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Originally named for the glittering crystals embedded in its rock, the volcano of Diamond Head has become one of the most iconic images associated with Waikiki, and the Hawaiian islands in general. Known locally as Le'ahi, most likely due to its fin-like shape, the volcano is long extinct and a major tourist attraction for the Honolulu area.
The volcano is thought to have been formed by a short, violent eruption lasting no more than a few days. This would explain the cone's symmetrical shape. At a height of approximately 230 meters, the area offers a relatively easy, but diverse hike along unpaved walkways, across lava and through tunnels right to the viewing platform at the top. Here, you are greeted by a stunning view over Waikiki, Kapiolani Park and the seemingly endless stretch of the Pacific. While the hike is not exceptionally difficult, you will need a good pair of walking shoes and plenty of water. Make sure to wear sunblock and pop a torch in your bag to help you navigate those tunnels.
If that all sounds a little too Indiana Jones for your liking, you can always stay at the base of the slope in the Diamond Head State Monument area. There are plenty of picnic tables around here; the perfect spot to sit back and relax after a trip to the farmers market held every Saturday near the park. Those who aren't fans of eating al fresco can try one of the many wonderful restaurants along Monsarrat Avenue, just across the street from the entrance.
The park is easily accessible on foot and via public transport, and is open from early morning to late afternoon. There is a small fee to enter, and the hike is estimated to take 1 to 2 hours.
You could comfortably spend a whole afternoon at Diamond Head. The list below provides a selection of the things you can enjoy here:
If you're seeking more activities, have a look at our Honolulu things to do page.
With direct access to the beach, this Waikiki resort is in the entertainment district and within a 10-minute walk of Kuhio Beach Park, International Market Place, and Honolulu Zoo.
Located in Waikiki, this beachfront resort is in the entertainment district and within 2 mi (3 km) of Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikiki Beach, and Honolulu Zoo. University of Hawaii at Manoa and Ala Moana Center are also within 3 mi (5 km).
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