Just a city girl who dreams of dusty trails and endless oceans.
Published May 31st 2017
A must-do hike on Oahu
The Diamond Head State Monument hike is a must for all visitors to Hawaii, young and old. Although it can get extremely busy, arriving early in the morning when it opens can avoid the majority of the crowds. The gates open at 6am, entry $5 per person arriving by car, $1 for pedestrians and you will receive a pamphlet of information as well as a parking permit. This walk combines excellent cardio, natural beauty and military history to create one of the most rewarding experiences on Oahu. To get here, take Diamond Head Road and look for the signposted turnoff next to the Leahi Millennium Peace Garden.
Towering over Waikiki, the Diamond Head summit is an extinct volcanic crater reaching 560 feet, so be aware there are plenty of stairs and some difficult trail sections; enclosed shoes are definitely recommended. It also gets very hot very quickly so do not forget your water bottle. Allow up to 2 hours for the 1.6 mile (2.5km) return hike.
The beginning of the trail starts with a concrete footpath that leads to the left of the information and gift kiosk. This soon gives way to a rough path that follows switchbacks up the mountainside. After some steep stairs you pass through a concrete tunnel, before reaching the old Fire Control Station built in 1911. Continuing from here are more stairs before you reach the summit. Enjoy the sweeping views over Waikiki, several war bunkers and the Diamond Head Lighthouse, you have earned it.
For official information on on this trail, make sure you head to the DLNR website.