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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
Mostly sunny. Scattered showers in the morning, then isolated showers in the afternoon. Highs 80 to 85. Southeast winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain 30 percent.
Temperature: 71.6° F
Relative Humidity: 83%
Pressure: 29.94"
Dew Point: 66.1° F

Winds from the East at 2.0 mph gusting to 12.0 mph

Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.00"

Sunrise: 6:02 AM
Sunset: 6:55 PM
Weather reported from Hawaii Loa Ridge, Honolulu, HI (KHIHONOL14)
Mostly clear with isolated showers. Lows 64 to 73. Light winds. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Mostly sunny with isolated showers in the morning, then partly sunny with scattered showers in the afternoon. Locally heavy rainfall possible in the afternoon. Highs 78 to 85. Northeast winds up to 10 mph shifting to the east in the afternoon. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Friday Night
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Lows 63 to 72. North winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Partly sunny with scattered showers. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Highs 75 to 82. North winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 4/27/2017 6:48 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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