Diamond Head State Monument Hike

Diamond Head Hike

If you’re looking for an amazing hike with incredible views, Diamond Head State Monument is the place to be. Located in Waikiki, this state park offers a moderate 0.8-mile hike from the center of the park to the ridgeline, where hikers are rewarded with stunning views of Waikiki and Honolulu. The history of Diamond Head is just as impressive as its views – it was named by British sailors in 1794 after they mistook calcite crystals on the slopes for diamonds. And in 1908, it became a state park. So, whether you’re looking for a challenging hike or a leisurely stroll, Diamond Head Monument is definitely worth your time!

The History of Diamond Head State Monument

Diamond Head is a volcanic tuff cone on the Hawaiian island of Oahu and known to Hawaiians as “Lēahi.” It was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1968. As part of Hawaii’s Diamond Head State Monument, Diamond Head is also recognized as a U.S. National Historic Landmark. Diamond Head provides an excellent vantage point for viewing Honolulu, Waikiki, Koko Head and Molokai. Diamond Head is such an iconic feature of the Honolulu skyline that it is visible from almost every spot-on Waikiki Beach. The Diamond Head Lighthouse sits just outside of Diamond Head crater and has been guiding ships since 1917. You can hike to the top of Diamond Head and enjoy sweeping views of Honolulu and the Pacific Ocean. The trail to the summit was built in 1908 as part of Oahu’s coastal defense system. The ascent up steep stairs and through a lighted 225-foot tunnel takes about an hour. At the summit, you’ll see bunkers on the crater rim and get unparalleled views of Honolulu, Waikiki Beach and beyond.

How to Get to Diamond Head Monument

Diamond Head State Monument is located on the southeastern tip of Oahu, about three miles from Waikiki. There are several ways to get to Diamond Head, but the best way is to take the local tour companies. Diamond Head Road can be accessed from either Makapu’u Avenue or 18th Avenue in Honolulu. If you’re coming from Waikiki, the best way to get to Diamond Head Road is to take Kalakaua thru Waikiki and take Monserrat Avenue by Kapiolani Park about 1 mile to the park entrance. Diamond Head State Monument is open daily from 6am to 6pm, and the trailhead is located adjacent to the parking lot. There is a small entrance fee, but it’s well worth it for the stunning views of Honolulu and Waikiki that you’ll get from the top of Diamond Head.

What You’ll Find at Diamond Head Monument

The State of Hawaii has announced that advanced reservations will be required for out-of-state visitors at Diamond Head State Monument, beginning May 12, 2022. The implementation of this system is intended to reduce environmental impacts sustained by foot traffic, vehicle congestion in the park and surrounding neighborhoods, and improve the experience of kamaʻāina and visitors enjoying the monument. Diamond Head is an iconic landmark on the island of Oʻahu and is popular with tourists and locals alike. The new reservation system will help preserve this landmark for future generations.

Diamond Head Hike
Diamond Head Hike to the Summit
Hawaii Turtle Tour


  • Adult $21.00
  • Child $21.00
  • Tour Length 3 hours
  • All children allowed on this tour
  • Shuttle Departure from Waikiki: 6:20 a.m
  • Returns back to Waikiki: 9:20 a.m
  • Shuttle Departure from Waikiki: 8:20 a.m
  • Returns back to Waikiki: 11:20 a.m.
  • Tax not included


  • Transportation to the crater
  • Complimentary bottle of water
  • Map/brochure of Diamond Head
  • Park fees


  • Comfortable shoes
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses


  • Participants should not have a serious fear of heights
  • Not recommended for persons with heart, neck, back, or joint problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant women
  • Participants must be physically fit
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