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.
Diamond Head State Monument reviews
Not an easy climb but if you are not in great shape you can take it slow. Many view spots along the way. Go early before it gets hot. We arrived around 9:30 am. Not as humid. Views at the top were... more »
Easy day hike from downtown Honolulu, very well marked/paved and excellent photo opportunities. We walked from downtown Honolulu (stayed at The Laylow) and this added a couple of miles to our hike. 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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