Diamond Head is a very famous landmark in the Hawaiian Islands. The shape is similar to the cone and crater. Location is often used as a hiking destination was formed by a volcanic eruption half a million years ago. Now no longer active status, since at least 150 thousand years ago. Located in Oahu, Diamond Head crater diameter width of 3,500 meters and become part of a chain of volcanoes in Hawaii.
By local residents of Hawaii, Diamond Head is called by the name of Le’ahi. Its nickname changed to “Diamond Head” by the visit of an English sailor 200 years ago is believed about the existence of diamonds on the side of the crater. Although he did not find any, but the name “Diamond Head” is still used.
The path was built in the Diamond Head has been around since 1908 as part of the defense system of the coastal area. During World War II, was built above the crater of a bunker complete with an antenna that is used by the government. It lies at an altitude makes Diamond Head is a strategic point for reconnaissance activities by the military. In 1968, a tourist destination that crowned the National Natural Landmark. No wonder if now, Diamond Head became one of the most popular climbing destination in Oahu.
Actually, not hard to traverse Diamond Head. You only need to drive to this place precisely at the bottom of the crater. Once there, there will be 175 steps that will guide you to reach the top. Before you get there, you will pass through the dark tunnels and bunkers. After passing this section, we will get to the point the top of Diamond Head. Fatigue and sweat will pay off after seeing the beautiful panorama of Honolulu. Honolulu natural landscapes will amaze the tourists. There is the ocean, the mountains for the building of skyscrapers. Blue sky adds to the natural charm of the region.
Prepare your stamina as possible before visiting Diamond Head because there are multiple paths were very steep and uneven. Nevertheless, Diamond Head still impassable even for persons with disabilities. Use comfortable shoes, bring bottled water and wear a hat and sunscreen so that no direct sunlight on your skin.
We must also constantly watching the clock visits, because the last schedule entering Diamond Head is 4:30 pm. At 18:00 pm, all visitors are expected to come out of this region. Every day, the climb can be started at 06.00 am, with tickets costing $ 6.
If you plan to hike on a Saturday morning, do not forget to stop by to Kapiolani community College Farmer’s Market that sells a variety of local foods Oahu. In the vicinity of this location, there are also several cafes and restaurants offering special menus of Diamond Head.
To reach this point, we can use a personal vehicle or rental. Drive to the east of Waikiki. From this point to the Diamond Head just need a travel time for 5 minutes.