‪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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  • Lritzcracker
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania55 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Reservations required; beautiful sunrise hike
    Beautiful hike that is fairly easy. But not for the faint of heart. It is all uphill going to the top of the crater. Wear sneakers or hiking shoes; no sandals or flip flops. Beautiful sunrise hike. There are now reservations required (and parking and entrance fee) for out of state visitors, which there didn’t used to be. But it is free and no reservation required for kama’aina (locals). Get there early for a beautiful view of sunrise and look out over the city.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written April 11, 2023
  • MLO
    5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful View
    We are not active hikers and it took us about 1.5 hours to complete. We rested here and there and stayed for about 10 mins on top. It rained for about 5 mins while we were on top, which made it harder to come back down due to the combination of downhill and slipperiness after the rain. It is recommended to wear either hiking shoes or at least sneakers and remember to purchase the admission ticket ahead of time.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 12, 2023
  • Lauren T
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Morning at Diamond Head
    We had a great morning in Diamond Head trail. We are not in good shape if at all, but we were able to finish up the top, we took our time going up, with stops along the trail for pictures and to catch our breath. This trail had some parts that may be hard going up - a few staircases, a tunnel that goes up direct after the stairs, a bunker. But the views were fantastic and must-see. Cautions: trail starts off paved, but gets to uneven dirt path 15mins in.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written April 16, 2023
  • FunFamily619
    Mexico City, Mexico54 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ohana fun times
    Diamond head surprised us with such a nice paved path, and lots more shade than anticipated. Mesquite trees lined most of the lower trail although wear sunblock for the top, but breezes prevailed. Water refill station and restrooms with soap and running water were appreciated. So many families hiking on the weekend provided a great vibe and lots of smiles. Kids and seniors of all ages hiking, with 500 vertical feet. Took us only 45 minutes, but I could see others needing breaks on the uphill. Farmers market just outside the gates on Saturday took cards and was a great relief before walking back to Waikiki. Lastly, the walk back had an art festival and the zoo.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written April 22, 2023
  • Kathy S
    30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing views
    We bought entry tickets and parking online for our visit to Diamond head. The hike is easy for general hikers, but may be challenging if you have difficulty with stairs and uneven surfaces; there are a lot of stairs to climb. The views along the way are spectacular! On a clear Day, you can see Miles from the top Lookout point. It was a misty, foggy, at times, rainy day during our hike, but we just got ourselves a rain cover at the gift shop (small kiosk) and the walk was delightful.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written April 28, 2023
  • Sandy V
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hard climb, Great views
    Climb to the rim was strenuous but the views were amazing. I took the bus from Honolulu to the park entrance. (Buses 2 and 23 take you straight there. Google maps did a good job guiding me on the routes and bus schedule. $7.50 day pass + $2 for the card). Be aware it was ~1/3 mile up hill walk from the bus stop to the parking lot in the crater. It was hot and dry in the crater (bring water). Only negative was I expected more information at the information center. There were placards along the way that talked about the military use but I would have liked to read a little more.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written April 28, 2023
  • ButterflyAussie
    24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Waikiki must-do
    Definitely worth doing. Need to prebook a time slot - I recommend do it early in the day (start no later than 9am) due to the heat and extreme crowds. It was really busy up the top but spectacular views. Not a difficult hike up but took longer because we had to wait for slower people to walk up.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written April 30, 2023
  • badgerofalltrades
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking views when clear - beautiful even when raining - worth every step!
    This was my third hike to the top and the first time doing so in the rain. I was bummed that we had zero visibility from the top but honestly it was still fun to do, even soaking wet! It’s quite a climb. Choose your own level of adventure and stop if you need to - any distance is an achievement and there are beautiful views at multiple points. On any other day than today the view alone is worth making it to the top! Wear sturdy shoes and sun protection. Bring water and a camera. If you have claustrophobia, know that you may not want to go through the tunnel (required to reach the top). If you have a fear of heights you may want to avoid the steepest stairs near the top (one of two ways up), and if you have back issues you may not want to climb into the bunker (optional). Our group was able to do what they wanted and opt out of parts they didn’t want to or couldn’t do. If I had to choose one summit hike to recommend then this would be it - safer and easier than some, amazing views, and an iconic location.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written May 1, 2023
  • Kim D
    Sebeka, Minnesota41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I DID IT!
    Hike this monument - I did and I'm severely out of shape! It was worth all of the huffing and puffing to see the view from the top. Go early in the morning and take your time - bring water but not much else. Take tons of photos and enjoy the beauty of Hawaii! One of the most memorable parts of our entire vacation.
    Visited April 2023
    Written May 1, 2023
  • pauline s
    Adelaide, Australia6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking views on an enjoyable hike
    I was looking forward to this hike and it didn’t disappoint. There are a number of opportunities to enjoy the view on the way up, so if you don’t make it to the top, it is still worth the effort. I’m in my mid 60’s and as a regular walker found it a reasonably easy hike. As per previous reviews I recommend booking early to avoid the heat. I started at 9am and it took about 90 mins with plenty of stops for photos. The views at the top were amazing.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 12, 2023
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felicia s
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
It’s a hike but the views are spectacular. Path is paved for a distance but then the terrain is rocky and uneven, at the end of the hike there are approximately 100 steps to climb. With this being said my 72 year old husband did the hike and was glad he completed it. I stopped at the end of the paved portion, I had just had a knee replaced and was concerned about the uneven terrain, I had also,completed the hike on two other occasions. Recommend making reservations with a tour group since parking and park entrance is very limited. The tour company we used dropped us off and gave us two hours to complete the hike up & back before picking us up, which was an adequate amount of time.
Written April 1, 2024
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NLS222
Appleton, WI40 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We visited Diamond Head with a tour group (we were traveling as part of a high school music department group), so we did not have to make arrangements ourselves. I cannot speak of the parking or reservation process, since those were handled by the tour company.
We visited Diamond Head in the afternoon, which was not awesome. It was hot and it wasn't long after we had eaten lunch. The hike was quite steep and uneven, so I was glad that I had sneakers on, though hiking shoes would have been better. If you are at all claustrophobic, the tunnel will feel like a little slice of Hell. Admittedly, I am not in the best shape, and I wish I had paused a few minutes to catch my breath before walking through the tunnel. I was starting to panic in the tunnel because I couldn't see the end of it climbing up, as it takes a turn to the left at the end. My younger daughter and I were the slowest in our family, so once we did get out of the tunnel, we both needed time to catch our breath and (in my case) calm down before we could continue to the top.
When I did reach the top, I appreciated the beautiful views, but it was crowded with lots of people and I saw a few teens (not from our tour group) who hopped over the fence to get better selfies or something, I guess. I half-expected to watch one of them fall to their death. Fortunately, that didn't happen, but it was disappointing to see people disregard basic safety rules.
The hike back down was easier, but hard on the knees. There are some lovely shaded spots at the bottom of the trail with benches, so we spent a little time there relaxing before it was time to leave. We saw some birds and a mongoose, so that was pretty cool.
I have hiked up Diamond Head once and that was enough.
Written March 31, 2024
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amk
roswell168 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Reservations are required to enter. There are restrooms and a small gift shop before you begin your hike up the hill. The trail to the top starts out on a paved walking path. It then changes to an uneven rock path and has a lot of steps towards the top. There is a tunnel part way up. When you exit the tunnel on the way up you have the choice of going right up a lot of stairs or going left. Left is easier but you will still encounter stairs towards the top. We made the loop by going left and then coming down the steep staircase before re-entering the tunnel on the way down. The views at the top are beautiful.
Written March 29, 2024
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Tofurry
Renton, WA1,078 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
I bought the tickets about a month prior to arrival for the 6-8am slot. It was still dark when we arrived just before 6am. People had flashlights or used their cellphones for the first 10-15 minutes of the hike before it got bright enough to not need them. We got near the top in about 1/2 hr but it was almost a stand still because everyone was hanging out to see the sunrise. Unfortunately, it was a bit cloudy so the sun went into the clouds shortly after we saw it in the horizon.

It started raining a bit on our way down but the rainbow that emerged after was worth getting a bit wet for. It took us about 40 minutes to make it back to our car. A lot fewer people were hiking up when we were going down. I think the sunrise hike must be popular.

The views at the top, on the way up and down are spectacular. This hike isn't very difficult but there are uneven areas and quite a few steps. It didn't get hot because by the time we were done, it was still 7:15am.
Written March 27, 2024
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Meegsman
Madison, WI388 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We did the sunrise hike (reservations necessary) and started in the dark. The trail is slightly uneven and tight in places, but overall not too terrible if you're in decent shape. The experience of watching the light slowly appear and then sunrise is beautiful. Summit views are fantastic and well worth the effort. Some tight spaces near the top as well as some crazy stairs. Must do if staying near/in Waikiki.
Written March 25, 2024
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Mark T
Cardiff, UK14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
The #1 thing you need to know is to get your $5 admission ticket before you go. There are no cash sales. Although tickets are timed on our day the time was irrelevant. We got out ticket using a park employee's Wifi hot spot. (Big thanks to him). Our ticket was for 4.30pm though we entered at about 11.30am.
We walked from Waikiki along Montserrat and it took about 1.15 to get to crater. Our up and back down was about a further 1.15.
Otherwise a good walk and all other advice about good shoes, water, sun block and hats from others is fully endorsed by me.
Written March 22, 2024
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travelbunny004
Seattle, WA70 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
I am not sure that I would call this a "hike" because the entire path is paved and very crowded, even with the reservation system in place. Portions of the hike are very narrow so you have to go at the pace of the crowd in front of you which can be frustrating at times. You do have nice views of Waikiki from the top but the highlight for us was exploring the pill box (bunker), perhaps because it was a respite from the heat as there is very little shade on the entire trail. I would go early in the day to avoid it. I think there are way more rewarding hikes on the island but this one is just ok if you want to stay close to Waikiki.
Written March 22, 2024
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Lisa J
Plant City, FL762 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
What an amazing place! Its a bit of a hike up to the top, but it is well worth it. It is not handicap excessible, there is no ramps or elevators and it is mostly a dirt/rock path. So if you have trouble walking I would not do this hike. There is a couple of different lookouts from the top. One looks down at a lighthouse and the other is a view of Honolulu and it is magnificent. There are bathrooms and a small gift store to buy water/rain ponchoes and snacks, along with t-shirts, umbrellas, hats... I so loved this hike, its a must see if you are in the area. Oh BTW there is a uber/lift/bus stop at the entrance.
Written March 18, 2024
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DWPCB
24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
To be honest…we went to Diamond Head to see it up close and never thought for a second we would be hiking it! Lol
After we arrived there we decided since we were there we should go ahead make the hike to the top! It took us a couple of hours…we stopped along the way to take breaks! We finally made it and the views from the top made it absolutely worth the hike! We are happy to say we did it and we got the t-shirts to say we did!! lol
Once in a lifetime experience for sure!
Written March 18, 2024
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Y S
Austin, TX52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Not an easy hike and I did stop for a few breaks but it was worth the hike and stairs. The view is amazing!! It also is a very busy nonstop hike route with lots of people so let the fast hikers go if you want to go at your own pace. Definitely wear good shoes for stairs and uneven terrain.
Written March 15, 2024
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