Diamond Head State Monument, Honolulu

Diamond Head State Monument, Honolulu (must see)

Diamond Head Volcano is one of Oahu's most famous and striking attractions. This feature, technically a volcanic “tuff cone,” was formed over 150,000 years ago from a very brief, explosive volcanic eruption. This resulted in the formation of millions of white calcite crystals that gave Diamond Head its modern name. Originally called Laeahi, or “Brow of the tuna,” Diamond Head was christened as such when 19th-century British sailors mistook the common, valueless calcite formations for diamonds. Though the original eruption that formed Diamond Head was quick and violent, experts say that the volcano is extremely unlikely to ever erupt again, since the kind of eruptions that create tuff cones generally only occur once. As a result, it is considered extinct.

The volcanic formation is a United States monument. A 0.7-mile hike follows the side of the cone and leads to the summit. At this point, called Diamond Head Lookout, visitors can see the southern shore of Oahu, as well as Waikiki. Because of the view that the summit of Diamond Head Volcano offers, it has been used as a military lookout point since the 1900s. One of the most interesting features of the trail, leading up Diamond Head Volcano, is the abandoned WWII military bunkers and underground.

Tip:
Go early in the day – before the crowds and sun really kick in – and bring a bottle of water with you to stay hydrated.
On the way up, you get to an intersection and you go left or right. Right takes you up stairs; instead, you can take the left, which is a bit more scenic and not as grueling.
There is a food truck of sorts at the base of the path in the parking lot - a great place to get a pineapple slush or mango smoothie to help re-charge after your arduous climb.
Remember: they close at 6pm and are serious about that. Besides, you really do want to have enough time to take in the many excellent views and get all the pics you want. Not a visit to be rushed.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 6am-6pm

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Sight Name: Diamond Head State Monument
Sight Location: Honolulu, USA
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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