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Diamond Head Volcano is Honolulu’s Landmark of Hawaii

Diamond Head is Honolulu’s landmark of Hawaii, and possibly Hawaii’s most recognizable image. It dominates southern Oahu and looms over the seashores of Waikiki.

Diamond Head could be simply one other extinct volcano, however it’s additionally the most effective place to orient see the breathtaking panorama of Oahu’s southern reaches. From the highest of Diamond Head all of Honolulu and past is laid out for you. The coast, the seashores, the opposite landmarks, like Pearl Harbor and downtown, the neighborhoods, valleys and ridges. And as a result of it is so near Waikiki’s resorts, it is a very talked-about mountaineering exercise. The hike up is lower than a mile and takes lower than two hours.

It’s all a part of Diamond Head State Park and it is simple to get to. Just take TheBus (#fifty eight) from Waikiki or drive down Kalakaua Avenue to Monsarrat, by the Honolulu Zoo. This turns into Diamond Head Road. Tell the bus driver you’d prefer to get off at Diamond Head’s entrance.

Go in by the little tunnel entrance. There’s a car parking zone, an information middle, relaxation rooms, and a bit of kiosk. The path up brown and dusty Diamond Head begins right here.

The hike as much as the highest begins with a stroll throughout the ground of the volcano, after which the path turns into step by step steeper and rocky, which winds its method as much as the primary lookout and half-method level. This may take about 20-half-hour, and from right here you’ll be able to see the Windward Coast of Oahu. But the perfect is but to return.

After you climb a concrete stairway you may come to a 225-foot tunnel that is reduce into the mountainside. It’s place to get out of the solar for a couple of minutes and prepare for the subsequent flight of stairs.

On the opposite aspect of the tunnel is one other flight of steps, barely longer than the primary, however after that you just’re virtually there. Actually, the bottom stage of the Fire Control Station Diamond Head. Go up the spiral stairs to the highest of the station and you’ll exit to the statement station on the summit of Diamond Head. Straight forward is the broad blue Pacific, the inexperienced slopes of the Koolaus, all of Honolulu and past, in addition to a chicken’s eye view of Waikiki.

Stay, take a lot of photos, have a light-weight snack and a few water. Re-apply your sunscreen and revel within the second. After your hour or so hike up, your 30-forty five minutes journey down shall be a lot, a lot simpler. But watch the time: The gates shut shut at 6pm.

Diamond Head State Park is open from S-S all yr. There’s a $B admission for stroll-ins, or $H per carload. If you need to attempt to keep away from the tour teams, come early within the morning or after one’ish within the afternoon.

Bring snug strolling sneakers, water, sunscreen, a sunhat, a digicam and a buddy. A flashlight is helpful for the tunnels, and you may use a towel to assist block the solar, fan your self, or wipe down your face with some cool water. And binoculars would are available in actually useful.