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Diamond Head State Monument, Honolulu

Diamond Head State Monument - Honolulu, Hawaii
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Diamond Head State Monument
Entrance at Diamond Head Road and 18th Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96816Map
+1 808 587 0300
Neighborhood: Waikiki
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Few photos of Waikiki Beach don’t feature the silhouette of Diamond Head crater looming in the background. Officially called the Diamond Head State Monument, this state park has a .8-mile long trail that is mostly paved, with a series of switchbacks, a lighted tunnel, and two stair sections—one that has 99 steps and the other, 76. Hiking Diamond Head is one of the best things to do in Honolulu for exercise on vacation - and you'll forget all of the exercising once you see the breathtaking views you'll get at the top. A word to the wise—the inside of the crater is hot and dry with little vegetation, and these conditions can make it a challenging climb for accidental hikers. A bottle of cold water, a hat, and sunscreen will go a long way in making the trek to the 760-foot summit a more enjoyable experience. The reward is a spectacular aerial view of the azure waters offshore and the Waikiki coastline—one that makes the huff-and-puff well worth it. Be sure to arrive before 4:30PM if you plan to make the ascent (the gates to the park are locked at 6:00PM).

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By April M. Williams | Posted 04/03/11
  The trip up Diamond Head is an experience for all Honolulu visitors to check out. For another perspective of Diamond Head, take a hike around the base of the volcano. The sights along the coast are spectacular. There are several secret gardens and a lighthouse you will see on your way. Check out the route around Diamond Head and vistas here http://aprilmwilliams.com/fatpd...   Read More
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By April M. Williams | Posted 04/03/11
  The trip up Diamond Head is an experience for all Honolulu visitors to check out. For another perspective of Diamond Head, take a hike around the base of the volcano. The sights along the coast are spectacular. There are several secret gardens and a lighthouse you will see on your way. Check out the route around Diamond Head and vistas here http://aprilmwilliams.com/fatpd...   Read More
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By Roland | Posted 09/26/10
  This is a dried up old volcano in every sense. The vegetation that covers this entire little mountain is dried up old thorny junk that Hawaiians would NEVER be caught hanging out in. They'll leave that to tourists... deet dittie......   Read More
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By ssimx5 | Posted 08/23/10
  You probably don't think about hiking when you come to Hawai'i for a vacation. However, the views at the top of the 99 step trail are spectacular and one that you won't find anywhere else on the island. Depending on your fitness level, it can either be a nice leisurely stroll or a hike from hell so be prepared. It's well worth the trip and you'll definitely work up a big appetite which you can satisfy with a delicious plate lunch....   Read More
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Diamond Head State Monument General Information
  • Open Hours: Monday to Sunday from 06:00 AM to 06:00 PM
  • Type: Photo Spots / Photography, Attractions & Landmarks, Sports and the Outdoors
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