Diamond Head

Diamond HeadDiamond Head Crater

Diamond Head is quite probably the most recognized landmark in Hawai’i.   In ancient Hawai’i,Diamond Head was known as Lae’ahi, now shortened to Lē’ahi. Lae means “brow”, and ‘ahi is a type of fish.  The name describes the shape of the crater–it looks like the brow of an ‘ahi fish.  It is said that Pele’s favorite youngest sister, Hi’iaka-i-ka-poli-o-Pele, is the one who named the crater.

Later, the crater came to be known as Diamond Head. This came to be, when the first explorers arrived on O’ahu. These sailors found what they thought were diamonds, which they later learned were actually worthless calcite crystals.  But, the name Diamond Head is the accepted name today.

Hawai’i’s Civil Defense headquarters, National Guard facilities, and the F.A.A. are all located in Diamond Head Crater.

Diamond HeadDiamond Head – Hike to the Top

The public is permitted to visit the crater and to hike the trail to Diamond Head Summit.  The peak is 760 feet and there are two sets of steps (99 steps and 76 steps) and a 225 foot tunnel.  Don’t forget to bring lots of water! Also, a flashlight is recommended for the tunnel. The hike to the top can be done in under 45 minutes and the view is well worth it.

Diamond Head – Admission

Admission to hike the trail is $1 and there is a $5 parking fee if you decide to drive.  The city bus does stop outside the crater, but it’s quite a long walk to the entrance.

Diamond Head Crater

This has been our quick introduction to Diamond Head Crater.  Our next article is set to be The Honolulu Zoo.