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This image of Diamond Head was taken from my Hotel on the 42nd floor.

The Diamond Head Summit trail hike is likely the most popular hike in Oahu, and for good reason. While fairly steep, this moderate 1.5-mile round-trip hike starts from the middle of the Diamond Head volcano crater and climbs about 560 feet up the side to the top of the rim.

The Diamond Head crater is more than 3,500 feet in diameter and is part of the Hawaiian volcano chain from more than a half million years ago (don't worry, it has been dormant for at least 150,000 years now). The crater is also called “Le'ahi,” which means “brow of the tuna” in Hawaiian. It got the name Diamond Head almost 200 years ago when British sailors believed there were diamonds in the side of the crater. Although none were found, the name stuck.

The trail was built in 1908 as part of the Oahu coastal defense system. The World War II bunkers on top now support antennas used by the government.

The trail starts on a paved path before climbing several steep switchbacks leading to the first set of stairs. After the stairs you will climb through a tunnel and then climb up another set of stairs before reaching the bunkers at the top of the rim. Once on top you can climb up to the top of the bunkers for 360-degree views of the island, with Waikiki not too far away.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:EF24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:10 Oct 2012 - 10:00 AM
Focal Length:24mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/3.2
Shutter Speed:1/4000sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Diamond Head
Username:lesliea lesliea
Uploaded:13 Nov 2012 - 4:09 AM
Tags:Landscape / travel
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prabhusinha
prabhusinha e2 Member 6prabhusinha vcard India3 Constructive Critique Points
13 Nov 2012 - 4:25 AM

A fantastic perspective.

Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
13 Nov 2012 - 5:26 AM

What a great photo you have here ! I think the city skyline contrasted against the volcanic mountain works very well and I like it Smile Hope you at least looked for a diamond when you were there Smile

RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
13 Nov 2012 - 5:56 AM

An image of contrasts, Allen, with the high rise (?commercial) area contrasting with the residential area across the river, and all backed by the walls of the extinct volcano. I bet you were glad you were on the 42nd. floor and thus able to capture this impressive view.
Ronnie.

SUE118
SUE118 e2 Member 6SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Nov 2012 - 7:39 AM

Wow what a view and hope you enjoyed it.

andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Nov 2012 - 8:08 AM

brilliant detail and light thats one stunning view nice one Wink
andy

canonfan
canonfan  4 United Kingdom
13 Nov 2012 - 9:15 AM

A splendid view Allen and very well composed and captured
Jim

EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
13 Nov 2012 - 9:54 AM

What a wonderful view you had. Well composed and captured ... and enjoyed the info too.

Ann

NeilWigan
NeilWigan e2 Member 4NeilWigan vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
13 Nov 2012 - 4:40 PM

sunset/rise from there must be stunning.

moiral
moiral e2 Member 4moiral vcard Scotland
13 Nov 2012 - 6:32 PM

Certainly a room with a view. Moira

kirkoid
kirkoid  3 England1 Constructive Critique Points
14 Nov 2012 - 5:45 AM

Cracking capture that brings back memories from our visit a couple of years ago. Cant wait to go back.
Dave

Humblebee
Humblebee  2 England
14 Nov 2012 - 10:16 PM

A beautiful image with a great backdrop ... Carol Grin

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