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Bring a hat, sunscreen, and water. Pretty crowded but beautiful at the top!

The hike was worth it when he got to the top to the amazing view

Good views, would probably rate this as easy

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no shade
3 days ago

5 stars for the view of the surroundings. 3 stars since you are doing so with busses of people. Nothing breathtaking during the climb. Stairs are always fun at the end. Bring lots of water! But overall a must if you’re here!

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no shade
4 days ago

Many people, a beautiful final view. Pretty easy except the stairs of the end.

Amazing views went on Wednesday really sunny wear sunscreen, and go in the morning to avoid crowds

You’re in Honolulu, you’re kind of obligated to hit up Diamond Head. It was fun, just don’t expect to be alone. If I was rating this on the view alone, it would be a 5 star. It was pretty warm for this Alaska boy; not much shade to speak of.

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rocky
6 days ago

The hike to the top of Diamond Head is kind of boring. There are lots of stairs. It is dry and rocky. The view from the lookout is beautiful. Everytime I come to Hawai'i, I do not want to hike it, but my travel companions will always insist! One day I will come to Hawai'i and not do that hike.

Could be a five star, depending on what you are looking for. It's a road all the way, so easy hiking - no slipping or twisting ankles, etc. Mile 2.5+ on the way up is pretty steep, and we did it at mid-day in the hot sun, so it was a real work out and bake-fest, but great cardio. It was interesting to start with coconuts trees, head up to dry areas, then temperate forest at the top. Then, around the corner from the camp site, the rainforest starts. Some nice views on the way back down, along with lots of parachutists.

Great hike! Dog and stroller friendly. Minimal shade and hot at the bottom. Cooler and shady up top. The trail is a road all the way up so very easy hike.

Would have been 5 stars but we did it on a very hot and very windy day, and we were surprised how hard it was because of the conditions. But, we saw a baby albatross, all gray and fuzzy, nesting...so that was a big reward. On top of the rugged coastline, I thought the view of the point of the mountain was neat, like the bow of a ship - you could see the north and south sides of the island at the same time.

great walk for a scenic veiw however its very crowded i would call it a big workout. The stairs to the top certainly give you a workout and get the heartbeat pumping.

Not much shade so take water. stick to the right side so you can allow joggers and faster walkers to go by.

great view of the ocean from the top.

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rocky
15 days ago

This was a really enjoyable hike! We arrived at 9am and although there were lots of people we didn't feel overwhelmed or crowded or slowed down at all. At the top it gets a bit much because it's such a small space but as with any tourist spot you just have to be patient with everyone and potentially make room for yourself if no one is letting you through (talking about the little ladder into the old fort on top). It was a solid hike and the stairs near the summit are particularly tough because there are so many, but for an easier route turn left and go up the slope first and come down the stairs (downside being pushing a path through all the people coming in the opposite direction). If you go to the little gift shop booth before you hike you can pick up a garbage bag and pick up rubbish on the trail in exchange for a nice certificate saying you hiked Diamond Head (normally you pay $10 for that and an audio tour). As people do leave rubbish lying around it's nice to be able to contribute to keeping the area clean. Saw lots of kids but it is quite long and continuous so I'd probably advise against doing this hike if you like frequent stops, to take your time, or are averse to rocky terrain or stairs.

Just finished this trail in 20 mins up and 15 mins down. Would have been faster had there not been so many people walking slowly and not staying to the right side to allow even traffic both up and down. None the less...there are a lot of stairs in different areas which is cool. But having done koko head yesterday and then diamond head today...let’s just say diamond head should be listed as super easy. I didn’t break a sweat nor did i drink any water until I came down.


A couple pluses....the food truck at the bottom, the view from up top and being able to complete a trail in a very short time.


This trail is not steep.


I hope this helps! Anyone can do it! Kids, parents, elderly etc.

Hiking this trail is like being on a pilgrimage. It is very crowded with adults and children of all skill levels. During mid day one should expect to walk at a slow pace. If you go in with that mindset, you’ll enjoy the day. That said, it is historic and the views are great. There are quite a few stairs and a tunnel. All the stairs are standard 6” rises so even those with limited flex can do them. It is great to hide out in the bunker at top and cool off. Also refreshing is the pineapple juice and smoothies available at trail’s end. I rode my bike from Waikiki and was only charged a $1 entry fee.

We went early and glad we did! 6am. When you get out of tunnel go left for easy way up. Go right for 100 stairs up! Great hike and I suggest ubering there. Take your $1 to get in per person! You can walk back to town easy since it is all down hill!

Great hike, but pretty hot. Bring lots of water.

Great little hike! Recommend getting there at 6, right as it opens, for sunrise. It’s $5 per car and totally worth it! Gets bit arduous working way towards the top. There’s a cave like tunnel, few stairs, and the ground is uneven for a bit. Reward yourself with fresh pineapple at the bottom! Enjoy!!!

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no shade
21 days ago

3/30/2019-Started around 0730 after parking and while it didn’t seem like there were too many people going up or down the trail, there was actually a wait line to get to the very top to view Waikiki. (We skipped over that and headed back down instead.) The weather was nice: not too hot or sunny and the crater is still pretty green for now.

A must-do while in Honolulu. The views from the top are simply amazing...from whales to city views...you've got it in one hike. Make sure you bring the sunscreen and water...you'll need both as there is little shade and the trail is decently steep. And while it's not an easy hike...the shorter length makes it attainable by pretty much anyone.

I didn't get to finish today but it was a beautiful hike that worked the glutes and thighs real good.

It take me 30-40 minutes to the top and this is my first hike in Hawaii. Amazing view of Waikiki city view and also clear blue ocean!!

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no shade
27 days ago

Easy and flat. The point is one of my favorite spots on the island. No shade and long walk back in the dark if staying for sunset. Would bring water, food and a light.

The hike is very touristy, and the views are decent-good. The hike itself is very short, but steep. Nice for tourists, but not worth the five dollars for parking. Go on a real hike in Hawaii, you will appreciate it more.

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no shade
27 days ago

Kaena is a great hike if you go early or it’s a cooler/cloudy day. There isn’t much shade on the trail and the west side can get hot. The best part about the hike is seeing Whales during the winter months and finding Monk Seals at the end. There is also a great chance to see Spinner Dolphins. It’s an easier/flat hike but can become more difficult if it’s hot out. Bring lots of water.

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