Thursday 7/12/17 was the morning I was to take the trail up to Diamond Head as the Tuesday 2 days before I made the attempt to and as I walked from Waikiki to the entrance only to find it was closed for trail maintenance from 12pm to 6pm daily - Bummer - So Thursday morning I took the bus up there before hiring my car for the trip up to the North Shore of the Island where I was to spend the next 12 days.
When I arrived to pay my 1 Dollar park entrance fee (This has not increased since i can remember hiking this trail many years ago, As I saw the early morning crowds appear I was like a man on a mission to pass as many people as possible. Powering up through the valley floor then climbing the switch back up the crater and onto a hellish steep stair case, for a long tunnel and eventually to be in the face of a military bunker in prime position ready to fire back at the Japanese. Once crawling through the gap it was a short stair climb to the top of Diamond head.. Where I was treated by the masses of the early morning rush. Next time a Sunrise up here would be just perfect inPARADISE -
DIAMOND HEAD STATE MONUMENT
The unique profile of Diamond Head (Lē‘ahi) sits near the eastern edge of Waikiki’s coastline. Hawaii’s most recognized landmark is known for its historic hiking trail, amazing coastal views, and military history. Diamond Head State Park
encompasses over 475 acres, including the interior and outer slopes of the crater.
This broad, - shaped crater was formed about 300,000 years ago during a single, explosive eruption that sent ash and fine particles in the air. As these materials settled, they binded together into a rock called tuff, creating the crater, and which is visible from the trail in the park. Most of the vegetation and birds were introduced in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
The trail to the summit of Lē‘ahi was built in 1908 as part of O‘ahu’s coastal defense system. The 0.8 mile hike from trailhead to the summit is steep and strenuous, gaining 560 feet as it ascends from the crater valley floor. The walk is a glimpse into the geological and military history of Diamond Head. A paved walkway built to reduce erosion shifts to a natural tuff surface about 0.2 mile up the trail with many switchbacks traversing the steep slope of the crater interior. The ascent continues up steep stairs and through a lighted tunnel to enter the Fire Control Station completed in 1911. Built on the summit, the station was to direct artillery fire from batteries in Waikiki and Fort Ruger outside Diamond Head crater - At the summit, you’ll see old bunkers -
# Daily 6 am to 6 pm, every day of the year including holidays.
#Last entrance to hike the trail is at 4:30 pm. The gates are locked at 6:00 pm daily and all visitors must be out of the park by this time.
#Entrance Fee Individuals:
$5.00 per car or $1 per person for pedestrians. CASH ONLY.
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