Diamond Head Crater
Diamond Head Crater
Between Makapuu Avenue and 18th Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96816
Diamond Head Crater Description
Hiking to the top of a volcanic crater makes for a spectacular (and unusual) morning. Diamond Head crater is one of Hawaii's most recognized landmarks, visible from much of Honolulu and Waikiki Beach. It's a thrill for kids to be so close to such a geological wonder as this. In addition, those with any interest in military history will be fascinated by the World War II bunkers visible during the hike. The best part, of course, is reaching the rim, with its expansive view of Oahu's leeward coast.
School-Age Kids: Kids who don't like to hike are not going to enjoy this excursion. It's a dry, hot climb to the top.
Pre-Teens & Teens: While the hike and the view from the top will be impressive to this age group, they'll really appreciate Diamond Head from the beach after they've hiked it, when they can tell people, "I made it to the top!"
- Go the distance. Diamond Head Trail is a moderate hike, 1 3/4 miles round trip. There are two sets of stairs, one with 99 steps and the other, 76 steps.
- Bring a flashlight. You'll want it for the 225-foot long unlit tunnel.
- Go early. Except for the tunnel, there is NO shade, so it's best to do this hike in the early morning. That said, apply sunscreen liberally.
- Bring water. It's a hot hike.
- Go first. Bathrooms are available at the trailhead.
- Take a camera. The view from the top is gorgeous.
- Watch your step. Wear sturdy shoes, stay on the trails, and be careful.
Just the Facts
Hours: 6 a.m.-6 p.m.
Fees: Under $10
Recommended Time: 2 to 4 hours
Reviews of Diamond Head Crater
By starbucks_mom November 15, 2007
What we loved:
we were active and saw the city
What we didn't love:
a little crowded
this was a great activity first thing in the morning. it felt so good to get up and go. the hike itself is pretty easy, there are a few steep turns here and there where kids might need some help but overall, it was fun and exciting to reach the top. we definitely did not look at Diamond Head the same after the climb! Read More