Diamond Head State Monument

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Diamond Head State Monument
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Price & Hours

$1 per person; $5 per car
6 a.m.-6 p.m. daily

Details

Hiking, Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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  • 4.5Atmosphere

Hawaiians call it Le'ahi, geologists call it a tuff cone (consolidated volcanic ash), 19th-century British sailors called it Diamond Head. Whatever you call it, this unique crater was created 300,000 years ago during a single volcanic eruption that spewed ash into the air. That ash settled over thousands of years, and today, Diamond Head State Monument's ridgeline is one of the most recognizable features of Oahu's skyline, not to mention home to one of the island's most scenic hiking trails.

Though the 760-foot hike up this tuff cone is somewhat taxing if you're out of shape, travelers say you'll be rewarded with a surreal view of Waikiki Beach and the Pacific Ocean once you reach the summit. But keep in mind that this natural wonder is one of Honolulu's most popular attractions, so consider arriving early to avoid the crowds and beat the heat. Also, remember to bring plenty of water, since no water fountains are available on the trail.

On the crater floor of Diamond Head (by the trailhead), you will find restrooms, vending machines and an interactive kiosk with merchandise and monument information. You can also purchase a self-guided audio tour (available on the Pacific Historic Parks website) for $4.

The crater is located about halfway between Waikiki Beach and Shangri La in the Kahala neighborhood of Honolulu. It is accessible via Waikiki Trolley's Green Line and multiple bus routes. Or, you can drive and park in the on-site lot for $5 per vehicle. Pedestrians are charged a $1 per person entry fee. Only cash is accepted for admissions. The park is open every day from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.; last entrance is at 4:30 p.m. Visit the State of Hawaii's Department of Land and Natural Resources website to learn more.

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