Diamond Head Crater Hike

Diamond Head Crater Hike

This hike is likely one of the most popular hikes in O’ahu, and one my personal favorites to soak in the panoramic views of Waikiki, Waianae, and the Ko’olau Mountains.

Hiking to the summit might first appear daunting, but it really takes about 40 to 60 minutes to reach the top depending on your fitness level.

While the hike isn’t that long in terms of distance, it can be challenging due to its ascent. Parts of the trail are over uneven rock, and once you reach the 99 steps near the summit you may think your legs can’t move any further, but once you reach the summit you will be awe struck.

  • Visitors starting up the trail.
    Visitors starting up the trail.
  • Diamond Head State Monument
    Diamond Head State Monument
  • Visitors making there way up to the summit.
    Visitors making there way up to the summit.
  • Taking time to take pictures.
    Taking time to take pictures.
  • Diamond Head State Monument
    Diamond Head State Monument
  • 99 more steps up to the summit.
    99 more steps up to the summit.
  • Spiral staircase leading up to one of the bunkers.
    Spiral staircase leading up to one of the bunkers.
  • View of UH Manoa from Diamond Head Crater.
    View of UH Manoa from Diamond Head Crater.
  • One of the bunkers atop Diamond Head Crater.
    One of the bunkers atop Diamond Head Crater.
  • View or Waikiki Shell from Diamond Head Crater.
    View or Waikiki Shell from Diamond Head Crater.
  • Diamond Head State Monument
    Diamond Head State Monument
  • View of the Ocean from Diamond Head Crater.
    View of the Ocean from Diamond Head Crater.
  • View of Diamond Head Lighthouse from Diamond Head Crater.
    View of Diamond Head Lighthouse from Diamond Head Crater.
  • View from Diamond Head State Monument.
    View from Diamond Head State Monument.
  • View form Diamond Head Crater.
    View form Diamond Head Crater.
  • Visitors enjoying the panoramic views.
    Visitors enjoying the panoramic views.
  • The vies from the top are incredible!
    The vies from the top are incredible!
  • View of the Royal Hawaiian and the Sheraton Waikiki from Diamond Head Crater.
    View of the Royal Hawaiian and the Sheraton Waikiki from Diamond Head Crater.
  • View of Waikiki Beach from Diamond Head Crater.
    View of Waikiki Beach from Diamond Head Crater.
  • Trolley car making its way down from the monument entrance.
    Trolley car making its way down from the monument entrance.

History of Diamond Head

Ancient Hawaiians first named the extinct volcano Le’Ahi for its strong Ahi-Tuna-fish brow like appearance.

Its English name was given by British sailors in the 19th century, who mistook the calcite crystals as diamonds, hence the name Diamond Head.

The Diamond Head trail itself was originally built in 1908 by the US Army, and used for many decades as part of the Fort Ruger military base. Artillery cannons , cement bunkers and an observation deck were built on the summit of the Diamond Head Crater.

Today, Diamond Head has been turned into a state national park welcoming visitors from around the world.

Getting There

By car from WAIKIKI

 theBus from WAIKIKI

By  Lyft, UBER,

You can also get there by riding a Biki, Hawaii’s bike sharing program.  Check out my past blog post “8 Tips to get you started with Bikeshare Hawaii, Biki.”

Entrance Fee

$5 per car or $1 per person for pedestrians. CASH ONLY

Hours

Daily 6 am to 6 pm everyday of the year including holidays.

Last entrance to hike the trail is at 4:30 pm. The gates are locked at 6:00 pm daily, and all visitors must be out of the park by this time.

My Tips

Start this hike as soon as the gate opens as the midday sun will make this hike a very hot one.

Make sure to bring a hat, water, sun glasses, sunscreen, and appropriate shoes for hiking.

Please remember to stay on the trail, and to follow all safety signs.

Remember to soak up those amazing views!! You’re in Hawai’i just let it happen!

Mahalo!

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