When in Oahu, Diamond Head State Monument is a must-visit.
This large beauty is 3,520 feet in diameter and can be easily spotted from the plane as it descends and makes its way to Honolulu Airport.
Diamond Head was created about 300,000 years ago from a series of volcanic eruptions and is open to the public for a nice uphill hike and spectacular views at its peak.
Hours: 6am – 6pm Daily
Last call hike: 4:30pm
They will reject your entry at the parking gate if you show up after 4:30pm.
Parking: $5 per car
Pedestrian walk-ins: $1 per person
The trail to the summit from the parking lot is .8 miles one way with an elevation climb of 560 feet. Only .2 miles of the trail is paved, while the rest is dirt and gravel. This is an easy hike suitable for hikers of all levels. Those who are out of shape, of course, will find it a bit more difficult, but there are plenty of areas to stop for rest.
The reward is its summit where all of Honolulu, the beautiful blue beaches and ocean, and the mountains are visible.
A brief introduction to Diamond Head.
Are you ready?!
Some more history.
View from halfway up the trail.
The short series of switchbacks.
The entrance to the tunnel. A brief respite from the hot sun.
At the top of the steps.
Despite the warning, lots of visitors climb up this platform for slightly better views.
For the most recent information on Diamond Head, visit Hawaii’s Division of State Parks website.