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Diamond Head

By lesliea
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.

Tags: Landscape and travel

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13 Nov 2012 4:25AM
A fantastic perspective.

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Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
13 Nov 2012 5:26AM
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 Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
13 Nov 2012 5:56AM
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.
SUE118 Plus
9 8 1 United Kingdom
13 Nov 2012 7:39AM
Wow what a view and hope you enjoyed it.
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
13 Nov 2012 8:08AM
brilliant detail and light thats one stunning view nice one Wink
13 Nov 2012 9:15AM
A splendid view Allen and very well composed and captured
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
13 Nov 2012 9:54AM
What a wonderful view you had. Well composed and captured ... and enjoyed the info too.

NeilWigan Plus
7 17 16 England
13 Nov 2012 4:40PM
sunset/rise from there must be stunning.
moiral 8 12 Scotland
13 Nov 2012 6:32PM
Certainly a room with a view. Moira
14 Nov 2012 5:45AM
Cracking capture that brings back memories from our visit a couple of years ago. Cant wait to go back.
Humblebee 5 1 England
14 Nov 2012 10:16PM
A beautiful image with a great backdrop ... Carol Grin

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