Diamond Head State Monument

Volcano, Scenic Lookout, and Trail
Diamond Head - Kapahulu - St. Louis, Honolulu
  • Joe S.
    "Worth the 2 mile round trip hike including 50 flights of stairs"(14 Tips)
    Almira V.
    "... hotter and hotter bring water and hades protect your eyes, there is a..."(11 Tips)
    Aimee E.
    "The view is incredible and totally worth the hike!"(44 Tips)
    Anna B.
    "Be sure to wear comfortable shoes - tennis or hiking - no flip flops or..."(4 Tips)
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  • Rob
    RobAugust 8
    Go very early to avoid the crowds.
  • Ece B.
    Ece BolatJuly 31
    You would not wanna come back before seeing diamond head. Hike up is not too bad
  • Dennis B.
    Dennis BJuly 2
    There's a fork in the road -- well, path -- that leads either to hundreds of steps or a few easier ramps. Take the steps: It's challenging but way more rewarding. You'll have stories to tell!
  • ginny h.
    ginny hJune 3
    Go early. Full on workout gear is overkill. Wear shoes.
  • Jason O.
    The view is worth the trip to the top. The stairs are the most direct, but most tiring way, so you might want to try the other path.
  • Vandell F.
    Wonderful short hike. 30 min, 1.5 miles. Great view!
  • Jeremy G.
    Jeremy GrayMarch 23
    Challenging hike, but short
  • Tomiana D.
    Tomiana DeBellisFebruary 29
    Fantastic views and fun hike. Recommend getting there early (opens at 6am) to get parking and avoid major crowds. Toward the end are some serious stairs and a 200+ foot tunnel to think about.
  • Carlo D.
    Carlo D.February 16
    Nice and pleasant hike, great view at the top!
  • Sam S.
    Sam SJanuary 9
    Sunset down at the beach is great.
  • Sean K.
    Sean KauJanuary 2
    great view
  • Kaleb R.
    Kaleb RowlesDecember 14, 2015
    The hike is well worth the trip. Maybe a half an hour or so up but the view from the top is well worth it!
  • Juan G.
    Juan GiraldoDecember 2, 2015
    Great view of oaku island. It is possible to appreciate waikiki beach and its many hotels buildings
  • Sean R.
    Sean RobisonNovember 26, 2015
    Wear comfy shoes. The climb is not over-taxing. If the long staircase appears daunting, you can take the exit route to the top.
  • Eric L.
    Eric LindvallOctober 24, 2015
    A fun hike with a great view.
  • Luis C.
    Luis C.October 23, 2015
    Take your time up this hike, but as you get to the tunnel it gets crowded as people are going up and others coming down. Watch your step going up the steep steps.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Anna R.
    Anna ROctober 9, 2015
    Great hike to start the day. The outlook on top is congested with tourist - take a pic can't linger too much.
  • Andrew H.
    Andrew HealanSeptember 21, 2015
    an easy walk that looks tough
  • Biz T.
    Biz TraveldudeJuly 4, 2015
    Gotta hike the volcano
  • Randy K.
    Randy KingMay 17, 2015
    The hard way offers a couple extra views, and a trip through one of the buildings. I suggest the hard climb.
  • y0kS
    y0kSMay 14, 2015
    If you are here to get a "work out" don't come when the park first opens (at least not on Thursday that's when I came), unless you want to drown in a sea of tourists..🐠🐟🙋🏻🐋🐳🐬
  • Keith K.
    Keith KaplanApril 5, 2015
    Great views and a must if you haven't been up before. I reached the summit in under 30 mins without stopping. Go early because it gets very crowded and is quite annoying to hike with many people.
  • Steph H.
    Steph HindsMarch 26, 2015
    Awesome views. Hike to the top is half an hour and fairly easy. Make sure you take the stairs all the way to the top
  • Josie S.
    Josie SMarch 21, 2015
    A must do in Ohau. A medium level hike. Meaning younger kids (above 5yo) can do it but no one with mobility problems. A local told me they need to send paramedic 2 or3 tomes a week. View is AMAZING.
  • Kristina P.
    Kristina ParkMarch 6, 2015
    $1 entrance fee!
  • Kai H.
    Kai HockertsMarch 3, 2015
    Wow. What a view.
    Upvoted Jul 25
  • Vincent B.
    Vincent BoboFebruary 23, 2015
    Beautiful place to watch the sunrise
  • Jack G.
    Jack GashiFebruary 15, 2015
    Sunrise from Diamond Head is magical. Get there at 5:50; gate opens at 6. It'll be dark out, but it's a simple hike. Do it on the first day, when you can use your jet lag hours to wake up early.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Do Hee J.
    Do Hee JeongDecember 30, 2014
    Beautiful view. Parking very limited and you'll only know spaces have filled up once you arrive at entrance. Some parking before tunnel but advisable to keep your cars at home.
  • Toyk H.
    Toyk HakimDecember 23, 2014
    breathtaking sceneery
  • Timothy D.
    Timothy DouglasDecember 1, 2014
    Keep climbing. It's worth it!
  • Kaitlin T.
    Kaitlin TNovember 24, 2014
    Worth it. Whatever it takes for you to do this, don't miss it. The views are SPECTACULAR!
  • Jeremia S.
    Jeremia SchrockOctober 14, 2014
    A great hike! Go to the top, bring plenty of water, wear close-toed shoes. Absolutely worth the trek for breathtaking views of Oahu. WWII sites an added bonus. Bring the camera!
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Austin T.
    Austin TeterOctober 10, 2014
    Bring plenty of water, you're going to need it! Also watch out for the Japanese tourists in heels, they may take a tumble. But be sure to go all the way to the top. The view is incredible. STAIRS!!
  • Chris C.
    Chris CalderonOctober 9, 2014
    Beautiful view!
  • Chris S.
    Chris SpeakmanSeptember 10, 2014
    again. for 300 times
  • Kate Y.
    Kate YanAugust 31, 2014
    Hike earlier in the day to avoid heat exhaustion. There are cabs available at the trailhead.
  • Richard B.
    Richard BowersAugust 30, 2014
    Amazing hike, great view. They sell cold water bottles, if you forget to bring one. Also, cold smoothies. Accessible by The Bus from Waikiki.
  • Michael T.
    Michael TchouAugust 26, 2014
    Brilliant views after a mile long hike up. First third is paved, then hard packed trail with gentle incline. The bunkers built into the hill are an interesting site!
  • Kirk B.
    Kirk BrightJuly 6, 2014
    Water, Hat, Sunscreen.
  • Lolitta P.
    Lolitta PulidoJune 24, 2014
    Nice view, don't go if your tired or don't want to be tired. Bring ice cold waters.
  • Aran T.
    Aran ThrasherFebruary 8, 2014
    Bring water and wear comfortable shoes.
  • Justin S.
    Justin SaineFebruary 2, 2014
    Bring your intestinal fortitude!
  • Kelly J.
    Kelly JrDecember 27, 2013
    Bring the wifi router.Take a nice view and check in there.Wear the running or trecking shoes.
  • Joe S.
    Joe SericoOctober 27, 2013
    Worth the 2 mile round trip hike including 50 flights of stairs
  • Austin G.
    Austin GrimesOctober 19, 2013
    It's a big dirt pit.
  • Dean S.
    Dean SumidaSeptember 28, 2013
    Challenging hike to the top. Stunning views.
  • Damion O.
    Damion OliverSeptember 27, 2013
    Great view over Waikiki on top I was here last week that hike was crazy and fun. Wear comfortable footwear, no slippers and bring some iced cold water.
  • Shirley RN
    Shirley RNSeptember 26, 2013
    Great work out going up! I suggest do not bring little kids, this is hard climb for them. Once up there, the view was awesome! Bring water to drink!
  • Alinda N.
    Alinda NorasingAugust 14, 2013
    When you get closer to the top, the path splits to the left and right. Go right and you are greeted with "judgment steps". Extremely steep and challenging, but shorter in distance. Test yourself!
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
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