Diamond Head is a hike that is easy and very family friendly. I did this one with my daughters, mom, and aunt. I carried my youngest in my Ergo and my oldest walked most of the way. You can find this hike in Honolulu close to Waikiki. You can see the mountain from Waikiki and the view from up top is amazing.
We drove there and paid $5 for parking which is not too bad. They have bathrooms at the beginning of the hike so if you have kiddos or go frequently I recommend going before starting the hike cause that’s the only bathroom. The first part of the hike is paved and then shortly after it is a rugged, rocky path. It can be slippery in some areas but there’s rails going all the way up for you to hold on to.
Once you have finished the rugged path you will end up in an area with lots of stairs. You can either go up the old path of stairs or walk a little further and get a view from the other set of stairs. Once you’re at the top of the stairs the view is gorgeous. This hike begins in the inside of the crater and works it’s way up to the top of the rim showing off gorgeous views of all around the southeast side of the island such as Waikiki, Haunauma Bay, Koko Head, and all of Honolulu. I took several pictures with my GoPro from the very top overlooking each side of Diamond Head. The way down is much easier and faster than going up. At least for me it was like I had kids and my daughter was having a rough time going up the mountain but she made it and had a great time and that’s that she’s only three years old. She’s a trooper. Parts of this is shaded and other parts aren’t but it is always important to wear proper clothing, shoes, and sunblock. and always have water on you for hydration. For all my hikes I usually use my camel-back and fill it up with water and ice so it’s easy to hydrate as I go and easy to carry. Others use their Hydroflask as it keeps their water cold and with ice much longer.
A brief history of Diamond Head: It came to be known as a national landmark back in 1968. The hike is only about .75 miles going up and another .75 miles going down. Once you have reached the top you will see the pillboxes or bunkers which were used back in the early 1900's as lookout points for the military cause it gave such a great range of view of the whole south shore of Oahu.
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