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Diamond Head (Leahi) [1 hike report]

Hawaii > Oahu > Waikiki
Length1.7 mi
Elev. Gain520 ft
Difficulty1 / 5
Rating8 / 10
The Diamond Head or Leahi hike is not as strenuous as it is hyped to be. The Leahi was formed from a single eruption, about 300,000 years ago. The crater was named by Western explorers who mistook the calcite crystals in the area as diamonds. The trail does not offer a lot in terms of Hawaiian flora and fauna.

Presently, the trail follows the same path as that of 1908 mule trail of the government. Starting at the back of the parking lot, the trail rises gently from a 200 feet elevation. Along the concrete path, you will come across the old beams of a pistol range site. After following the mule path for sometime, you will come across a concrete landing to your left, where you can rest a bit.

After a long rocky walk, you will come to a steep stairwell of 74 concrete steps, leading to a tunnel. You will also come across a fire control station in your trail. Once you reach the peak, you will have to follow the same route back.

Best time to go
Before 9am or after 4pm - round the year

Parking lot fee - $5

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Trailhead Location
GPS Coordinates:
21° 15.807' N
157° 48.333' W

Driving Directions:
Follow the Monsarrat Avenue as it becomes the Diamond Head Road and then you will find the entrance to the Diamond Head State Monument to your right. You will have to drive through a long tunnel, which will lead you directly to the parking lot.
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Weather Report for Honolulu, HI
Occasional showers. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Highs 70 to 79. Northeast winds around 15 mph shifting to the southeast in the late morning and afternoon. Chance of rain near 100 percent.
Temperature: 60.0° F
Relative Humidity: 86%
Pressure: 29.78"
Dew Point: 55.7° F

Winds from the North at 2.0 mph gusting to 3.0 mph

Last Hour: 0.08"
Today: 0.60"

Sunrise: 6:00 AM
Sunset: 6:56 PM
Weather reported from Hawaii Loa Ridge, Honolulu, HI (KHIHONOL14)
Mostly cloudy with showers likely. Haze. Lows 60 to 67. Southeast winds around 10 mph with gusts to 25 mph shifting to the southwest after midnight, then shifting to the southeast early in the morning. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Mostly cloudy with showers likely. Haze. Highs 73 to 81. South winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.
Monday Night
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Haze. Lows 64 to 71. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph until early morning becoming light. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Mostly cloudy with showers likely. Haze. Highs 75 to 83. East winds around 10 mph until mid morning becoming light, then becoming southeast around 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 60 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 4/30/2017 4:46 AM
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Diamond Head (Leahi) - by MrskatiegrimmSunday, September 12, 2010
this was my second time on this hike this time around I brought my almost 6 year old son. we both hiked with no problems. I am always surprised how many people show up in their slipper/flip flops, as the trail is very uneven and rocky. even though this hike is under 2 miles, I would say tennis shoes are a must. In my opinion, not a very pretty hike, which is why I rated this hike a 7. still, well worth the time to see the summit view. Including our shaved ice reward at the end, it took u.....
Miles Hiked:2
Trail Condition:Good
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