Volcanic landmark with military history Diamond Head State Monument - Park in Honolulu, United States



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Address

Honolulu, HI 96815, United States

Website

https://www.dlnr.hawaii.gov

Contact

+1 808-587-0300

Rating on Google Maps

4.70 (13302 reviews)

Working Hours

  • Monday: 6am to 4pm
  • Tuesday: 6am to 4pm
  • Wednesday: 6am to 4pm
  • Thursday: 6am to 4pm
  • Friday: 6am to 4pm
  • Saturday: 6am to 4pm
  • Sunday: 6am to 4pm

Amenities

  • Amenities
    • Good for kids
    • Public toilet
  • Accessibility
    • Wheelchair-accessible car park
    • Wheelchair-accessible entrance

Reviews

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  • 5Michael C. 5 months ago
    What a great experience and what a great view from the top. Being out of shape, the hike did make my wife and I work, but we made it up fairly quickly. This is more of a rugged hike compared to some of the paved bikes in Hawaii, but it’s still manageable for most people and the view is well worth it.

  • 5Mallory t. 1 month ago
    Such a gorgeous view! I would call this more of a moderate hike than easy. There are some daunting steps, but it's really worth it. Bring water, wear sunscreen, take your time and enjoy the views on the way up! Also make sure to book your reservation ahead of time! They were kind enough to work with me at the gate, but I don't know how lucky I got with slots that were left. It definitely was not crowded. There were people there but at no point was it overwhelming. Everyone was super friendly and mindful of pictures and letting everyone get that perfect picture.

  • 5Aaron J. 4 months ago
    Amazing hike with amazing views! The trail is mostly paved and easily walked by all ages. I did the loop at the top from the left, leaving the bunkers as the finale. It felt almost unreal being in these old WWII lookout positions, and I loved being able to exit through the back passageway. I got tickets in advance and started right as the park opened, so there weren't a ton of people. On the way down, I encountered several large groups, so I would definitely recommend starting early!

  • 5M. 4 months ago
    This place contains an amazing view. It does come at a cost to "vacationers", at the time of this comment, you must reserve a spot online to get a parking spot. It's well worth it. The hike to the top is quite challenging. But there are spots along the way you can stop and rest. They also have water bottle machines at the trail head before you start the hike if you would like to purchase one.

  • 5Alan M. 10 months ago
    Really enjoyed the hike to the top of Diamond Head. The trail is easy and accessible. Yes, there are a bunch of steps but come on, you are climbing up to the top of a volcano crater. Take your time and go at your own pace. Bring water and some energy bars. There is nothing available after the parking lot. Go early cuss it’s a popular place. They did a good job of metering cars into the limited parking. Highly recommended.

  • 5Gabriel H. 5 months ago
    Pretty easy hike which takes approx 30-45min. Views are amazing but be advised that it will be packed with tourists at almost any time. Also do not forget to make a reservation for the park beforehand.

  • 5Sarah H. 9 months ago
    This was a great hike! There are some cool military lookouts to explore, and amazing views of the island! We did this hike with young children, so it wasn't too strenuous. There are some pineapple smoothie food trucks in the parking lot that are worth going to! It's super yummy and a great way to end your hike.

  • 5Mathew D. 7 months ago
    Absolutely brilliant view out here. Along the trail the crater become very clear. It is quite the sight to see. Once you reach the top the view only gets better. The old bunker is pretty amazing to check out from the inside and out. And at the very top you get a very clear view of the ocean, Honolulu and the mountains in the middle of the island. Check it out it is worth the climb.

  • 5Rory S. 8 months ago
    Great hike! I definitely recommend arriving early, as the park fills up quickly. After 10, it gets really hot and the hike becomes more of a chore. Right now, there is no outdoor mandate for masks in Hawaii. The signs that say masks are required in the park appear to only be required when within six feet of others at the entrance, and when buying things, also at the entrance. There is no enforcement of masking on the hike. We chose to park at the park, which is 10$ for a vehicle and you have to wait for a spot to open up. The trade off is that your car is not likely to be broken in to while on the trail. If you've hiked other hikes in Hawaii, you know break-ins are a problem, so 10$ is worth it. After your hike, cool off with a dole whip, (pineapple ice cream), or a pineapple smoothie. There are also mango smoothies and lots of other refreshments available at the small stands towards the right of the trail entrance. There is an area with picnic tables and shade trees to the left of the trail entrance. It's 5 dollars a person to hike the trail, (unless you're local). There are 3 machines to pay for tickets, (located to the left of the trail entrance) and they accept credit cards. The attendant in the booth on the left as yoy walk towards the trail will take your receipt, or check your HI ID. The trail starts off smooth paved, and then transitions into a rocky paved, but is solid, paved ground all the way. There are a few portions with stairs, all towards the summit. Be careful on your way down the stairs, we saw 2 people almost fall, as their legs were tired from the climb. You experience that the most on the way down, believe it or not. Bring water on the hike. At least a liter per person should cover you. There is some shade in the beginning of the hike, and a cave towards the end, (no way to rest in the cave, it's stairs and a tight squeeze in passing two way traffic). Otherwise, you are exposed to the sun, especially if it is directly overhead during mid-day hours.

  • 5Austin S. 1 year ago
    Very nice park. The bus goes right to the front of the park if you don't have a rental car / live here. The hike is actually pretty fun especially when you get into the tunnel parts. Be prepared for stairs but the views at the top are quite worth it (see photos below)

  • 5Craig P. 4 months ago
    Great, well maintained hiking trail. A little narrow in spots. Not hard at all. Actually one of the easier trails I've done across the country. Most people get up in 45 minutes. If you're really in shape, you can do it even faster. All shapes and sizes easily went up and down. Definitely wear trail shoes or shoes with good grip. A lot of steps towards the top, FYI. Go in the morning or around sunset to avoid biggest crowds. Bathrooms and water/vending machines at the visitor center. Just know that now you have to make A RESERVATION ONLINE to get into the park. $5 to hike. $10 if you want to park in the lot inside the park.

  • 5william b. 9 months ago
    There is a large field that is perfect for a picnic without going on the hike, if preferred (picture included). It was a moderate hike up to the summit, the slower you go the easier it is. The trail had plenty of places to rest and allow others to pass with plenty of photo opportunities. The hike back down was a breeze, just make sure you take some water and maybe a small snack and keep all your trash until you get back down. Highly recommended for the beautiful view of the crater and surrounding area at the top, also has an interesting history to read about!

  • 5R. 1 year ago
    What an experience!!! My husband and I had NO idea what we had gotten ourselves into until we started out on our journey to climb to the top of Diamond head! Word of caution if you have small children that hate walking, don't go. If you have knee, feet, or back pain don't go. If you can not walk on rocky ground don't go. This is a journey! Now that that's out of the way, if you are looking for an experience that you'll never forget, Go! If you want an extreme stress reliver, Go!!! If you want to push yourself emotionally, mentally, and physically, Go! After we made it to the top, what a sense of joy and accomplishment we felt. It was about an hour up, and an hour down. A great memory maker!

  • 5Josh Y. 1 year ago
    Great, short hike. It can be steep, but the ground is solid. Recommend going early to avoid rush coming in around 0830-0930. Honolulu Pineapple Co is a must visit after your hike. This would be a fun trail run when not too crowded. $10 to park, $5 to walk in, $5 per person to hike the actual trail (or free with Hawaii ID).

  • 5Jaime Lopez (Focal C. 1 year ago
    Great place to visit with the family. The park is a short walk from Waikiki if you're up for another mile or two of walking. If you prefer, take an UBER and depending on your location and time of day, it would cost around $25 to $30. We paid $24 with the tip and that was early in the morning on a comfortable mini van. I suggest for anyone to get to the park as early as possible as it is not crowded before 8 am. Trail is easy and when you get to the top, the views are incredible and worth the short but warm hike! Yes, it could be warmer while on the hike.. not much air movement inside the park but once you get to the top it gets more comfortable with enough wind to co you down. Don't forget to bring water! There are refreshments at park. We chose to have them after the hike. There isn't trash containers at the top nor along the trail, so keep that in mind. Enjoy !

  • 5Max F. 1 year ago
    Awesome place in a relatively easy hike if you're in fairly good shape. I'm in my 40s and have quite the dad bod but I was able to successfully climb to the summit without too much issue. The 99 steps towards the top got a little tiring but there's another way you can go if you don't want to use the steps.

  • 5Daithí K. 1 year ago
    Loved going here. I hiked to the top with my wife after we walked around and explored the area. It’s beautiful and well worth a visit if you are in Hawaii. We walked from Waikiki and it is a pleasant walk on a nice day. If you decide to go to the top make sure to bring plenty of water and take your time. Well worth visiting if in Hawaii.

  • 5M. 1 year ago
    A very scenic hike with lots of photo spots. Fairly easy to do with a good number of rest stops. It may be difficult to park when the lot is full, you'll just have to circle and hope someone leaves.

  • 4Tessa C. 1 year ago
    There is a 5$ free for non residents. Nice place for a light hike. Kid friendly. Bring money for the pineapple stand at the entrance

  • 4Tee K. 2 months ago
    Diamond head was a great hiking challenge but quite congested and not the smoothest path to making it to the top. I recommend wearing comfortable and sturdy shoes to stay safe. And we arrived at 7am in the morning so it might be better to go as soon as it opens or 1-2 hours before closing to avoid the crowds.



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Last updated: 2022-11-15