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“What A Great Experience!!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Diamond Head State Monument

Diamond Head State Monument
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Ranked #3 of 311 things to do in Honolulu
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: A dormant volcano crater.
Brooklyn, New York
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23 reviews
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“What A Great Experience!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Traveled to Hawaii for a seven (7) day cruise around this beautiful mountain range. We spent five (5) days in Waikiki and on the last day we hiked Diamond Head. Each step up this crater was more beautiful than the previous step. I became a little winded in the tunnel, but my husband encouraged me through. Once you make it through the tunnel you are more than half way to the top. I took a little break and Monet said I could not stop and my BFF (Angela) was at the top of Diamond Head, telling me that I could make it. When I reached the top my group was there and we relished the moment of such an accomplishment. Michael, Lisa, Angela, Rosina, Gary, Victor, Monet, Quentin, Khyle, Ashley left their footprints along the trail on Monday, July 7, 2014. Monique left her footprints half way up and Anthony left his footprints at the bottom of the trail. LOL!!! The views were amazing and a sight to behold. Mahalo!!

Visited July 2014
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“Must do trek”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 via mobile

A dollar gets you access to the crater park walking trails and an info sheet. Follow the path to the summit and take some water. Path starts out with a concrete surface which gets steeper and rougher as the gradient increases. Super steep steps (on right) after the tunnel, take you to the concrete bunkers at the top. Enjoy the terrific views of Waikiki from the peak. Take a challenge and do it all in a sweaty, strenuous hour of fast-paced walking, or better still, take your time and have a leisurely stroll. Recommend you go early in the day to avoid the heat.

Visited July 2014
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“Bring plenty of water”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 via mobile

This is a short but strenuous hike. Bring plenty of water because you'll need it. It was a good workout; better than the stair master. The views of Waikiki are spectacular and the is a nice trade wind at the top to cool you off.
We walked from waikiki Beach. It was a hiking but doable. Start early and relax the afternoon at the beach. I was surprised at how strenuous the hike was but that which doesn't kill you.....
Going down was easier after you reached the summit. You will need plenty of water. Some people brought their children or infants. They were crazy. Be prepared to hike if you are going to go.

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Centerville, Ohio
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“Have good shoes”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

You will be walking and walking, walking, walking ,walking, but once at the top it's worth it. You don't want to miss the view from the top

Visited July 2014
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Santa Maria, California
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“Nice little hike to the top of Diamond Head crater, million dollar views!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

You either need to go early or late (sat after 1 or 2pm) if you want parking inside the crater. Or take the bus/trolley to make it easy. After that it's only $1 entry fee to get in. then it's a 3/4 mile (each way) hike. Of course it goes uphill, so it's as hard as you make it. Near the top you hit some STEEP stairs, or you can go left and take the sidewalk/switchback to the top (skipping the stairs, which many choose to do). Either way, when you get to the top, you have a nice breeze. In fact, when you get near the summit REMOVE YOUR HAT and hold it, as the breeze will blow it off and you won't get it back (as you look down off the summit there's LOTS of hats down there where you will NOT go get it without risking death). Take lots of selfies/photos of the beautiful Waikiki area, then look the other direction over Hawaii Kai area and up at Haunama Bay (also a MUST DO). There's a vendor truck at the bottom with water and food, but I'd recommend bringing a bottle of water...the trail is inside the crater so the winds might be quite calm leaving you with the full sun making it feel pretty toasty. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED if you are in any kind of shape for a hike.

Visited July 2014
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