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Diamond Head (Leahi) [1 hike report]

Hawaii > Oahu > Waikiki
Summary
Length1.7 mi
Elev. Gain520 ft
Difficulty1 / 5
Rating8 / 10
TypeView
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.
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Best time to go
Before 9am or after 4pm - round the year

Cost
Parking lot fee - $5

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Hike Featured In...
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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
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. Haze. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Lows 63 to 70. Light winds becoming northeast around 10 mph in the late evening and overnight. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Currently
Temperature: 72.7° F
Relative Humidity: 91%
Pressure: 30.09"
Dew Point: 70.0° F

Winds from the North at -9999.0 mph gusting to -999.0 mph

Precipitation
Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.00"

Sunrise: 6:56 AM
Sunset: 6:32 PM
Weather reported from Nuuanu - Punchbowl, Honolulu, HI (KHIHONOL37)
Forecast
Friday
Partly sunny with scattered showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Highs around 79. North winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Friday Night
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Lows 64 to 71. Light winds. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Saturday
Partly sunny with scattered showers. Highs around 79. Light winds becoming northeast around 10 mph late in the afternoon. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Saturday Night
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Lows 65 to 72. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph early in the morning. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 2/22/2018 6:54 PM
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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
Weather:Sunny
Crowds:Busy
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