Diamond Head Hiking Trail – Honolulu, HI
A group of friends went to Hawaii over Thanksgiving this year. While going for a casual drive, we came upon the Diamond Head Crater. Feeling adventurous, we decided to give it a shot.
If we had it to do over, we would have definitely wore tennis shoes (not flip flops) and brought along some water. It is a relatively short hike (about 40 minutes up, and 20-30 minutes down). As you ascend the side of the crater, beautiful panoramas of the entire island come into view. We had an absolutely perfect day, and snapped some amazing photos. If you are afraid of stairs, you will want to avoid this. We actually saw one person look at the larges series of stairs and head back. At the top you actually get to see some of the WWII gun turrets at the top of the mountain. One of the best views is that of Waikiki beach, where you can see a modern city with every amenity imaginable meet the crystal blue waters of the Pacific.
After you are finished and back at the parking lot in the base of the crater, don’t forget to try some shaved ice. I don’t know if it was the fact we forgot water, but the shaved iced was the best I ever had! I’d definitely like to repeat this hike the next time we go.
Off Diamond Head Road
Between Makapu’u Avenue and 18th Avenue, Honolulu, HI