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Diamond Head State Monument, Honolulu

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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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  • While the walk up is certainly a solid one … the views are nothing short of spectacular! There is a small tunnel section, but for those like me who don’t like the idea of tunnels, you can always see.....  more
    While the walk up is certainly a solid one … the views are nothing short of spectacular! There is a small tunnel section, but for those like me who don’t like the idea of tunnels, you can always see.....  more »
  • Stairs stairs stairs. Also get an early reservation to see the sunrise, but most importantly so the sun doesn’t cook you. Parking outside the tunnel is an option, then walk in. Paid, but also... 
    Stairs stairs stairs. Also get an early reservation to see the sunrise, but most importantly so the sun doesn’t cook you. Parking outside the tunnel is an option, then walk in. Paid, but also...  more »
  • It was a cool experience, with beautiful views. It was a little more challenging than I initially expected, but in hindsight it wasn’t so much the hike that was difficult, but rather the heat and... 
    It was a cool experience, with beautiful views. It was a little more challenging than I initially expected, but in hindsight it wasn’t so much the hike that was difficult, but rather the heat and...  more »
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  • Good hike. Lots of people no social distancing at all. Pillbox gets very packed with people fighting for pic opportunities. But the view is indeed incredible. Tips: (1) we took bus from Waikiki and it’s worth it given how expensive rental cars are these days. (2) The infamous pineapple smoothie - $12 - is kinda a ripoff but lots of people get it... (3) Shaved ice is good $4 is not crazy and it cools you down. (4) morning time seems to be most crowded. When we got down around 12pm, the number of people going up is significantly smaller. I’d imagine it should be less crowded in later PM. But morning time is definitely crowded. I saw some cars having to wait for parking spots... (visited June 8, 2021).
  • really liked this hike. it was challenging but most people can complete. got to the top, spectacular views. until i got to the top i had no idea i was hiking up from the bottom of s crater (i did no research on this place, was close to the resort so we went 🤷). i definitely recommend. took us 80 minutes round trip with picture taking at the top. would love to do again!
  • Trail starts smooth but gets bumpy along the way. Walking stick or sticks is helpful, especially for me. Just makes hiking easier. Moderate grades, no restrooms or trash cans along the way Just at bottom by trail head. Beautiful scenery and historical significance. Definitely would recommend. Then after get a Dole pineapple smoothie! Delicious!! Have fun!
  • This was a quick, easy hike for us that provided great views of the island. We went earlier in the morning to avoid big crowds, and this worked out great for us. Sometimes, we had to slow down our pace, but this wasn't a deal breaker. If you're looking for a family-friendly hike that isn't too terribly long, then this will be a good option.
  • Be mindful of list hike starting at 4pm. I was almost late but the rangers are very friendly and will help put if you are rushing to get up a minute or two after. Enjoy some tasty dole whip at the end! The views are amazing. The hike is relatively fast and easy but is still a good workout as the ascent is constant.

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