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Diamond Head State Monument, Honolulu

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Must see · Scenic Walking Area · Hiking Trail
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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  • The hike itself was easy and the experience was outstanding. The view from the top was well worth the climb!  more »
  • We hiked Diamond Head in the afternoon and had no problems with parking or crowds like others have reported. It was very hot with only limited shade, so that was our downside. The hike isn't long...  more »
  • what a fun day . . . hiking and congratulating ourselves on our achievement . . . and the view and the understanding of the importance of Diamond head is soooooo worth it !!!!!  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.
  • Go early - a lot of visitors come to this attraction so it can be very busy as the day goes on! We went mid morning and the path was pretty busy going up and going down, but it was still a very enjoyable hike! It was beautiful at the top and the 360 view was AMAZING! There is a steep stair portion, but also a longer flatter route to the top which is great for all hikers! Tasty treats at the bottom when you finish! Bring water and sun screen and solid walking shoes! We enjoyed the top for about 30 minutes, so I would factor at least 2 hours for the hike from start to finish!
  • I loved this place. I had a small bite to eat before going for the hike and rewarded myself with a pineapple smoothie after i left. the soft serve at the place was great. the views were awesome. i don't recommend bringing very small children (or infants in that case) on the hike as there are some steep steps. Great experience overall
  • Great photo opportunity. The park is currently closed but you can still walk up the trail and take pictures.

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