The lure of the unknown is what drew me to Diamond Head. All the write ups I had read, the fascination of standing on the ground looking up to say "what exactly is up there?" and "I wonder if I can make it... or not,"
It was one of the most enjoyable experiences I have undertaken and I am a couch potato senior who is definitely on the back side of life. I was lucky in that there were no crowds the day I went. My wife had been ill for a day or two so she was staying in the hotel and I was looking to get out. I rented a scooter and started off to Diamond Head. From the moment I arrived and the lady in the entrance booth greeted me, I knew it was going to be a good day. Yes, it was partly overcast and yes it was mid April, so the tourist count was down, but there were still a good number or "explorers" like me seeking answers and satisfaction. The first few hundred yards are like a walk in a park, then comes the "Path".. The "Path" is always beckoning you to keep coming, keep walking, keep stopping and looking around, and taking in all it has to display in beautiful Hawaiian landscape.
The "path" is your tour guide and friend...while the "stairs" are your "Drill Sargent" and "you can't climb me you wuss!" task masters. But you can, and you will, because you have come this far...and you are not going to let some stupid stone stairs hold you back... Then the nice cool tunnel again a friend, dark, but it does have lights along the way so never a place to fear, just another place to enjoy what a tunnel has to offer. It is fairly large inside with room for people to pass each other but wait, Before you enter the tunnel stop for a moment, turn around, and look back, down the stairs and see what you have already accomplished ....and flip the stairs a "Bird" and tell them they were a "walk in the park". Enjoy the tunnel for what it is, a monument to the men that built this entire route from almost sea level up thru a crater rim, and volcanic and other rock, to the top, mostly by hand and with little assistance from anywhere. Masterpiece is as close as anyone can describe the "Path, stairs, tunnel, and view at the top."
Never fear being bored, for every step forward brings new beauty both in front and behind. Every sharp bend in the "Path" (and there are plenty of them) a new line of sight, and a new view behind.Stop and take it all in for it is all you can take back, the memories and the pictures.
The "Path" will lead you to a second long set of stairs and yet a third one that is a circular set of stairs, like in a lighthouse, but all are navigable and all are conquerable, and all are rewarding, well worth the effort to make it to the top. Just keep telling yourself it is all something millions of others have done and you can do it too...regardless of your personal fitness (or like me, un-fitness) level. The journey was well worth the effort, and every step up is a step down on the way back, so you reap the reward coming back.
The "look-out" is truly something you will probably never forget or see in any other place in Hawaii. No wonder the "Path" was built, and it draws even the the un-fit to it's pinnacle. Come and become another jewel in it's crown. Discover why it is called "Diamond Head" and understand that by completing the climb, you have just become one of it's "Diamonds". eg.