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Diamond Head

Make the short climb to the rim of this extinct volcanic crater for spectacular views of Honolulu, the Pacific Ocean and the rugged ranges of Oahu’s interior.

The curving green slopes of Diamond Head dominate the Honolulu skyline, a stunning backdrop that has become an iconic Hawaiian scene. Hike the 0.75-mile (1.1-kilometer) trail to the top, or simply enjoy a picnic at its base.

Known by locals as Le’ahi (brow of the tuna), Diamond Head is an extinct volcanic crater, a “tuff cone.” The circular mountain formation was shaped around 150,000 years ago by a short, intense eruption. With its rim at 760 feet (228 meters) above sea level, it’s the perfect height to be both a relatively easy climb and an excellent lookout point. Enjoy exceptional views of the now overgrown crater, Oahu island and Honolulu’s coastline.

Follow the handrails and the informative signs all the way to the top. A walk along an unpaved path and over lava leads to some tunnels and staircases and, finally, the observation platform. Cool off in the sea breeze and take in some of the best views in Hawaii, with Waikiki Beach and Kapiolani Park directly below you and the Pacific Ocean stretching to the horizon. Take pictures of the lighthouse, or, if you are there in winter, of the breaching humpback whales that often migrate past this point.

The 475-acre (192-hectare) Diamond Head State Monument area at the mountain’s base has picnic tables and benches, where you can enjoy your packed lunch. Alternatively, try one of the many eateries along Monsarrat Avenue, just opposite the entrance. Visit on Saturday mornings for the local farmers’ market and buy fresh, local produce or tasty snacks.

The Diamond Head trail starts just beyond the entrance to the Diamond Head State Monument, on the coast east of Waikiki. You can get to the park on foot, by bus or car, and it opens from early morning to late afternoon. There is only a small charge for entering. The climb is steep and over an unpaved path, so wear good walking shoes. Also bring water, a torch for the tunnels and sun protection. Allow 1–2 hours for the hike.


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Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach ¥16,953
Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach

Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach

175 Paoakalani Ave, Honolulu, HI
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Waikiki, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Queen Kapiʻolani Regional Park and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Diamond Head.

    Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort ¥28,501
    Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort

    Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort

    2335 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Waikiki, this beachfront resort is on the boardwalk, just steps from Royal-Moana Beach, International Market Place, and Waikiki Beach. Royal Hawaiian Center and Waikiki Beach Walk are also within 10 minutes.

      Ohia Waikiki Studio Suites ¥6,923
      Ohia Waikiki Studio Suites

      Ohia Waikiki Studio Suites

      2280 Kuhio Ave, Honolulu, HI
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Waikiki, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of International Market Place and Royal Hawaiian Center. Waikiki Beach and Honolulu Zoo are also within 15 minutes.

        'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach ¥30,418
        'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach

        'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach

        2490 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Offering direct access to the beach, this Waikiki resort is in the entertainment district, steps from Kuhio Beach Park and Duke Kahanamoku Statue. International Market Place and Honolulu Zoo are also within 10 minutes.

          Park Shore Waikiki ¥17,068
          Park Shore Waikiki

          Park Shore Waikiki

          2586 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Offering direct access to the beach, this Waikiki resort is in a shopping district and within a 5-minute walk of Sans Souci Beach and Honolulu Zoo. Waikiki Beach and Waikiki Aquarium are also within 10 minutes.

            Hotel Renew ¥8,677
            Hotel Renew

            Hotel Renew

            129 Paoakalani Ave, Honolulu, HI
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Waikiki, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Honolulu Zoo, Waikiki Beach, and International Market Place. Waikiki Aquarium and Royal Hawaiian Center are also within 15 minutes.

              Le`ahi Estate by RedAwning
              Le`ahi Estate by RedAwning

              Le`ahi Estate by RedAwning

              311 22nd Ave, Honolulu, HI
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Kahala, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kuilei Cliffs Beach Park and Diamond Head. Honolulu Zoo and Waikiki Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Pacific Monarch Hotel ¥10,541
                Pacific Monarch Hotel

                Pacific Monarch Hotel

                2427 Kuhio Ave, Honolulu, HI
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Waikiki, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Waikiki Beach, Honolulu Zoo, and Royal Hawaiian Center. Waikiki Aquarium and Ala Moana Center are also within 3 mi (5 km).