Skip to main content

Hiking Diamond Head Trail


The salty air from the coast made our hike off the beach toward Diamond Head that much better. We walked pass the Honolulu Zoo filled with flamingos, past shops selling shaved ice, fish tacos, sushi, and sno cones to the trail head.

Inside a cramped, damp tunnel an old man jogged past us with his bandanna on his run to the summit. Made me look weak. We stopped to take pictures of the birds, then began our hike up the crater.

History

Diamond Head received its name when British Sailors mistakenly believed diamonds resided deep in the crater. (1) Even though not a single diamond was found, the name stands to this day. Anciently, Native Hawaiian’s called the landmark Leahi, or brow and tuna. If you look closely from a distance the ridge resembles the outline of a tuna’s fin. (2)

The crater came into existence over 300,000 years ago due to a volcanic eruption. The crater’s diameter at over 3,500 ft. could be one of the reasons some call it “the world’s most recognized volcanic crater”. (3)

The trail up to the summit was built in 1908 as part of Oahu’s coastal defense system. Bunkers positioned at the top (still visible today) and at various parts around the rim helped direct artillery attacks during times of war. Vegetation and birds not native to the island arrived in the early 1900’s. The 225-foot-tunnel was built in 1911 to give easy access to the fire control station (4).


Directions to Trail: The trail head sits 3 miles east of Waikiki beach. Assuming you don’t have a vehicle, the simplest way to reach the trail head is via The Bus. For turn-by-turn directions from Google Maps click here.

Guided tours of the area are available from TripAdvisor.

The Trail

After finding the parking lot and paying the entrance fee, look for the signs that point out the trail head.


From the trail head hike .25 miles to reach the first lookout. Stop to enjoy the beautiful crater below.


Shortly after the first lookout you will reach the first set of 74 stairs.

hockomockdigital.com
Directly after the stairs comes the 225-foot-tunnel.


After exiting the tunnel, hikers have two options to reach the summit: a steep set of stairs straight ahead leading to a spiral staircase, or a gradual increase along the new metal stairs to the left.


While this hike takes some time it definitely will not take up an entire day, and the view from the top is worth the climb! I would recommend visiting early in the morning before the crowds show up. What’s your favorite hike in Hawaii?


View Larger Map

Label: Guides

Popular posts from this blog

15 Fantastic Fall Getaways

Fall is my favorite season of the year. Leaves change colors, winds bring in fresh mountain air, and children head back to school leaving the house peaceful once again. It also happens to be one of the best times for travel in general. Here are 15 US destinations for a relaxing getaway.

Creating Your First Online Course for Under $200

So you have decided to create an online course for your audience. First off let me say congratulations! This is a big step in using your product or service to generate truly interested followers. While it may not be easy, building a course for customers to learn and gain information is critical.


Before you start recording yourself you are going to need some basic materials. This post will walk you through all the hardware/software requirements necessary to create your first online course. Relax, take a deep breath, get some popcorn, and let's do this!
Hardware Requirements Do you want to know the best thing about living in a digital world is? (Besides watching hours of Netflix and Redbox movies) You most likely have all the tools you need right at your fingertips to create an online course. No sense breaking the bank on fancy equipment. Here is the list of hardware you will need, and probably already have.
PC/Laptop/Phone (with webcam)Webcam (if you don't already have one)Mic t…

How to Build a Winning Content Marketing Strategy

Do you want to know the truth about content marketing? You’re exposed to it every day and probably don’t even realize it. It’s a lot like the plague, but a plague of positivity. Companies, artists, schools, and government all use content to send messages to their audience. In the last article, we learned that you get to choose your audience by choosing your content.

But how do you choose your audience without sacrificing your message or spending way too much money?

Through targeted content marketing!

Definition of content marketing:
Content marketing is the use infographics, videos, pictures, and blogs to inform your audience about a topic and persuade them to choose your services or products without forcing it down their throats. In other words, you create great material and the buyer eventually purchases from you because of your free content. You inform, and they make the final decision.
Why do I need a content marketing strategy? You may think that content is overrated. If I’m goin…