Diamond Head

Honolulu, Hawaii 96816

Diamond Head

Diamond Head Professional Review and Guide

"The name is Le’ahi to Hawaiians. This is the most famous landmark in all Hawai’i, the classic hike everybody must do when they come to O’ahu. Wilderness it is not. From opening to closing a steady stream of hikers of all ages, sizes, and states of physical fitness (or lack thereof) puffs up and down the steps. For many locals, it’s a popular conditioning run (yes, run!). The view from the top is superb in all directions, as you would expect.

The hike is well described in the brochure you receive at the kiosk as you enter. The maps are detailed, easy to follow, and the accompanying information is interesting and entertaining. In a nutshell, however, you begin along a flat concrete walkway that gradually begins to gain elevation. The concrete ends and a trail with handrails begins zigzagging more steeply uphill."

More Diamond Head Professional Reviews and Guides

"Diamond Head, known to Hawaiians as Leahi, is recognized as Hawaii ’s most famous landmark. Once used as a military observation station, the dormant volcano is now a state monument.

The trail crosses the crater floor and climbs past several scenic overlooks, reaching the 762-foot summit at Point Leahi with postcard-perfect views. From the bunker atop the summit are incredible 365-degree panoramic vistas of Waikiki, Honolulu, Punchbowl, Koko Head, Koko Crater, the Leeward Coast and the blue Pacific."

"Diamond Head, or Le’ahi to Hawaiians, is the most famous landmark in all Hawai’i, the classic hike everybody must do when they come to O’ahu. Wilderness it is not.

From beginning to end a steady stream of hikers of all ages, sizes, and states of physical fitness (or lack thereof) puffs up and down the steps. For many locals, it’s a popular conditioning run. (Yes, run!) The view from the top is superb in all directions, as you would expect."

Diamond Head Reviews

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9/4/2018
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5/20/2017
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3/28/2010
Very nice scenery but was usually blocked by the hoards of tourists. If you like stairs than this is the hike for you.
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7/9/2009
Go in the early morning to avoid the crowds. Beautiful weather today and a leisurely walk until you encounter some stairs. I said hello in 4 different languages on this trip and it was well worth it once you get to see the views at the top. Suitable for the whole family and even a dude with a cane made it to the top. I'll be bringing my family to see it when and if they ever visit. Running shoes are ok but some people were wearing slippers and I would avoid them due to the uneven ground you have to traverse.
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6/26/2009
This is an excellent way to experience the natural beauty of Hawaii, and get a work out in. "Fitness Snobs" can continue to stay fit, AND enjoy the beauty of the island from an incredible vantage point... don't let the slow poke burger eaters bother you... they always get out to the way :-)
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9/1/2008
Not a bad hike with good views at the top and suitable for the entire family. I went with family members that are not in the best of shape and they found the climb to leave them breathless at times and were able to make the top. Once you get there the views are very nice, worth the climb. I did not run into many people and only one person asking for donations to "maintain the trail." Give him $2 and get a stamped "I made it" type of paper with a Hawaiian seal.
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9/20/2007
I did this hike just because if you go to Oahu, you're suppose to do this so that you can say you did. It is extremely controlled, no risk of danger. It is open, so wear a hat to protect you from the sun. Bring plenty of water to avoid dehydration. There is a total of 262 steps (off and on) that you will have to tackle (I counted them on the way down), so take your time if you have heart problems or are not in the best shape. Don't let this deter you, the view is amazing from the top. Let the fitness snobs run past you and just enjoy the breeze at your own pace.
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10/2/2005
My four year old and seven year old girls had no problems going up or down...
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8/12/2001
This trail is good for beginners, and the occasional nonbeginners that are looking for a nice walk or jog to the top. You can run to the top if you choose; I ran it twice with my best time being 17 min and 36 sec. DO NOT COME WHEN IT RAINS!!
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4/1/2001
Within the past few months, the trail has been under construction. The trail has a user fee of $1.00 per person. And the trail is limited to weekend use only. Please check with your travel guide or local hotel regarding hours. The trail can be challenging to those who have breathing problems or knee problems due to the 90 plus stairs you need to ascend or decend. Unfortunately, I was not that thrilled with this hike. By the time I climbed, crawled,bumped and inched my way through crowds and darkness to the top, there were people up there selling their nature trail tours. And a gentleman playing the ukelele for donations. Too commercialized. As for the view, it was awesome to see how commercialized the leeward side of the island has become (with all the houses, buildings and such) Don't expect to see rainforests on this hike. . . It simply doesn't happen. If you're the type of person who says "Been there, Done that, etc" then go on this hike. But if you want peace, solitude and nature, skip this one.
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Trail Information

Honolulu
Nearby City
1.6
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
45 minutes to 1 hour
Duration
Year-round
Season
USGS Honolulu
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Oct 2018