony Surf rental.

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San Diego, California

If you are staying in Oahu, you must take the hike up to Diamond Head. The view at the top is quite spectacular. Go early in the morning to beat the heat and then reward yourself with a shave ice when you get back down to the bottom. A fun free activity for the whole family.

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New Delhi, India

hike is easy and can be done by people of all ages. beautiful views once you reach the summit

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Madison, AL

Very touristy. Don't ever expect to have the trail to yourself. Costs $1 to walk in and $5 for a car to park there. During peak times, you'll be waiting in the full lot for a space to park.

Overall, its a relatively easy hike with decent views and a couple of scenic points up along the way. I see Japanese girls in wedge heels hike this trail.

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