One of the first natural landmarks you see as you arrive in Honolulu, Diamond Head State Monument offers several vantage points with views of the entire island. Formed by volcanic eruptions more than 150,000 years ago, this tuff cone covers 141 hectares (350 acres). A well-beaten path leads partway to the top. Lengthy metal and concrete staircases make it easier to traverse the steepest sections, and the very narrow tunnels are illuminated. Climb to the summit if you feel fit, or enjoy the views from the lookouts along the way. Wear comfortable hiking shoes, and bring plenty of water and a snack. Add Diamond Head State Monument and other attractions to your Honolulu trip itinerary using our Honolulu trip planner.
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Diamond Head State Monument reviews
The walk up Diamond Head Crater started out pretty easy, and quickly got steep and narrow. Still enough room for two people to pass in most places, but not comfortable for side by side walking. We... more »
It opens daily at 6AM so get there early. Once inside the crater, there are not a lot of shade spots. There is, thankfully, some refreshment stands just outside the ticket area. more »
This is a fairly easy hike depending on your level of fitness. It is quite busy and sometimes you are stuck going at the pace of the group in front of you. Just relax and enjoy the scenery 👍 Go early in the morning for a great sunrise view. There is a entrance fee of $1 per person.
Nice place. Very limited parking.
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