Hiking Diamond Head State Monument and Exploring Waikiki Beach! Hawaii, Day 6

I went to Hawaii! Hawaii is actually paradise and this trip was one of the best trips I’ve ever been on. This is the sixth day of my week-long adventure, so check back in soon for the upcoming posts of my adventure!

On my sixth day in Hawaii, my first full day on Oahu, I headed to the iconic Diamond Head State Monument. Diamond Head is a dormant volcano called Lē‘ahi, as well as an old watchtower for the military from the early 1900’s and has been featured in many movies. There is a Visitor Center in the crater of the volcano and a hike to the rim of the volcano.

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It is only $1 for pedestrians walking into the park and $5 for a car. There is very limited parking, so it’s probably best to get there early if you want a parking spot. The bus has a stop at the base of volcano, outside the park and you must walk up the volcano to get to the base of the trail head. It’s $2.50 for a single bus ride or $5.50 for a day pass. I, personally, took an Uber to the Visitor Center and from Waikiki, it was about $12 one way.

The hike to the summit is 0.8 miles, so 1.6 miles round-trip. The hike is very strenuous and gains 560 feet as it ascends from the crater floor.

The hike begins on a paved trail but once it reaches the actual climb to the top, it turns into a primarily rocky hike up. Once you get towards the top, it turns into a stair climb. And to get to the very top, it’s more stairs. To be perfectly honest, I thought that it was a very challenging hike.

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There were a TON of people hiking when I went at about 10am.

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Look at how many people there were on the hike! There were actually a few dozen more people on the hike than in this photo.

While the hike was very strenuous, the view at the top was absolutely gorgeous and well worth the challenge!

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View inside of the crater
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Beautiful views of the beach, downtown skyscrapers, and Diamond Head.

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After my hike, it was only noon so I still had the entire day to explore Waikiki.

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I found this cute little “Aloha” sign on the side of the Lulu Lemon store, and I absolutely loved the giant monstera deliciosa plants found all around the Hawaiian islands! There are also alley’s filled with surfboards in Waikiki, which was really cool!

After wandering around Waikiki beach, I found the Kapiʻolani Regional Park, where you can find the Honolulu Zoo, Waikiki Aquarium, giant Banyan Trees, and the Waikiki Marine Life Conservation District. 

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Spot the Emmalee in the Banyan Tree

After my hike and adventuring around Waikiki, I went home and spent the day relaxing.

And that’s it for day six of my Hawaii adventures! Please check back in soon for my next post!

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Thank you for reading! Have you ever visited Oahu or Diamond Head State Monument? Do you want to?? Let me know in the comments below and like this post if you want more like it!

Xoxo’s

Emmalee

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