Here’s a cool little travel report from my friend Aska covering the Diamond Head State Monument in Hawaii.
Aska’s Journey To Diamond Head State Monument
I was out in Hawaii with my husband on holiday and we decided to check out the Diamond Head Hike in Honolulu, O’ahu. A lot of the locals had told us it was a must see location. So off we went. Instead of taking the usual bus ride to Diamond Head, we decided to take the scenic route on foot so we could really enjoy what the island offered.
We stopped to smell the beautiful flowers. check out the lighthouse, and enjoy the breathtaking views of the ocean. Plus, we watched the locals surf. It was a beautiful walk, and a great workout!
From our hotel in Waikiki to the entrance of Diamond Head State Monument, it was about a 3.5 mile walk. If you walk to the monument like we did, you will first see the sign “Diamond Head State Monument” at the entrance of the park.
Then you walk up a small hill and enter a big tunnel. It’s called the Kapahulu Tunnel. Once you come out of the tunnel, you are now IN the giant crater! Soon enough, you’ll see the starting point of the trailhead which you could have taken the bus to.
The trail is actually a nice short, leisurely hike for anybody in decent shape. It’s about a 1.6 mile hike up and back. There is some uneven and steep terrain, requiring caution, but I definitely recommend it if you get the chance! The elevation gain is 560 feet.
Unfortunately, on the day we hiked, we didn’t get the typical Hawaiian sunshine. But it was still enjoyable. We had a great day exploring the island and learning the history. But oh man, the Piña Colada at the end of the day tasted sooooo good! Happy days. 🙂