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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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  • I came with my band and choir. It was really cool especially if you love hiking. Its a lot of hiking it's all a rocky trail and it has about 5 lookouts and when you get to the top you won't regret it 
  • A medium difficulty up hill walk but well worth the effort to see magnificent views of the water. Wear comfortable shoes and take water. 
  • Children (10 and 8) were desperate do, reading the comments of j was a little afraid that my 8 year old daughter drags a bit, but not all, cool ride, 30 Minutes climb without forcing, 20 Minutes to descend and taxi to L come! Nice view of waikiki.
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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!