One of the first natural landmarks you see as you arrive in Honolulu, Diamond Head State Monument offers several vantage points with views of the entire island. Formed by volcanic eruptions more than 150,000 years ago, this tuff cone covers 141 hectares (350 acres). A well-beaten path leads partway to the top. Lengthy metal and concrete staircases make it easier to traverse the steepest sections, and the very narrow tunnels are illuminated. Climb to the summit if you feel fit, or enjoy the views from the lookouts along the way. Wear comfortable hiking shoes, and bring plenty of water and a snack. Add Diamond Head State Monument and other attractions to your Honolulu trip itinerary using our Honolulu trip planner.
Diamond Head State Monument reviews
This was my favorite hike of the trip. The views are absolutely stunning. We went pretty early, at 7am, but encountered some crowds, so just be aware of crowds make you uncomfortable during these... more »
What a view. If you’re not a hiker, give yourself a lot of time to pace yourself. Wear comfortable shoes because of the uneven surfaces and incline on the ascend 70% of the hike. It will be worth.... more »
This is a fairly easy hike depending on your level of fitness. It is quite busy and sometimes you are stuck going at the pace of the group in front of you. Just relax and enjoy the scenery 👍 Go early in the morning for a great sunrise view. There is a entrance fee of $1 per person.
Nice place. Very limited parking.
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