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Diamond Head
Vacation Travel Guide

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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'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
5 out of 5
2490 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥26,601 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3

Offering direct access to the beach, this Waikiki resort is in the entertainment district, steps from Kuhio Beach Park and Duke Kahanamoku Statue. International ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,437 reviews)

"The property is very nice and in a good location in Waikiki. However, it is impossible to actually call and get a person on the phone at the hotel, whether from the hotel itself or from a cell phone. I’ve never experienced that with a hotel. They seemed unbothered by this feedback but this is extremely ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2021

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Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel
Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel
3.5 out of 5
2570 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥14,206 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3

Offering direct access to the beach, this Waikiki hotel is in the entertainment district and within a 15-minute walk of Honolulu Zoo and Ala Wai Golf Course. ...

4/5Very Good! (2,742 reviews)

"We loved the view of the ocean from our room. We were impressed with the security of the hotel . You cant go on the elevator without your room card~ Very nice staff!!"…"

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2021

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Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2005 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥23,413 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3

Located in Waikiki, this beachfront resort is in the entertainment district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Royal Hawaiian Center and Waikiki Beach. Honolulu Zoo and ...

4.1/5Very Good! (5,812 reviews)

"Great location. Lots to see and do. Our room had a slight mildewy smell to it and the mattresses were not supportive (seemed older). Other than that, it was well worth what we paid for it (which was much less than we would have paid sans covid)."…"

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2021

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
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'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
5 out of 5
2490 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥26,601 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3
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Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel
Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel
3.5 out of 5
2570 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥14,206 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3
Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2005 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥23,413 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach
Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach
3.5 out of 5
175 Paoakalani Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥16,844 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3
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Queen Kapiolani Hotel
Queen Kapiolani Hotel
4 out of 5
150 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥13,703 per night from Feb 27 to Feb 28
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Waikiki Resort Hotel
Waikiki Resort Hotel
3.5 out of 5
2460 Koa Avenue, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥12,586 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3
Waikiki Resort Hotel
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