It generally takes the average visitor around 45 minutes to reach the top of the trail. The trip can take longer if the trail is crowded when you visit. You’ll want to allow at least 1.5-2 hours to really relax and enjoy the hike and the scenery while you’re there.
Located at the eastern end of Waikiki and right on the ocean, Diamond Head has already made an impression to early sailors. In 1825, British sailors noticed small sparkling calcite crystals in the beach sand nearby the crater and named the mountain Diamond Hill.
The craggy crater won its name Diamond Head when 19th century British sailors discovered calcite crystals on its slopes and, for some jubilant moments, mistook them for diamonds . Fort Ruger, built inside the crater, housed cannon mortars with a range of eleven miles and a telescope station for target sightings.
The Keawaula Section (west side) of Kaena Point is OPEN but gates remain CLOSED. 12/16/20 – [OAHU] – Diamond Head State Monument is now OPEN ! Diamond Head Summit Trail.
|Trail Length||1.6 miles (round trip)|
|Elevation Gain||560 ft|
|Trail Brochure||Diamond Head State Monument|
|Park Name||Diamond Head State Monument|
The Diamond Head Summit trail hike is likely the most popular hike in Oahu, and for good reason. While fairly steep, this easy hike starts from the middle of the Diamond Head volcanic crater and climbs about 500 feet up the side to the top of the rim where panoramic views await.
Sharks seen at Kaimana Beach in Waikiki again The shark is pretty close to the people in the water there who don’t seem to be aware of the shark nearby. Officials say three white tip sharks were seen feeding on a large school of fish about 20 to 30 yards from shore .
You can walk to the trailhead from Waikiki and it will take you about 20-50 minutes depending on which end of Waikiki you are staying at. Keep in mind the hike is pretty steep so you may want to save your energy for the hike rather than doing a 30-minute walk just to get into the Diamond Head Crater.
The Eruption Diamond Head is part of the Ko’olau Range. The vents are now extinct and Diamond Head has been dormant for about 150,000 years. Diamond Head is believed to be monogenetic, meaning the eruption only occurs once. Therefore, geologists believe that Diamond Head will never erupt again .
To get to the Crater you can walk, ride a bike, drive or take The Bus. The road into the Park starts at Diamond Head Road just west of 18th Ave. and there is a bus stop right next to it.
Yes there are plenty of beautiful nature views on Oahu it is so much more than Waikiki please get out and explore it. 2. Re: Only want Lava Flows. One time we got lucky and had a relatively short (4 km one way) hike in VNP (over old lava field) to see the active lava field with lava flowing into the ocean.
Known as Leahi (brow of the tuna) in Hawaiian, the crater was named Diamond Head by 19th century British sailors who thought they discovered diamonds on the crater’s slopes. These ” diamonds ” were actually shiny calcite crystals that had no value.
Hawaii’s parks, beaches , and trails are open for groups of no more than five (5) people. Please practice physical distancing and always wear a mask or face covering. All Hawaii county parks and beaches are open on all islands with some restrictions.
There is a $12 per person park entrance fee for non-resident visitors or $7.50 for residents 13 years of age and older. Admission is free for children up to 12 years of age, active military, and Hawaiian residents w/ proper ID. There is also a $3.00 parking fee , if you are driving to this Oahu beach.