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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’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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Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel $179
Reviewed on May 19, 2019
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Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel

Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel

2570 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
     
    3.9 of 5
    3.5 out of 5.0

    Location is the best. Their resort fee is a joke. A one ounce plastic cup of fruit each day, grapes and pineapple frozen together. A sunbathing station with free aloe and sunscreen set up among the food stations?? Gross! They are pushing --heavily-- their $85 a day continental breakfast/lunchsnack/evening ...

    'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach $260
    Reviewed on May 19, 2019
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    'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach

    'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach

    2490 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI
       
      4.3 of 5
      5.0 out of 5.0

      The resort was in a great location right off of the beach. It had a lot of additional activities that were nice, however, there was an additional $40 per night fee that we were unaware of. However, instructors did not show up to the scheduled classes, the pool bar staff did not greet us or take our ...

      Queen Kapiolani Hotel $170
      Reviewed on May 20, 2019
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      Queen Kapiolani Hotel

      Queen Kapiolani Hotel

      150 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, HI
         
        4.3 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0

        The hotel is in a very convenient location, easy to walk to any places. Bus stops are near by. In general, we like it there.

        Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort $171
        Reviewed on May 20, 2019
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        Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

        Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

        2005 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI
           
          4.1 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0

          I didnt like the check in line as it was very long. The Ali tower is really nice to stay at as you have your own private pool.

          Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa $179
          Reviewed on May 17, 2019
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          Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa

          Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa

          2424 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
             
            4.1 of 5
            4.0 out of 5.0

            Hotel and staff very good, but there is a big problem with birds here in the dining areas. If food isn't cleared quickly birds are all over the tables. Not good to see

            Park Shore Waikiki $155
            Reviewed on May 18, 2019
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            Park Shore Waikiki

            Park Shore Waikiki

            2586 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
               
              4.1 of 5
              3.5 out of 5.0

              Great location, great restaurant. Easy walk to beach. Older hotel

              Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort $229
              Reviewed on May 17, 2019
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              Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort

              Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort

              2335 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
                 
                4.4 of 5
                4.0 out of 5.0

                excellent resort GREAT food and service beach was great HULA GRILL and DUKES resturant kick ass food and service try to get IZZY for server at HULA GRILL best server ever she was very friendly and fun she gave great recomendations on food and specials valet attendents kicked ass offered directions ...

                Waikiki Resort Hotel $154
                Reviewed on May 17, 2019
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                Waikiki Resort Hotel

                Waikiki Resort Hotel

                2460 Koa Avenue, Honolulu, HI
                   
                  3.9 of 5
                  3.5 out of 5.0

                  Location was very close to Waikiki Beach Did not like 30 dollar a day parking fee on top of 22 dollar a day resort fee...for a 3 star hotel For a 4 day stay