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Diamond Head State Monument

Diamond Head Road and 18th Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96816
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  • Diamond Head State Monument
    Bill
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    5 Jun 26, 2013

    Visitors to Hawaii can't miss out on seeing one, if not THE, icon representing the island and the state. Even if not a tourist, locals can enjoy the nice hike up the summit for exercise. The results of the hike are the fabulous views of Waikiki and surrounding areas you can't find duplicated elsewhere. Since this is quite an attraction, expect a lot of people at times, making the trail and stairs and the summit lookout crowded. A couple years ago an alternative route was built that circumvents the final steep stair climb, spiral staircase climb, and pulling yourself thru a narrow gap in the cement bunker, making the hike a lot easier. Also lights are in the tunnel, so no flashlights are needed anymore. Just bring lots of water as it can get hot.
    -- Parking is just beyond the admission gate and I believe the entrance fee is $5; if you walk instead of drive into the Park the fee is $1.

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    Amelia A
    5 Jun 11, 2013

    I love to walk up to the top of Diamond Head for exercise. Get there right at 6 am when the gate opens. Lots of tourists, but worth it. The best views of the island and Waikiki. Skip it on weekends when it it too crowded. If you go later in the day it is less crowded, but HOT walking. I usually leave a parking pass at the house, so you don't have to pay. Otherwise it is 5$ per car or $1 per person if you walk in.

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    alicia
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    4 Jun 04, 2013

    Go early in the morning! The park opens at 6, get there around 6:30 to avoid the mass of tourists, and to avoid the heat of the day. Wear sunscreen, good shoes, and bring a bottle of water. The stairs can be brutal, but the view is totally worth it!

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    lynda takara
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    5 Jun 02, 2013

    What a way to start an early morning run around Ala Moana Regional Park. So lucky to be living in Hawaii!

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    Paulette T
    5 May 29, 2013

    View Waikiki from a entirely different perspective from the summit of Diamond Head. Wear walking shoes and travel light. Good cardio workout. Parking is limited so go early.

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    Ashley Gardiner
    4 May 24, 2013

    Diamond head is a great hike in Honolulu. It is cheap to get there from Waikiki with The Bus and to get into the park itself is also very cheap. The hike isn't a real hike like you are going through the jungle as most of it is concrete beneath you but it is a good hike that will get you sweating on a hot day. The view up top is also very awesome and it is fun if you can see your hotel below. Bring water and if you are lucky there is a shaved ice truck at the bottom.

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    Steve High, Property Manager
    5 May 10, 2013

    Drive up to the Crater or hike from Waikiki for the young and fit. Breath taking views of Oahu. Interesting historical significance.

    Recommended for:History Buffs
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    Donna E
    5 May 06, 2013

    Hawaii's most famous landmark. Daily 6 AM to 6 PM. Wear good walking shoes, bring water and sunscreen.

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    Catharine Corder
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    5 Apr 27, 2013

    We climbed this with a bunch of tiny grandmothers wearing heals and hose (I kid you not). It's not strenuous, but it's not a stroll. The view is worth it.

    Recommended for:Family Travelers
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    John Ewalt
    4 Apr 17, 2013

    There is a large open area around the ticket booth inside. If one purchases a year-round pass, one can get somewhat early access to the monument and the trail (maybe 20 minutes), which can be nice for avoiding the very early morning crowds.

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  • Diamond Head State MonumentPro 2014
    Ericayvette
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    5 Mar 29, 2013

    The hike it totally worth the view! The hike is about 1.5 miles up and a pretty easy. Definitely a place to go in Oahu.

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    4 Feb 16, 2013

    Great views of Honolulu, go early though to avoid the tour bus arowds, and beating sun. Big, well maintained trail, with a notable elevation gain to the top.

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    Ian Wang
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    4 Jan 03, 2013

    Unfortunately this place closed a bit early before we can go in and do the hike, however the view from just outside the crater towards Honolulu is breathtaking. Get there early, do some hiking, and admire a small part of what Hawaii has to offer

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    Lorna
    5 Nov 18, 2012

    You can hike this to the top. The view up there is phenomenal. City view, Ocean view and all the way to the other side of the mountains.

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    Aprile Rueppel Mazey
    5 Oct 18, 2012

    The short trek is well worth the view. Another thing to do once they open as the parking lot fills up quick with tour buses and other visitors. It doesn't take that long at all to hike up to the top but be sure to bring some water.

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    JW
    4 Oct 08, 2012

    If you are in Waikiki, diamond head is a great place to go for a hike and take in some great views. You can drive in, go early as the parking lot fills up. You may also walk from Waikiki, or park at the community college parking lot and walk from there, an extra half mile. Bring water, its a hot hike with little shade. $5 to park or $1 to walk in.

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    Candace L
    5 Oct 04, 2012

    Awesome hike - maybe because we are from CA so it's just so much more fun to be Hawaii :) did this hike with my 10 year old and we were at the top in 15min. Most people are going fairly slow but we are use to hiking so this was easy breezy and the views from the top are jaw dropping gorgeous!!! It's a mild incline then there is a steep set of stairs to finish you off and a little bit of crawling around and under areas to get up to the top. We loved it! If I were a local, this would be a daily hike for us. You must experience it and if you are into hiking and on vaca this is the perfect way to start the day. We parked in the parking lot because we had a rental car the day we came to Diamond Head. I highly doubt you'll be disappointed :) Enjoy!

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    Teo Nguyen
    4 Sep 29, 2012

    A quick easy hike to see best views of Waikiki. $5 per car or walk in for $1. Go early because it gets hot. Don't forget you camera. And please try not to push grandmas out of the way. They're doing their best.

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    Heather Chun
    5 Sep 19, 2012

    Hiking Diamond Head is a special trip. It's a medium hike, starting off easy on a cement walkway, then gets trickier with the varying terrain, narrow flights of stairs, and a claustrophobic squeeze to maneuver through tight areas. The view of Honolulu at the top is worth all the sweat effort getting there.

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    Belinda Ma
    5 Sep 17, 2012

    My favorite easy hike and the best views of Waikiki. Bring some water and snacks or even a plate lunch picnic on an easy 45 minute hike to the top of an extinct volcano crater summit. Don't forget your camera for capturing some spectacular views. There are a couple of flights of very steep stairs at the top of the hike, so bring comfortable shoes and make sure to wear your sunscreen.

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4.5 out of 5
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3,862 people visited Diamond Head State Monument

Description

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 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. ... read more
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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