Diamond Head State Monument

off Diamond Head Rd. (btwn Makapu'u & 18th Ave.), Honolulu, HI 96816, United States
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  • "... Wear sunscreen and bring water, since most of the trail is exposed and can..." (12 tips)
  • "... College. Go early to avoid the heat and crowds." (3 tips)
  • "... view of the famed Waikiki coastline. Once you conquer the uphill..." (4 tips)
  • Hilton B.

    hike to the top!

    Hilton Blackwell · November 27, 2009
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  • Dottie W.

    Totally worth the 200 steps

    Dottie W · May 3, 2011
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  • Kevin W.

    The earlier the better. Gates open at 6am.

    Kevin White · October 15, 2010
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  • Lipton Iced Tea

    Hike the 300,000 years-old crater and take in the amazing view of the famed Waikiki coastline. Once you conquer the uphill hike, it’s smooth sailing on the way down!

    Lipton Iced Tea · June 29, 2011
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  • Aaron H.

    You just received the stairmaster badge from me

    Aaron H. · November 26, 2012
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  • Anna B.

    Be sure to wear comfortable shoes - tennis or hiking - no flip flops or heels. Wear sunscreen and a hat, and bring water!! This hike takes 1-2 hours, but is well worth it once you get to the top!

    Anna Battle · July 9, 2012
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  • Lloyd

    Hotspot for a gd hike. Magnificent view up top

    Lloyd · October 21, 2011
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  • Peter N.

    The view here is amazing! Lots of photo opportunities all the way to the top.

    Peter Nguyen · November 22, 2010
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  • Tom R.

    $1 to walk in per person $5 per car. Lots of people and lots of stairs.

    Tom Robinson · March 22, 2011
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  • Joëlle E.

    Go whenever you want. So what if you're hot and sweaty? Being at the top with an amazing 360 AND a cool breeze is completely worth the sweat to get there.

    Joëlle Eid · July 13, 2012
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  • Evan[Bu]

    This just in: Walking down Diamond Head is easier than walking up.

    Evan[Bu] · July 4, 2012
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  • Toast

    It's not advisable to do this in flip flops... BUT it's do-able! I did it! Woo!

    Toast · June 30, 2011
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  • Aimee E.

    The view is incredible and totally worth the hike!

    Aimee Erspamer · August 28, 2010
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  • angel m.

    Start with light breakfast at the farmers market in the morning then continue to hike up the Diamond Head. Amazing 360º from top. Go down before 12noon.

    angel mels · June 9, 2010
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  • Keith L.

    Go early in the morning and take water. Have fun, its a great view!

    Keith Lunsford · March 28, 2010
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  • Mary Beth B.

    Go early (before 8:30) to avoid the heat. It's not a difficult walk to the top. Opens at 6am.

    Mary Beth Burns · March 24, 2010
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  • marky s.

    The las hundred steps will test you, haha...

    marky sparkly · January 13, 2010
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  • Gieson C.

    After going through the first set of stairs and the tunnel, there's a path to the left that's easier if you're feeling gassed.

    Gieson Cacho · May 6, 2013
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  • Ray M.

    Wonderful view! Wear comfortable shoes! A lot of walking uphills.

    Ray Miller · June 2, 2012
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  • Beth A.

    Not too challenging, but wear good footwear and bring water. The view is worth it!

    Beth Awalt · October 31, 2011
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  • John K.

    Go early and avoid the heat of the day.

    John Knapp · September 24, 2011
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  • Lipton Iced Tea

    Hike the 300,000 years-old crater and take in the amazing view of the famed Waikiki coastline. Once you conquer the uphill hike, it’s smooth sailing on the way down!

    Lipton Iced Tea · June 29, 2011
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  • Almira V.

    Their right, the best time to go here is in the morning it's getting hotter and hotter bring water and hades protect your eyes, there is a tricky part when you reach the top be prepared:)

    Almira Valdez · September 30, 2010
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  • Alison H.

    BRING WATER!!! There are plenty of places to rest so don't be afraid of the trek. Totally worth it once you are at the top.

    Alison Hillman · April 26, 2013
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  • Paul K.

    Shave Ice in the parking lot is the best

    Paul Kell · April 2, 2012
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  • J .

    Beautiful views from the top! The hike is kind of rough on hot days but it's a must!

    J 🏁 · February 20, 2012
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  • Anthony M.

    Fun climb. Bring water if you're not a hiker, it can be a challenge for children and older people. Parking costs $5. Worth it!

    Anthony Mayberry · November 30, 2011
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  • Kameron K.

    A short hike but pretty steep. Takes about 20-30 mins but worth the great view! Only $1 to get in for walk ins.

    Kameron K · October 3, 2011
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  • Benzy T.

    Water and more water!!!

    Benzy Thomas · September 21, 2011
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  • Shereena R.

    Wear comfortable walking/running shoes and take a iPod to distract you from the mile hike lol

    Shereena Rodney · August 15, 2011
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  • Matthew S.

    Bring water! The stairs are tight and if you are tall (I'm 6'2") you will have to crawl out of the observation point at the top of the spiral stairs on hands & knees. Beautiful scenery @ the top.

    Matthew Staehle · August 9, 2011
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  • Senite8

    Do not take infants with you or strollers. It will be like hell!

    Senite8 · July 2, 2011
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  • Mark J.

    Bring plenty of water

    Mark Jackola · May 8, 2011
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  • El D.

    Bring water and use sunscreen! It was extremely hot when I hiked at 9am, but it was definitely worth it.

    El Dropo · April 13, 2011
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  • Charlotte H.

    The view is worth the hike!

    Charlotte Hampton · March 22, 2011
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  • Robert N.

    Don't wear flip flops!

    Robert Newells · September 2, 2010
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  • Greg M.

    Get here by 9 on a Saturday. Parking is a challenge if you drive

    Greg Maffett · August 7, 2010
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  • Kirk B.

    Water, Hat, Sunscreen.

    Kirk Bright · 5 days ago
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  • Lolitta P.

    Nice view, don't go if your tired or don't want to be tired. Bring ice cold waters.

    Lolitta Pulido · 2 weeks ago
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  • Aran T.

    Bring water and wear comfortable shoes.

    Aran Thrasher · February 8
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  • Trump Hotel Collection

    This easy-intermediate level hike offers breathtaking views of Waikiki and the southeast side of the island. Wear sunscreen and bring water, since most of the trail is exposed and can get very hot.

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  • Justin S.

    Bring your intestinal fortitude!

    Justin Saine · February 2
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  • ישראל ב.

    הנוף הכי יפה שראיתי בחיים

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  • Kelly J.

    Bring the wifi router.Take a nice view and check in there.Wear the running or trecking shoes.

    Kelly Jr · December 27, 2013
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  • Ray G.

    I don't need to leave any more tips, I already got one here this morning.

    Ray Grunch · November 19, 2013
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  • Ray G.

    No matter what Sgt. Security says or some Charley Ching Chong does, in America, we drive on the right side of the road!!

    Ray Grunch · November 19, 2013
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  • Joe S.

    Worth the 2 mile round trip hike including 50 flights of stairs

    Joe Serico · October 27, 2013
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  • Austin G.

    It's a big dirt pit.

    Austin Grimes · October 19, 2013
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  • Yu K.

    最後の階段急すぎるw でも眺め絶景。

    Yu Kubota · July 9, 2011
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  • kowagari

    往復1時間くらい。水を持っていかないときつい。

    kowagari · March 27
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