Diamond Head State Monument, Honolulu

4.7
#1 of 1,329 in Outdoors in Hawaii
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 .
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  • Thanksgiving Day probably isn't the best day to do this hike -- tons of tourists, many young and in packs, so hard to have time to appreciate the views with any kind of solitude. But interesting histo...  more »
  • My wife and I walked from Sheraton Waikiki to Diamond Head and then did the climb up to the top. Views were awesome and the hike itself was fun. Be prepared for some slow spots due to crowds! When you...  more »
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  • The hike is a lot of fun. The beginning of the trail is paved, after which it gradually becomes more rugged. Near the end of the trail there are a few sets of concrete stairs & a tunnel, immediately followed by more stairs which are metal and spiral upwards. Once you reach the top of the metal staircase you'll be inside an old military lookout spot and can then climb a small ladder. A few more sets of stairs and you'll reach the top where you can take in an unobstructed 360 degree view. Wear comfortable tennis shoes or hiking boots, be sure to bring at least one or two bottles of water, and use sunscreen. Best time for hike is during morning hours.
  • A more reasonable hike compared to others on the island. Excellent views. Only down side was the crowds at the top, it was packed and hard to move around. We parked outside the crater due to their lot being full. You can double the amount of hiking by parking outside.

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