Honolulu and Oahu Sights

Diamond Head State Monument and Park

  • Diamond Head Rd. at 18th Ave. Map It
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  • Geological Site
  • Diamond Head State Monument and Park, Diamond Head, Honolulu, Honolulu and Oahu, Hawaii, USA.

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Published 09/02/2015

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Panoramas from this 760-foot extinct volcanic peak, once used as a military fortification, extend from Waikiki and Honolulu in one direction and out to Koko Head in the other, with surfers and windsurfers scattered like confetti on the cresting waves below. This 360-degree perspective is a great orientation for first-time visitors. On a clear day, look east past Koko Head to glimpse the outlines of the islands of Maui and Molokai.

To enter the park from Waikiki, take Kalakaua Avenue east, turn left at Monsarrat Avenue, head a mile up the hill, and look for a sign on the right. Drive through the tunnel to the inside of the crater. The ¾-mile trail to the top begins at the parking lot. Be aware that the hike to the crater is an upward ascent with numerous stairs to climb; if you aren't in the habit of getting occasional exercise, this might not be for you. At the top, you'll find a somewhat awkward scramble through a tunnel and bunker out into the open air, but the view is worth


Take bottled water with you to stay hydrated under the tropical sun. To beat the heat and the crowds, rise early and make the hike before 8 am. As you walk, note the color of the vegetation; if the mountain is brown, Honolulu has been without significant rain for a while; but if the trees and undergrowth glow green, you'll know it's the wet season (winter) without looking at a calendar. This is when rare Hawaiian marsh plants revive on the floor of the crater. Keep an eye on your watch if you're here at day's end: the gates close promptly at 6.

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Diamond Head Rd. at 18th Ave., Honolulu, Hawaii, 96815, United States

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Sight Details:

  • $1 per person, $5 per vehicle
  • Daily 6–6; last trail entry at 4:30

Published 09/02/2015


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