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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. Put Diamond Head State Monument into our Honolulu trip itinerary maker and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Did this hike a couple of times during our stay. Parking fills up quickly in the morning and wear good walking/running shoes as the path is rough and steep at times. Great viewpoint of Honalulu  more »
  • Beautiful scenery along a moderate level hike up a lot of stairs. It was hot when we visited and about 4 people had to be rescued by EMS due to over heating, but would be a moderate level hike early i...  more »
  • We arrived mid mornnig & track was very busy.We made sure we had a hat & plenty of water to drink. The path was easy to follow there were some steep sections but it was not a difficult walk if you hav...  more »
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  • Nice view but not much else unless you go into Diamond Head crater for the hike to the rim of the crater. If you do that go early so it's not so hot when you walk up. Dress comfortably and wear shoes, it might be more safer. You have to pay for parking inside the crater or you can park outside for free and walk in the tunnel to the crater. WHATEVER YOU DO, DO NOT KEEP VALUABLES IN YOUR CAR. IT WILL GET STOLEN.
  • This was a really cool hike and the views are amazing! We took the bus from Waikiki to the base of the crater and walked up the paved road to the visitor center. You could take a trolly or taxi up to this spot too. It's then a hike up the trail and many stairs to get to the crater edge. We brought lunch and ate it at the top instead of rushing down. Spectacular views. Don't wear sandals, wear running shoes. I saw people in sandals and they were struggling.
  • Great Hiking opportunity with a beautiful view. Bring plenty of water, good walking-hiking shoes, a few protein bars and you'll be ready. It is an intense hike so be prepared. There us a tunnel and many many steps. The path is Rocky and uneven. Enjoyed it.
  • Very nice short hiking place. It took me about 1hr fot a single round trip. We got here around 7:30am and there was train of tourist on the trail. We heard it's better to come here way early in the morning around 5am if you like quiet environment.
  • What a beauty! Not that difficult of a hike since it's mostly paved for you, there's an alternative route to getting to the top if you want a challenge: high steep staircase that goes on forever! Amazing view at the top!