Diamond Head State Monument
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- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 84%Family Travelers
- 69%Adventure Travelers
- 67%Local Culture
- 66%History Buffs
- 60%Green Travelers
- 57%Budget Travelers
Member Reviews (116)
- Diamond Head State MonumentMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Sep 13, 2013
Short, 0.8 mile hike from the trailhead to the summit lookout point. It's steep, but an easy hike. This trail is very popular with tourists and gets very crowded at a few bottleneck prone areas: the stairwell, tunnel and at Fire Control Station portions of the trail. I recommend hiking up early morning if you can to avoid the crowds. Once at the top, the views are beautiful. You can see a cool lighthouse below and a long stretch of Waikiki beach. The hike is family-friendly, but no pets allowed except for service animals. Parking is $5.00 per car or $1.00 per person for pedestrians. Parking can get scarce. Again, arrive early and beat the crowds and hot sun.Recommended for:Family Travelers
- Diamond Head State MonumentCommunity ManagerMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesBackpackers+ 4Aug 09, 2013
This is a great spot to see all of Honolulu from its most famous natural landmark. The hike isn't difficult, but a flashlight is highly recommended for the tunnels.
- Diamond Head State MonumentMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 5Jul 30, 2013
If you hate the Stairmaster, you'll surely hate the hike up, but as the old adage goes, "No Pain, No Gain!" Make sure you wear sneakers and bring a bottle of water with you, and try to do the hike early in the morning to avoid heat stroke. The hike is fairly easy and can be done roundtrip within an hour at a medium pace. Once you make it through a 225-ft unlit tunnel and two sets of steep stairs over a course of 0.8mi, you'll be rewarded with a breathtaking view of Waikiki.
- Diamond Head State MonumentMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 3Jun 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 $1.
- Diamond Head State MonumentJun 11, 2013
I love to walk up to the top of Diamond Head for exercise. Get there right at 6 am when the gate opens. Lots of tourists, but worth it. The best views of the island and Waikiki. Skip it on weekends when it it too crowded. If you go later in the day it is less crowded, but HOT walking. I usually leave a parking pass at the house, so you don't have to pay. Otherwise it is 5$ per car or $1 per person if you walk in.
- Diamond Head State MonumentJun 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!
- Diamond Head State MonumentMay 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.