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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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Lodging Near Diamond Head

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Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel $159
Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel

Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel

2570 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu
     
    3.9
    of 5, from 7,022 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.

    New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel $136
    New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel

    New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel

    2863 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu
       
      4.0
      of 5, from 1,313 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.

      Trump International Hotel Waikiki $319
      Trump International Hotel Waikiki

      Trump International Hotel Waikiki

      223 Saratoga Road, Honolulu
         
        4.7
        of 5, from 3,032 reviews
        5.0 out of 5.0

        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.

        Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa $179
        Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

        Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

        2552 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu
           
          4.2
          of 5, from 5,675 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.

          Queen Kapiolani Hotel $105
          Queen Kapiolani Hotel

          Queen Kapiolani Hotel

          150 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu
             
            3.5
            of 5, from 4,669 reviews
            3.0 out of 5.0

            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.

            Le`ahi Estate by RedAwning
            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.

              Hotel Renew $146
              Hotel Renew

              Hotel Renew

              129 Paoakalani Ave, Honolulu
                 
                4.3
                of 5, from 1,350 reviews
                3.0 out of 5.0

                This 9-story boutique hotel is located a half-block from Waikiki Beach, Kapiolani Park, and the Honolulu Zoo.

                Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach $222
                Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach

                Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach

                2490 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu
                   
                  3.8
                  of 5, from 6,390 reviews
                  5.0 out of 5.0

                  The 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.