Diamond Head Crater Hike

One of the most iconic landmarks on the island of Oahu is Diamond Head. This crater juts out beyond the Honolulu skyline, framing the cityscape perfectly.

Diamond Head | Jet Set With Mary

This is one of the more popular places to hike on Oahu, and many tourists mark it as a “must-do” while here on the island. Last weekend, Pete asked me, “Want to tackle a new hike today?”

“Sure, which one are you thinking?” I replied.

“How about Diamond Head?”

This was one that we hadn’t yet hiked, although we did hike the other crater nearby, Koko Head. (Note: Koko Head is not a hike for the weary or weak of spirit; it’s a dizzying trek straight up the crater.) Taking a nice family hike sounded like a good idea, so we packed our baby-toting hiking backpack, lots of water and sunscreen, and we were off!

Diamond Head | Jet Set With Mary

Diamond Head | Jet Set With Mary

To reach the top of the hike, one must climb up a fair amount of stairs; some are straight and some are circular.

Diamond Head | Jet Set With Mary

I was surprised to learn that there were several bunkers atop Diamond Head; I hadn’t realized that this crater was previously part of a military effort. To learn more about Diamond Head’s military history, please click here.

Diamond Head | Jet Set With Mary

Images credit: Jet Set With Mary

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