Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson
DIAMOND HEAD STATE PARK
April 27, 2021
Hours: 6 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily except Wednesday
Price: parking fees - $10 for nonresidents / free for residents (with valid ID);
entry fee - $5 for non residents / free for residents (with valid ID) *credit card only
Hawaii's most recognized landmark, Diamond Head (Le‘ahi), is known for its historic hiking trail, stunning coastal views, and military history. In ancient times, navigational fires were lit on the mountain to guide canoes traveling along the coast. Now, it is home to a nearly two-mile hike with views looking out to Oahu's eastern and southern shores.
The Hawaiian name for Diamond Head Le‘ahi, means "brow of the tuna". It wasn't until the 1800's that it received its current name when British sailors mistook calcite crystals in the lava rock to be diamonds.
The trail to the summit of Diamond Head was built in 1908 as part of O‘ahu's coastal defense system. The 0.8 mile hike from trailhead to the summit is steep but is classified as an easy to moderate hike, meaning it is suitable for all hikers. Throughout the hike, you’ll walk narrow pathways, climb two sets of stairs, and stop at a series of scenic lookout spots. Diamond Head is one of O‘ahu's most popular and heavily visited destinations in the state - in fact, about 3,000 people hike the volcano daily.
The last entrance to hike the trail i sat 4 p.m. The gates lock at 6 p.m. daily and all visitors must be out of the park by this time.
NO PETS ARE ALLOWED IN THE PARK EXCEPT SERVICE ANIMALS.
Allow 1.5 - 2 hours for your hike. Wear good walking shoes, comfortable clothes, bring water, and wear a hat and sunscreen.