‪Diamond Head State Monument

‪Diamond Head State Monument

‪Diamond Head State Monument
4.5
Hiking TrailsScenic Walking Areas
6:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
This dormant volcano crater is one of Honolulu’s major natural landmarks, known for its history, amazing hikes, and stunning coastal views. The way to the summit is an easy-to-moderate hike up—though there's a steep flight of steps—and you'll be treated to some of the best views on the island. There are also many lookouts surrounding the crater. If you have limited mobility, don't worry, multiple other hikes within the park are accessibility friendly. It can get busy (and hot!) so try to reach early in the morning and bring sunscreen and plenty of water. Online reservations are required for non-residents but are often included in guided tours of Diamond Head. – Tripadvisor
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  • Joe M
    10 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Crowded, more walk than a hike
    It is a popular place, as a result or stars, as you have to fight people coming down, as well as others slower than you or faster than you going up. But it is well worth it. You can see the creator you can see Honolulu, Waikiki, beach, and other beaches you can view. Koko crater at a distance. Steps are provided at the steepest points toward the top. The first 25% of the path is paved. The rest is volcanic subsurface. The views are worth it if you can get around the other people.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 2 March 2023
  • 19Mary_Ann51
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Made it to the top!
    This was a once in a lifetime for me. I’m 71 and worried I wouldn’t be able to make the climb but we took our time and used the rest stops and we made it. Breathtaking view. Don’t miss seeing the lighthouse sitting on a ledge above the ocean and explore inside the bunker. Must sign up ahead of time on line.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 4 March 2023
  • kees12019
    27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breath taking
    Hiking to the top of Diamond Head is breathtaking in more ways than one. The view is amazing. There were quite a few people that seemed to be short of breath. The hike is challenging but not too hard. There are a LOT of steps! I am glad we went in he morning because it seemed to be getting pretty hot by he t8me we left. We took the Waikiki Trolley Green Line t9 get there. Becca, our driver, was great and funny. She pointed out all the good places to eat.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 4 March 2023
  • Nina
    Chicago, Illinois14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just breath taking
    It was a somewhat hard hike for people with bad knees since it’s a lot of stairs, but the view is 100% worth it. We went at 6am and it wasn’t too crowded but when leaving the parking lot was filled. Also make sure to get reservations online about a week before your trip!
    Visited October 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 March 2023
  • Humble-Villain
    Stockton, Utah2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hiking in a Crater
    Great view, and it was an easy hike. Makes me want to go hiking a lot more often. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone visiting Hawaii, the cost of going their is really cheap as well.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 6 March 2023
  • rencar
    Lowell, Massachusetts96 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Reservations required
    We seemed to have missed that reservations for parking and hiking were required. The staff was helpful giving us information on how to make a same day hiking reservation but we were out of luck with parking. Luckily there’s a small lot nearby and we also saw folks taking The Bus Nice climb though if you’re not generally somewhat active you might find it challenging. It was fairly crowded so be prepared to be patient. Wear close toed shoes and bring water. Terrific views once you get to the top. Njoy!
    Visited March 2023
    Written 7 March 2023
  • Shane and Tonya H
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go early
    The views were amazing! We hiked early morning and got to watch the sunrise. It was amazing! My kids, ages 11,8 and 7, and my 50-60-ish years old parents were able to do this hike. And we all had a wonderful time despite the incredibly wind day.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 8 March 2023
  • amybmomof3
    30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sunrise Hike
    We had reservations for the sunrise hike on the first day of our trip (from the east coast, so with the time difference, we were wide awake for it). It was dark at the start, but that is the paved portion of the trail, it started to get brighter even before technically sunrise. Some people had headlamps, but we were fine with just the flashlights on our phones and did not need those by about 6:20AM. The trail was wet when we went, but there are rails for most of it and I was able to get to the top in time to see the sunrise (I broke my ankle badly less than a year before the hike which required 2 surgeries and I still walk with a limp and I could make it to the top in time). The highlight for me was getting to witness a proposal at sunrise at the top - everyone who witnessed it began to clap and it was truly a special moment to get to see. The views were amazing, I highly recommend visiting!
    Visited February 2023
    Written 10 March 2023
  • Stacy Strickland
    Seattle, Washington958 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great hike
    We went early in the morning, in hopes that it wouldn't be too crowded. It wasn't... and we had a lovely hike. We managed to time our hike in between rain showers, which was great. Although due to the weather, we had limited visibility at the top.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 March 2023
  • Marie G
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Diamond Head
    The views are spectacular along the way and especially from the top. Lots of steps and steep inclines. Water, sunscreen, a snack, and good shoes are a must. Go early in the morning before it gets too hot.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 March 2023
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Joe M
San Diego, CA36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
That was a good short hike up a monumental site with my family. It was a good way to exercise and see a beautiful view of downtown Waikiki and the Pacific Ocean. The lookout point was a unique opportunity to experience the military's viewpoint during WWII.
Written 29 February 2024
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Val G
8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
This is a great hike but caution to those who have difficulty getting around. I was there with my daughter & I am a 62 year old that has knee problems but am very active so thought I could do this, no problem. I read the description of the hike & thought I’ll just wear my knee sleeve & take it slow & I’ll be ok. While the description mentions steep stairs what it doesn’t tell you is that sometimes you are walking on rocks (no stairs) & there is not a handrail on both sides so when we were coming down if someone was coming up & using the handrail on their side, there was nothing for me to hang on to. If I visit again (with my husband) I’ll let him do the hike & I’ll wait at the bottom
Written 28 February 2024
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resign70
75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Great walk. Worth doing. Walk throught the tunnel that goes under the edge of the crater to access the interior and visitor centre. Admition is $5. We'll worth it. I recommend the self guided audio tour. It explains the military history of this site.
Written 24 February 2024
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Alistair B
Delta, Canada40,195 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
I went there on Tuesday Afternoon February 20 2024 after booking my online reservation which costs $5 + a fee which makes The price $6.15 for one person & gets you a one hour time slot.It was hot so bring sunscreen & water the trailer gets progressively twisty narrow & vertical leading up to The Top.I recommend that you might want to go earlier as some of the people doing this walk weren't exactly quick or in this best shape.I could've made it up to the Summit & back in about 40 minutes if there wasn't slow people that wouldn't move aside.On a scale I think this is a fair challenge but I think it isn't as tough as going up The Law in North Berwick in Scotland Diamond Head & The Law are both of a similar height Diamond Head is just a bit over a Hundred + feet higher but there's no steps to lead you to the Apex at The North Berwick Law & Hill Of The Cross in Holguin Southern Cuba now those massive steps now those make that a workout & then some on a hot day there.
Written 20 February 2024
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Allison, Carl B
New York City, NY33 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Amazing views, worth the hike. Definitely make reservations ahead of time and try and go as early as possible. The trail is not technical or very long, but can be a little uneven. It's very narrow, steep and crowded. The only bathrooms are at the trail head and you can buy and refill water bottles there too.
Written 16 February 2024
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framic69
120 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Awesome views climbed the trail to the top, it took about 1 hour to get to the top. The climb was challenging, but doable for most abilities.
Written 11 February 2024
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Doug S
Escondido, CA179 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
If you enjoy scenic views and are in moderately good shape, this is a must-do hike.

Don't expect a bucolic experience; even with the reservation system there will be a steady stream of people chugging uphill / downhill.

In less than a mile you get a variety of experiences - paved trail, rocky trail, metal stairs, and a tunnel.

The summit outlook is the prize, but there are a couple of other observation decks partway up which are also worth checking out.

Be sure to make online reservation in advance. You have to pick a one-hour entry window.

I took the public bus from Waikiki. It stops near the park entrance road, then you walk approximately 10 minutes to the staging. are. I saw quite a bit of misinformation online, implying it was difficult to get to the park without a car. Use Google maps, look for the entry road and you can see which bus routes service the nearby stops.

There are restrooms, benches and picnic tables near the staging area.
Written 7 February 2024
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Tor B
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Need reservations from Hawaii state park srevice! Be prepared to walk up the side of the crater. Great view from the top. Bring water, take your time.
Written 5 February 2024
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Emma W
Auckland, New Zealand663 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
I see a lot of people complaining about needing to purchase tickets in advance, but it makes the walk so much better. We walked Diamond Head in November, which is supposed to be low season and there were constant lines of people walking up and down the mountain. I hate to think what it was like before they introduced the ticketing system.

It is an easy walk for those with moderate or above fitness. People kept talking about how hard the 100 stairs were, but we never found any stairs that were hard. The rocks are slippery even when it is dry so make sure your footwear has good grip.

The top gets very crowded so bring your patience and you will get your photo opportunity.
Written 2 February 2024
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EaglesFan27
Reading, PA642 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We hiked Diamond Head on a weekday morning in January. It’s very popular all year so be sure to make a reservation. It took about 2 hours round trip and that was with taking pictures and following behind other hikers. The views are spectacular!
Written 30 January 2024
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