If you are going to do one hike while you’re in Oahu, Diamond Head should be the one. Diamond Head is a crater. It’s what remains of a volcanic explosion that occurred hundreds of thousands of years ago. You will want to get there early to beat the crowds and the heat. I recommend bringing water, sunscreen, sunglasses, snacks, and a camera of course.
The park is open from 6am to 6pm, but the last group allowed out on the trail is at 4:30pm. It’s a two mile round trip and I would set aside two hours to complete the hike. The cost is $5 per car or $1 for pedestrians entering the park. It’s a 560 foot climb. The ascend to the top is a challenge due to the quick increase in elevation. You will climb up 99 stairs and go through a dark tunnel. I was huffing and puffing all the way to the top, but don’t worry the trip back down was much easier.
We saw people of all ages and all athletic abilities doing this hike. There were people with canes and walkers going up the trail. People were in sandals and flip-flops which I don’t recommend. I highly recommend some comfortable sneakers and clothes as the terrain can be uneven . One you reach the 761 summit, all the hard work and sweat will pay off. You will have a beautiful 360 degree panoramic view of the entire city. The views were breathtaking. Don’t forget to take lots of pictures. Thank for reading!