Minnesota Farmer

Diamond Head
March 30, 2010, 7:40 pm
Filed under: Hawaii, travel

at Diamond Head

Diamond head towers over Honolulu.  It’s hard to miss.  Because of that many directions on Oahu are given as toward or away from Diamond head.

We started our hike up Diamond Head in what we thought was early in the morning, but the parking lot only had a few spaces left.  The path was already full of people.

Hiking to Diamond Head

The path starts out easy, and steadily gets more difficult.  This a fairly easy hike, but not for anyone who is not in decent shape.  Most of the hike is on a switch back trail, just wide enough to allow two people to pass.  As you near the top you start up a long stairway, then a tunnel, then a spiral staircase.  This takes you to the observation room used by the spotters in charge of cannon protecting Pearl Harbor.  Your next step is to crawl through the spotters view port.

Crawl space

Around the corner, and up a few more feet and you are on the upper observation deck.  A very crowded and not very big observation area.  The view is wonderful.

Honolulu from Diamond Head

The view down on the ocean was great.  I spent some time checking out a scuba diver fishing on the reef.

Looking over the reef

Toward Koko Head

The hike is long, and not that easy.  The view is great.  Have patience once you reach the top and on the trail.  The area is popular and could be crowded.  I think they control the crowd on the trail by the size of the parking lot.  The trail can be crowded, but the view is worth it.



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Michael, very well written and pictures do wonders to visually describe the DIamond Head hike. There was a time, growing up, that the hike wasn’t crowded and few tourists went. Now its more like few locals go, but its still a wonderful hike and awesome view for all! Only extra comments that I would add: go EARLY (I believe the gates open at 6 am). If you go at 6 am during the Winter months, you can even watch the sunrise from the ocean! Bring WATER and a small little flashlight w/ you. More than once, tourists have needed to be plucked from the trail by helicopter due to dehydration and/or exhaustion 😦

Comment by Tom Graham

I never understand those who do not go on a hike well hydrated from the start. Desert indians rarely carried water, but never got dehydrated. They had a policy that you drank a LOT of water when you could, because you never knew when you would get your next drink. I think our modern worlds reliance on non water sources for hydration may be part of the problem.

Comment by Michael

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