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

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    Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

    Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

    2005 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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      Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach ¥15,901
      Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach

      Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach

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

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        Waikiki Resort Hotel ¥14,016
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        2460 Koa Avenue, Honolulu, HI
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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          Queen Kapiolani Hotel

          Queen Kapiolani Hotel

          150 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, HI
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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            Sheraton Waikiki ¥32,791
            Sheraton Waikiki

            Sheraton Waikiki

            2255 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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              Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa ¥22,603
              Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa

              Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa

              2424 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Waikiki, this beachfront resort is connected to a shopping center and within a 5-minute walk of Kuhio Beach Park and International Market Place. Honolulu Zoo and Waikiki Aquarium are also within 15 minutes.

                Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel ¥16,141
                Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel

                Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel

                2570 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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