Diamond Head State Monument, Honolulu

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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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  • I've seen lots of reviews suggesting that it would be a good idea to start early for Diamond Head. Clearly, the reviewers have no idea how popular it is to watch sunrise at the top, and unless you are...  more »
  • We were here in 1st week of Jan 17. We did morning hike and it was so refreshing. The climb up the stairs was nothing. The day was beautiful and hence the views were beyond gorgeous. After this we wen...  more »
  • This hike is well worth the views. Please wear good walking shoes (no sandals). Much of the terrain is uneven. The walk is steep but there are rest areas if you need them. Be aware....there are over 2...  more »
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  • This is a great hike! It's about s half hour to an hour, depending on how fast you decide to climb. It is pretty steep, but they've done a good job at making the path as clear and safe as possible. Once you get to the top, the view of the island is breathtaking, and your efforts are rewarded immensely. There is also an option yo buy a certificate once you get to the top for $5, which is s donation to the upkeep of the park. Then when you get back down, you can enjoy fresh pineapple, shaved iced, and a variety of smoothie flavors! A great way to spend a day!
  • It is rated as a moderate hike and I feel that couldn't be more accurate. I don't hike often. I'm not a fat worthless turd but far from "in shape". I read to allow 1.5 to 2 hours for the hike. We were up and down in just over an hour with plenty of time for pictures. The thing that slowed us down the most was other hiking traffic. We started at 8am so we missed the sunrise but also beat the mid day heat. I would do this again next time I come just because it seemed quick and easy. We experienced almost a solid moving line to the top at a decent pace. Only passing and being passed a couple times. On the way down we felt the need to rush past others that were taking too long. You definitely need shoes, not flip flops. The view is everything you expect. To think this was built over 100 years ago awe inspiring.
  • Awesome Hike! The hike took us about 1.5hrs to complete going at a fast pace. Lots of amazing views and an incredible scenery. Not the best hike for young children or people with reduced mobility.
  • Def a hike. I thought it was going to take longer after k read some reviews but it took us about 2.5 hours to complete the whole hike. We are in our 30s and never hiked a day in our lives so we stopped a lot and it only too us 2.5 hrs. A lot of stops were also to take in the scenery. The view from top is amazing. There is 1 part with steep stairs, you can go the other way. It's the way people come down but who says you can't go up?
  • Pretty crowded in the afternoon on a Sunday. The views are great and once you get past the walking tunnel there are two ways to reach the peak - an easier path and a more direct but steep set of stairs. There was a concession bus at the base which sold fresh pineapple and coconut. Don't wear flip-flops.

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