If you’ve ever heard anything about Hawaii, I’m sure somebody has mentioned the beautiful Volcanic crater they call Diamond Head, or Leahi! The 475 acres known as Diamond Head State Monument was formed over 300,000 years ago as the result of it’s own volcanic eruption and is now one of Hawaii’s most recognized landmarks!
As I approached this natural beauty for the first time, I couldn’t believe how high the peak was. All I could think was, am I really going to hike this today – the sandy beach sounds so much better… I could see my final destination, and I don’t think my legs were quite ready for it. But I parked the car anyway and grabbed a bottled water at the food truck located near the starting point. Believe it or not, I actually don’t mind hiking. It’s just the anticipation that gets me. Then, once I get started – I’m golden!
The hiking trail is a whopping .8 miles and was built in 1908 as part of the coastal defense system of Oahu. You start out on a smooth cement pathway with just the slightest incline – no big deal. I suggest wearing a decent pair of shoes though, because after about .2 miles the pathway shifts to a more natural, rugged trail. Throughout your hike, there are a few places to snap a picture of the beautiful Hawaii terrain, and maybe even to take a breather. But don’t stop there!! Getting to the top is what it’s all about! As you ascend up the crater, you will come across steep stairs and into a tunnel which leads you through the Fire Control Station – you’re almost there! Just outside of the tunnel you have a choice – take the scenic route and check out your view on the way up, or take the spiral staircase straight up past the bunkers that were built in the early 1900’s. Either way you choose, the view from the top is incredible. But don’t take my word for it – visit Hawaii and see for yourself!