Diamond Head Crater
The unique profile of Diamond Head (Le’ahi) sits on the eastern edge of Waikiki’s coastline – it is billed as the most famous volcanic crater in the world!
This next shot is the aerial view of the crater
(Since I forgot to bring my helicopter, I borrowed this photo from the State Park’s website, but don’t worry, I’ll give it back as soon as you are done looking at it…shhhh!)
This saucer-shaped crater was formed about 300,000 years ago during a single, explosive eruption that sent ash and fine particles in the air. As it settled, they cemented together into a rock called tuff, creating the crater.
The trail to the summit was built in 1908 as part of our coastal defense system. The mile hike from trailhead to the summit is steep and strenuous, gaining 560 feet as it ascends from the crater floor.
And YES our folks made the climb too. “Go Grammy! Go Pop-pop!”
The walk is a glimpse into the geological and military history of Diamond Head. The climb also includes steep stairs and a 225-foot tunnel.
The last task to complete on your killer climb to the top is to enter the Fire Control Station bunker. (And “Fire” doesn’t mean the flame kind, it means the shoot-a-missile kind of “FIRE.”) This station directed artillery fire from batteries in Waikiki.
(…and yes, you have to crawl out of these window thingies to get to the tippy-top!)
This is a ‘zoomed in’ shot from Waikiki beach – can you see the flat topped bunker?
Here’s my attempt at a postcard view of the shoreline of Waikiki – simply a glorious view!
The humpback whales are just finishing up their migration – we didn’t see any today though.
This navigational lighthouse was built in 1917.
Well, I can tell you that the trip back down is A LOT easier!
And when we finally reached the end of the trail we were overjoyed to see a Hawaiian Shave Ice truck in the parking lot! I’ll tell you we breathed a prayer of thanks for that! Hurray!!
“The current name “Diamond Head” was given to the crater by British sailors in the 1800’s. When they first saw the crater at a great distance, the calcite crystals in the lava rock appeared to glimmer in the sunlight. The sailors mistakenly thought there must be diamonds in the soil.”