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  • Day3

    Diamond Head State Monument

    December 15, 2016 in the United States

    For the second half of the day we rode to Diamond Head and found an awesome little beach tucked away with almost no one there. We snorkeled and saw lots of beautiful fish and William even spotted a baby octopus and I found a huge sea cucumber! After drying off we finished circling Diamond Head as the sun set and faced a few more hills than we had expected before riding back into Waikiki.

  • Day1

    Honolulu - Day 2

    April 10, 2016 in the United States

    We had big plans to wake up early (ie: 5am) and catch the bus (Dabus) up to Diamond Head crater to see the sunrise... plans changed when we were woken up at 8.30am by housekeeping. Lol! We must have needed the sleep 😴

    We ended up on the bus heading off to Diamond Head just after 10am. Around 25 minutes later we got off at the Diamond Head State Memorial & made the journey up the hill to the park entrance. Once we'd walked through the tunnel and to the park proper we paid our $1pp entry fee and started the trek to the top. Not for the faint hearted - it is quite steep in parts and there are a number of stairs. However, the view from the top is awesome and well worth the climb.

    The walk back down was a heck of a lot easier and we rewarded ourselves with a shave ice whilst resting in the shady park area that is essentially the middle of the crater. Once we had some more energy, we made our way out of the park & back to the bus stop where we caught the first bus that came along & ended up at Ala Moana Shopping Centre. After our big adventure we were not in the mood for shopping (will save that for another day as it looks like you'd need a day at least to navigate the monstrosity), instead we headed straight back to the hotel where we spent what was left of the afternoon lazing by the pool. Perfect!

    We opted for dinner at the Red Lobster & a cocktail to finish the night at The Study bar at our hotel!
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  • Day5

    Diamond Head

    October 23, 2016 in the United States

    Everyone's seen the iconic tourism photos illustrating a world famous landmark, completely devoid of any humans that would spoil the picture.We all know these scenes are either photoshopped to edit out the throngs of tourists or the sites are closed to the public for the shoots. Nonetheless, we all dream of these idyllic circumstances when we visit these places.

    Brenda and I figured that if we arose at the crack of dawn on a Saturday morning and made our way to Diamond Head when the gates open at 6:00 AM, we'd be the only living beings foolish enough to be there to watch the sunrise from the summit.

    And so it was. Brenda set her alarm for 4:30 and we were out the door by 5:10. The 45 minute walk had us entering the State Park just before 6:00. But hey, wait a minute! As we round the corner into the park, we see a line of cars and tour busses at least a kilometer long! WTF!?! Who are all these crazy people? We were supposed to be the only ones here!

    JAPANESE TOURISTS!!! That's who! Throngs of them. Some hiking up the 763 foot high hill, others riding their tour bus most of the way to the top. All armed with cameras or smart phones with selfie sticks.

    So much for our serene sun worshiping.

    Despite the crowds, we were already here so we soldiered on and hiked up the long extinct volcano in about 33 minutes, arriving at the summit three minutes after the sun crested the horizon.

    Despite the unexpected company, the experience was worthwhile and provided us with some spectacular vistas and a little bit of knowledge.

    Diamond Head was born by a single volcanic explosion about 150,000 years ago, creating an almost perfectly round crater measuring over 3500 across with a floor area of 175 acres. The peak is 760 feet high and was used in ancient times as a place of worship to the god of wind to protect against strong updrafts that could extinguish the navigational fires of the ancient Hawaiians.

    The crater is known as a tuff cone and was formed as the ash fell back to earth following the eruption. Layer upon layer of ash accumulated on the rim of the crater and built up to form the ridge that remained once the lava had cooled. The leeward side of the crater is much higher than the windward side since more ash would have been blown in that direction. Huh! Ya learn something new every day.

    On the way home we stopped at two local Farmer's Markets and sampled the offerings. Strangely, there are very few farmers at these events that are comprised mostly of artisans and food stalls. We came across one stall that completely blew us away. At the smaller of the two markets there was a kiosque operating under the name "Not Just Desserts". The owner/chef, a woman who had trained in France and Italy, has created gluten free products that are indistinguishable from their wheat based cousins. Using a variety of home ground flours, root vegetables and a secret ingredient, she has made by far the best tasting and textured GF foods either of us have ever tasted. We left her stall with a piece of carrot cake and bread pudding (almost weighing in at one pound) for only $6.00. She'll be publishing an eBook shortly that we will most certainly purchase in the hope she divulges her secret ingredient.
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  • Day199

    Diamond Head Crater

    March 24 in the United States

    Im Reiseführer als eine der schönsten Wanderungen in diesem Inselteil benannte Wanderung auf den Kraterrand, wurde eine nicht so tolle Erfahrung.
    Da es wie schon seit dem ersten Tag mal wieder regnete, war schon die Wanderung von der Kratersenke hoch zum Kraterrand zum Slalomlauf um die Pfützen. Oben angekommen konnte man sich auch nicht wirklich über die Aussicht freuen, da man aufgrund des dichten Nebels kaum etwas bis gar nichts sehen konnte.Read more

  • Day4

    Diamond Head

    August 23, 2012 in the United States

    Ausblick vom Diamond Head auf Honololu ... war ziemlich heiß dort ...

  • Day178

    Diamond Head

    January 20 in the United States

    After a short bus ride to the Kapiolani Centre, a short walk along the base of the volcano and through the tunnel into the crater, we were at the Visitor Centre and the start of the zig-zag trail up the wall of the crater to the top.
    It was a great walk and the views on the way up and from the summit were stunning. We had a fairly clear day so visibility was good. I was also thankful that we were doing this short hike at this time of year and not in Summer.
    We caught a bus down to the main drag to have lunch and a wander around the International Market Place.
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  • Day2

    Diamond head, Oahu

    September 9, 2016 in the United States

    Another little hike, this time not to hard but therefor suuuuuper crowded with all kind of fit and not so fit at all people who were climbing a crater summit located beside Waikiki beach.

  • Day7

    Oahu Diamond head

    June 12, 2015 in the United States

    unsere zweite Wanderung führte uns heute auf den Diamond Head. Aufstieg bei Mittagshitze und kein Schatten in Sicht. Aber der Ausblick belohnt einen für die Mühe. Dennoch hatten wir uns nach dem Abstieg natürlich ein Eis zur Abkühlung verdient ;)

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