If you live in Hawaii, you can’t hear the word “steps” and not think of Diamond Head.
I think almost every local resident and even many visitors have climbed the 100+ stairs to the top of the crater. The paths for the hike are well defined. There are steps and dark tunnels that go through old war bunkers. Depending on your pace, the trek will take one hour uphill and 45 minutes back down.
However, the views are definitely worth it.
Diamond Head got it’s name in the early 1800’s when soldiers found calcite crystals on the slopes of the crater and mistook them for diamonds. It is an extinct volcanic crater which currently houses the FAA, Civil Defense, and Air National Guard.
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