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Diamond Head

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\u2019s 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\u2019ahi (brow of the tuna), Diamond Head is an extinct volcanic crater, a \u201Ctuff cone.\u201D 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\u2019s 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\u2019s 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\u2019s 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\u2019 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\u20132 hours for the hike.


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'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach $233
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach

'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach

2490 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu
     
    3.8
    of 5, from 6,442 reviews
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    'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach is across the street from Waikiki Beach. Nearby attractions include Honolulu Zoo and Waikiki Aquarium, just 3 blocks away, and the Hawaii Convention Center is within 2 miles.

    Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel $155
    Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel

    Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel

    2570 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu
       
      3.9
      of 5, from 7,077 reviews
      3.5 out of 5.0

      Located across the street from Waikiki Beach and 2 blocks from the Honolulu Zoo, this Aston hotel is on Waikiki's main thoroughfare, with easy access to shops, restaurants, and attractions.

      Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa $188
      Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

      Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

      2552 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu
         
        4.2
        of 5, from 5,699 reviews
        4.0 out of 5.0

        With shops and boutiques occupying the ground floor, this twin-tower resort hotel is across from Waikiki Beach, a half-mile from Diamond Head and within 3 blocks of the Honolulu Zoo and Waikiki Aquarium.

        New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel $143
        New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel

        New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel

        2863 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu
           
          4.0
          of 5, from 1,324 reviews
          3.5 out of 5.0

          This family-style resort is located a 15-minute walk along an oceanfront esplanade from Waikiki, across from Kapiolani Park and close to Diamond Head, and about 5 miles from downtown Honolulu.

          Queen Kapiolani Hotel $92
          Queen Kapiolani Hotel

          Queen Kapiolani Hotel

          150 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu
             
            3.5
            of 5, from 4,753 reviews
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            Overlooking Kapiolani Park and Diamond Head, across from Honolulu Zoo, this 19-story Honolulu hotel is located less than a block away from Waikiki Beach.

            Trump International Hotel Waikiki $363
            Trump International Hotel Waikiki

            Trump International Hotel Waikiki

            223 Saratoga Road, Honolulu
               
              4.7
              of 5, from 3,057 reviews
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              Offering the world-class Trump lifestyle, this contemporary Honolulu hotel is just 1 block from the white sands of Waikiki Beach and the designer shops of Luxury Row. Diamond Head is 2 miles away.

              Le`ahi Estate by RedAwning $1,595
              Le`ahi Estate by RedAwning

              Le`ahi Estate by RedAwning

              311 22nd Ave, Honolulu
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0

                This vacation home is located in Honolulu (Kahala), close to Diamond Head, Waikiki Aquarium, and Honolulu Zoo. Also nearby are Kapiolani Community College and Kahala Mall.

                Hilton Waikiki Beach $170
                Hilton Waikiki Beach

                Hilton Waikiki Beach

                2500 Kuhio Ave, Honolulu
                   
                  4.3
                  of 5, from 3,616 reviews
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                  Just a block from the sand, surrounded by fine dining and boutique shopping, is the Hilton Waikiki Beach. It’s 4 miles (6.4 km) from downtown Honolulu, and a 20-minute cab ride from the airport. It’s a 30-minute bus ride to the memorials of Pearl Harbor, and 7 minutes to the base of Diamond Head.