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Lēʻahi

(Diamond Head)

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Lēʻahi (Diamond Head)

What: Iconic state monument with a panoramic view of Honolulu
Where: Five minutes east of Waikīkī
Reservations: *NEW* Beginning May 12, 2022, reservations will be required for out-of-state visitors. Park hours, visitor entrance fees, and more information are available through the Division of State Parks website.
 
The iconic silhouette of Lēʻahi (Diamond Head) State Monument sits along the Honolulu skyline just beyond Waikīkī. This 760-foot tuff crater is one of Hawaiʻi's most famous landmarks.


History of Lēʻahi

Known as Lēʻahi (brow of the tuna) in Hawaiian, the crater was named Lēʻahi Head by 19th century British sailors who thought they discovered diamonds on the crater's slopes. These "diamonds" were actually shiny calcite crystals that had no value. Formed more than 100,000 years ago, the crater was used as a strategic military lookout beginning in the early 1900's and was named a National Natural Landmark in 1968. Today, Lēʻahi Head is a popular hiking destination with panoramic views of Waikīkī and Oʻahu's south shore.


Visiting Lēʻahi

It only takes a short drive or bus ride to get to Lēʻahi Head Crater from Waikīkī. This moderately challenging trail includes two sets of stairs, totaling 175 steps, as well as dark, underground tunnels and old military bunkers that require a flashlight. The stunning views that greet you at the top of Lēʻahi Head are well worth the effort.
 
If you plan to hike on Saturday morning, don’t forget to stop by the Kapiʻolani Community College Farmer’s Market—Oʻahu’s premier farmers market showcasing locally grown food and produce—across the street from the monument entrance on Monsarrat Avenue. In fact, there are a few notable cafes and restaurants lining Monsarrat that will make for a great pre- or post-Diamond Head meal.


Lēʻahi Visitor Information

Open daily, 365 days a year, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., including holidays. Parking at Lēʻahi Head State Monument is limited. To avoid the crowds, visit the monument in the afternoon between the hours of 1 and 4 p.m. Last entrance to hike the trail is 4:30 p.m. Admission is $5 per cars and $1 per pedestrian.