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Diamond Head

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Diamond Head showing a sunset, a coastal town and landscape views

Make the short climb to the rim of this extinct volcanic crater for spectacular views of Honolulu, the Pacific Ocean and the rugged ranges of Oahu’s interior.

The curving green slopes of Diamond Head dominate the Honolulu skyline, a stunning backdrop that has become an iconic Hawaiian scene. Hike the 0.75-mile (1.1-kilometer) trail to the top, or simply enjoy a picnic at its base.

Known by locals as Le’ahi (brow of the tuna), Diamond Head is an extinct volcanic crater, a “tuff cone.” The circular mountain formation was shaped around 150,000 years ago by a short, intense eruption. With its rim at 760 feet (228 meters) above sea level, it’s the perfect height to be both a relatively easy climb and an excellent lookout point. Enjoy exceptional views of the now overgrown crater, Oahu island and Honolulu’s coastline.

Follow the handrails and the informative signs all the way to the top. A walk along an unpaved path and over lava leads to some tunnels and staircases and, finally, the observation platform. Cool off in the sea breeze and take in some of the best views in Hawaii, with Waikiki Beach and Kapiolani Park directly below you and the Pacific Ocean stretching to the horizon. Take pictures of the lighthouse, or, if you are there in winter, of the breaching humpback whales that often migrate past this point.

The 475-acre (192-hectare) Diamond Head State Monument area at the mountain’s base has picnic tables and benches, where you can enjoy your packed lunch. Alternatively, try one of the many eateries along Monsarrat Avenue, just opposite the entrance. Visit on Saturday mornings for the local farmers’ market and buy fresh, local produce or tasty snacks.

The Diamond Head trail starts just beyond the entrance to the Diamond Head State Monument, on the coast east of Waikiki. You can get to the park on foot, by bus or car, and it opens from early morning to late afternoon. There is only a small charge for entering. The climb is steep and over an unpaved path, so wear good walking shoes. Also bring water, a torch for the tunnels and sun protection. Allow 1–2 hours for the hike.

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Sheraton Waikiki
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4 out of 5
2255 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is $244 per night from Aug 10 to Aug 10
This family-friendly Honolulu hotel is located by the ocean, steps from Royal-Moana Beach, Waikiki Beach, and Royal Hawaiian Center. International Market Place ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,196 reviews)
"Great location! Staff was friendly and did a good job. Ocean View room was really nice. The only complaint we had was that it was so busy everywhere and not just at the hotel. People everywhere. Long lines at the best places. Still a great stay. Will come back."

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2021

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'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
5 out of 5
2490 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $360 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 16
Offering direct access to the beach, this Waikiki resort is in the entertainment district, steps from Kuhio Beach Park and Duke Kahanamoku Statue. International ...
4.2/5Very Good! (2,370 reviews)
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Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2005 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $322 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 16
Nestled on the beach, this Waikiki resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Waikiki Beach, Honolulu Zoo, and Ala Moana Center. Diamond Head and Na Ala Hele Manoa Falls ...
4/5Very Good! (5,519 reviews)
"Close to the beaches"

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Reviews of Diamond Head

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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Feb 22, 2020

Super crowded the day we went, we did not heed the advice of the travel book that said to go early. Walking in is an option, IMHO, Hawaii needs to get rid of cars going in, establish a parking area and shuttle everyone in in electric shuttles...

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 17, 2020

I hiked up Diamond Head and enjoyed it so much, definitely a highlight of my trip! It was a quick and inexpensive Uber trip from the Rainbow Tower.

2/5 - Disappointing

RoseI

Feb 15, 2020

Couldn't get into parking lot at 9:30am because it was already full. Told to try again in the afternoon. Get up early to make this hike.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 31, 2020

Great hike to the top. Bring plenty of water for the hike (and them some more). Views from the top were incredible.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 16, 2020

Take the City Bus to the stop at the bottom of Diamond Head park and hike to the entrance for an extra work-out.... or pick up an Uber/Lyft from the Zoo to the entrance for under $10. Bring a water bottle and wear good shoes. There are a LOT of stairs and it's a good 2 mile hike uphill, so those with mobility issues should be aware.

5/5 - Excellent

Chen

Nov 14, 2019

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Ala Moana Hotel
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4 out of 5
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The price is $322 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 16
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