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April 16, 2006
From journal Hawaiian Delight
January 7, 2006
Diamond Head State Monument, Hawaii's most famous landmark, got its name from early sailors of the late 1700s or early 1800s who mistakenly thought that the glistening calcite crystals inside the tuff rocks were diamonds.
This military property is opened to the public to enjoy the scenic view. Allow 1.5 to 2 hours for this hike. Bring a bottle of water, wear hiking boots or appropriate footwear, and do the hike either very early or in the late afternoon, especially on an overcast day, as it gets hot and there's no shade to rest along the trail.
Use the restroom at the comfort station at the trailhead before you start your ascent, as that's the only one available.
From the comfort station there is a paved trail, an uneven dirt trail, a landing (concrete lookout for a rest stop; I advise that you take a rest), a concrete stairway with 74 steps, a narrow 225-foot-long tunnel, another stairway with 99 steps, a tunnel leading to the lowest level of the Fire Control Station of Ft. DeRussy, a spiral staircase ascending four levels of the Fire Control Station, and an exit through to the exterior. Ascend a metal stairway to reach the upper most level of the Fire Control Station and Observation Station.
Entrance fee is $1 for trail maintenance. Keep track of the time, as the Tunnel Gate locks up at 6pm. Do not do this if your health isn't reasonably good or you're out of shape.
Daily 6am-6pm, Bus nos. 22 or 58
From journal HNL
December 4, 2005
When we first arrived in Hawaii, we thought that Diamond Head was a mountain. But, after arriving to hike we realized it was actually a crater. We began the hike and were just trekking along for the first half, and then our calves started burning!! (We are not normal hikers.) We slowed down our pace and started admiring the scenery on the way up the crater. The hike itself has wonderful views.
There was a lookout point pretty close to the top that was amazing. I could have stopped there and thought I saw a magnificent view, but we kept going. When we stepped out on the top, I was so amazed. Even though we saw the postcards of what it looked like from the top, I couldn't fathom the true beauty. We stood up there for nearly an hour, just admiring the wonderful view. A picture does not do the view justice, and you can not appreciate it without seeing it for yourself.
From journal Hawaiian Honeymoon to Waikiki
September 15, 2005
From journal Fun in Oahu
July 24, 2005
From journal Winter Break in Hawaii
April 26, 2005
The trail is paved but steep in places and should be considered carefully for those with health conditions. There is no shade other than in the tunnels (and please don't stop there, because there isn't room for people to stand around), so plan an early morning or late afternoon ascent and bring plenty of water. Bathrooms are located at the trailhead only, so be sure to take care of your business ahead of time. The view, however, is breathtaking. Open 6am to 6pm daily. There is $1 entrance fee per person for trail maintenance
From journal The Spirit of Aloha
April 6, 2005
You can see Diamond Head looking south on Waikiki Beach. It looks impressive there, and the views are even better on top. If you've got time, it’s definitely worth going to, as it's a short trip from Waikiki itself by bus or on a rented moped (if you're adventurous).
From journal 6 days in Oahu
January 28, 2005
Bring plenty of water--I can't stress that enough. The temperature here is hotter than at the beach. The path is a dirt trail that is a series of switchbacks up the side of the mountain. At the halfway point, there is a concrete landing with some photo opportunites. It is here that you are fooled into thinking you have almost made it to the top. Then you encounter a steep staircase (74 steps), which leads into a 225-foot-long tunnel. Guess what--a second staircase with 99 steps is now facing you! You have almost made it! You will encounter a spiral staircase, and then you will have made it. You can get a certificate that shows you made it to the top! Gee, did I mention that you have to climb out what I remember to be a hole to actually see the view? Now you have the option to climb one more set of steps to get to the very top observation area. Yes, the views are incredible!
Link to the offical site to download a brochure:
From journal Honolulu 20 years later!
October 2, 2004
From journal Down Memory Lane
Los Angeles, California
September 24, 2004
Okay, now let's get to the skinny.
Diamondhead is a big hill of dirt.
Yeah, yeah, it's a big sunken-in volcanic crater. But, honestly, it feels like you're hiking in L.A. There's almost nothing green on the hike - you're exposed to the sun almost the whole way. And you have to fight every tourist, their wife, and five kids to get to the top. And, once you're there to see the panoramic views of Waikiki and the southeast of Oahu, you're there alone with your thoughts and 100 other people snapping pictures, fighting for vantage points, and trying to keep their kids from jumping down.
If you give in to your inner tour guide and decide to do this hike, make sure you do it early in the morning when the crowds are thin and the sun is low. If you're the first one there and you race up to the top, then I would imagine the view all to yourself could be a highlight of the trip. But save yourself the disappointment, and take one of the million other gorgeous and less-crowded hikes on Oahu.
From journal Trying Not to Be Such a Tourist in Honolulu