Diamond Head State Monument

Volcano, Scenic Lookout, and Trail
Diamond Head - Kapahulu - St. Louis, Honolulu
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  • Almira V.
    "... hotter and hotter bring water and hades protect your eyes, there is a..."(15 Tips)
    Joe S.
    "Worth the 2 mile round trip hike including 50 flights of stairs"(14 Tips)
    Aimee E.
    "The view is incredible and totally worth the hike!"(55 Tips)
    Jenn C.
    "Wear comfortable shoes with traction and brig lots of water.."(5 Tips)
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  • Brandon R.
    Awesome views. If you plan to hike you'll need a couple of hours at least. Bring sunscreen.
  • Von M.
    Von MosserJune 27
    The views are well worth the hike. Bring water, you'll be glad you did. Take your time and pace your hike. It's not a race, but an accomplishment.
  • Dan W.
    Dan WrightJune 12
    Nice little hike. Bring water, sunglasses, and good shoes. Beautiful views.
  • Brian
    BrianApril 30
    Not a long hike, but does offer some great views of the Honolulu-Waikiki areas. Plenty of spots to take a break if needed. Bring water. Can be fairly busy, so parking could be tricky.
  • Michal M.
    Michal MeskoJanuary 30
    Go for a run here - you can be on the top from Waikiki in 30 minutes! Don't forget to take $1 for admission though.
  • Doug W.
    Doug WJanuary 30
    Been there, done that, got the t-shirt. OK, no shirt but they sell them. Nice view at the top, easy hike, super crowded. Park at the community college if the lot's full on the weekend, easy hike up.
  • A.D. N.
    Super easy hike, but gets packed. Bring water.
  • Stephen Z.
    Stephen ZJanuary 6
    Hiking, views
  • Ricardo J.
    Ricardo JerezDecember 10, 2016
    Just get to the top and have a beautiful panoramic view.
  • Rob
    RobAugust 8, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Go very early to avoid the crowds.
  • Ece B.
    Ece BolatJuly 31, 2016
    You would not wanna come back before seeing diamond head. Hike up is not too bad
  • Dennis B.
    Dennis BJuly 2, 2016
    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, 2016
    Go early. Full on workout gear is overkill. Wear shoes.
  • Jason O.
    Jason OzaetaMay 1, 2016
    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.
    Vandell FosterMarch 27, 2016
    Wonderful short hike. 30 min, 1.5 miles. Great view!
  • Jeremy G.
    Jeremy GrayMarch 23, 2016
    Challenging hike, but short
  • Tomiana D.
    Tomiana DeBellisFebruary 29, 2016
    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, 2016
    Nice and pleasant hike, great view at the top!
  • Sam S.
    Sam SJanuary 9, 2016
    Sunset down at the beach is great.
  • Sean K.
    Sean KauJanuary 2, 2016
    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.
  • 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
  • Jackson L.
    Jackson LauberAugust 15, 2015
    Great view definitely worth the hike
  • Biz T.
    Biz TraveldudeJuly 4, 2015
    Gotta hike the volcano
  • Matt T.
    Matt Ta-MinJune 12, 2015
    Easy walk from Waikiki, 45 mins - 1 hr. Great views then a half hour hike into the crater. Watch out though the park closes at 6pm! Don't arrive too late.
  • 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
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • 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 Jun 20
  • Babo B.
    Babo BubyFebruary 5, 2015
    Great view :-)
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Kameron S.
    Kameron SpencerSeptember 27, 2014
    Scenic and gorgeous! Even in the rain!
  • Chris S.
    Chris SpeakmanSeptember 10, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Kameron S.
    Kameron SpencerAugust 28, 2014
    Be sure to have good walking shoes and a camera! Amazing views!
  • 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!
  • Stan H.
    Stan HunterJuly 23, 2014
    Start early in the day to avoid heat.
  • 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.
  • Majo T.
    Majo TuriNovember 8, 2013
    Great hike. Sunscreen, water, comfortable shoes and go!!
  • Fran K.
    Fran KuhiaNovember 3, 2013
    So beautiful from any view
  • 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!
    Downvoted May 22
  • Kevin D.
    Kevin DoJuly 5, 2013
    Hey, friend! I hope you brought water
  • Justin S.
    Justin StoutJune 3, 2013
    If you don't like long hikes up numerous stairs that are a pain. Do not do...
  • Shani A.
    Shani AdiaJune 3, 2013
    You should definitely bring a bottle of water and wear tennis shoes! The terrain is rocky, steps are steep, and some entrances are very low (you must crawl to get to the very top). But well worth it!
  • Gieson C.
    Gieson CachoMay 6, 2013
    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.
  • Veronica L.
    Veronica LeroyMay 3, 2013
    Amazing! Wonderful view of Honolulu city from the top! Just be careful going up.
  • Alison H.
    Alison HillmanApril 26, 2013
    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.
  • steve g.
    steve gordonApril 25, 2013
    It's a very doable hike so grab some water and take your time. Also, once you're out of the tunnel take the new outdoor route to the top.
  • Todd B.
    Todd BMarch 12, 2013
    Must due in Oahu
  • Eric W.
    Eric WMarch 3, 2013
    Takes about 30-45 minutes to hike up. I would usually say go early but there are big tour groups that also go at the opening time. The top is pretty empty once they leave.
  • Gina C.
    Gina ColemanJanuary 30, 2013
    Go early and bring water!
  • John Paolo A.
    John Paolo AquinoDecember 24, 2012
    Started at 8:30am and finished at 9:45, which still gave enough time to finish before it got too hot. It's a mild hike but definitely a good exercise.
  • Shilpin M.
    Shilpin MakwanaNovember 24, 2012
    Good easy trail nice view..!! About 30 mins going up and 20 coming down. Families trailing with infants n kids
  • Matt H.
    Matt HullSeptember 26, 2012
    Wear good shoes for the hike up to the crater rim!
  • Pete
    PeteSeptember 22, 2012
    For "hiking" there is a lot of stairs.
  • Keesha
    KeeshaAugust 29, 2012
    Water & Sneakers.... leave ur kitten heels & flip flops o annnnd Ugg boots @ home!!
  • sam G.
    sam GoldbergAugust 12, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Great workout
  • Joëlle E.
    Joëlle EidJuly 13, 2012
    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.
  • Anna B.
    Anna BattleJuly 9, 2012
    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!
  • Evan[Bu]
    Evan[Bu]July 4, 2012
    This just in: Walking down Diamond Head is easier than walking up.
  • DP
    DPJuly 4, 2012
    Start at the beginning of the day ( 6 AM) when it's not really hot before the crowds and tour buses, wear good walking shoes (not "slippahs"), bring water, watch your footing on the uneven pathway.
  • fumie
    fumieJune 7, 2012
    Wear sneakers and bring lots of water!!!
  • Patrick W.
    Patrick WilliamsJune 3, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    It's about 4 miles around the volcano: KCC -> Monsaarat Ave -> Paki Ave. -> Diamond Head Rd. -> KCC.
  • Ray M.
    Ray MillerJune 2, 2012
    Wonderful view! Wear comfortable shoes! A lot of walking uphills.
  • ELS Language Centers
    Hike Diamond Head on a Saturday so you can start or finish with the farmer's market held at Kapiolani Community College. Go early to avoid the heat and crowds.
  • Sam W.
    Sam WoodMay 14, 2012
    Bring cash with you because they don't accept cards at the food trailer.
  • Tom R.
    Tom RobinsonApril 26, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    At the end of the tunnel go left. It's easier and more enjoyable.
  • FamilyFun
    FamilyFunApril 18, 2012
    Hike this famous monument and see spectacular views of Oahu’s south shore. Did you know that Mount Leahi, or Diamond Head, is an extinct volcanic crater formed 300,000 years ago? http://bit.ly/I6r4oC
  • J .
    J 🏁February 20, 2012
    Beautiful views from the top! The hike is kind of rough on hot days but it's a must!
  • Anthony M.
    Anthony MayberryNovember 30, 2011
    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!
    Upvoted Jul 20
  • Trisha Kehaulani W.
    Trisha Kehaulani WatsonNovember 30, 2011
    Residents having to pay to park or walk in is crazy, but it's $5 per car or $1 per walker. It's all paved, and it's ruined the hike.
  • Brian P.
    Brian PopeNovember 24, 2011
    Quick bus ride from Waikiki, $1 to get in on foot, about 1h30m hike round trip. AWESOME views from top!
  • Conchan C.
    Conchan ConchanNovember 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Save yourself the wait time and 5 dollars . . . . park at Kapiolani Community College and walk it!
  • Beth A.
    Beth AwaltOctober 31, 2011
    Not too challenging, but wear good footwear and bring water. The view is worth it!
  • Irina M.
    Irina MilMay 27
    Отличный вид на вайкики. Интересно побывать в кратере вулкана)
  • Toshiaki H.
    こちらからのワイキキの眺めは絵葉書のようです。
  • 병욱 이.
    병욱 이February 16
    가볍게 올라가서 와이키키 밎 오하우 일부전망을 감상하기 좋음..
  • Antonio S.
    Antonio SolanoDecember 24, 2016
    Muy buena vista , llevar agua suficiente y buen calzado
  • Carlos L.
    Carlos LoiolaDecember 29, 2015
    Passeio morno, um local bonito, porem, que de longe te passa a sensação de estar dentro de um vulcão.Após uma subida suave vc tem uma vista boa, mas nada além de boa. Recomendo o passeio com ressalvas
  • Taka 1.
    Taka 13gOctober 11, 2015
    ライトハイクに最適。昼間は避け朝か夕方がいいだろう。日本人が多く箱根気分。箱根に外人がいる感覚。後半の階段は死ぬ。
  • Elena K.
    Elena KucherenkoMay 16, 2015
    Идеальный план- посмотреть на кратер из окна маленького самолета, путешествуя на следующий остров:)
  • Alesya S.
    Alesya Sky PrincessApril 30, 2015
    Нереальное место с нереальными видами на Waikiki beach!!!👍😻✌️
  • ユウト W.
    ユウト WOctober 7, 2014
    流石にダイヤモンドヘッド頂上の景色はキレイ!
  • kowagari
    kowagariMarch 27, 2014
    往復1時間くらい。水を持っていかないときつい。
  • ישראל ב.
    ישראל ביטוןJanuary 8, 2014
    הנוף הכי יפה שראיתי בחיים
  • Ismarai N.
    Ismarai NazarettAugust 4, 2013
    Great hike 😁
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