Diamond Head

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by uyyek on April 26, 2005

Originally named Laeahi, meaning "brow of the tuna" (look at it from a distance and use your imagination), by the ancient Hawaiians, the peak was named Diamond Head by British sailors in the 1800s who mistook the glimmer of light off the calcite rocks to be diamonds. An extinct volcano, Diamond Head was used by the US Army to build Fort Ruger in the crater, a lookout and cannon emplacement, until it was made a national park.

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

Diamond Head State Monument
Diamond Head Road And 18th Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii, 96816


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