Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Hiking Diamond Head


This last week in Hawaii has been amazing! I always enjoy coming back to Waikiki and visiting the same little spots I've come to love each time I'm here. I've been coming to Oahu since I was young and have enjoyed bringing my own kids to the places I loved as a kid. One place I hadn't experienced here on the island was Diamond Head! I had never hiked to the top in all my visits. So when the hubs suggested we hike to the lookout at the very top of the volcanic tuff cone, I was like, YES! 

The weather was perfect on Saturday. It was the typical 80 degrees and partly cloudy I've come to expect from Spring on Oahu. It was hot once we started up the hill, and when the sun wasn't hiding behind a cloud, it was intense. The trail started off paved and then turned into a natural rock and dirt trail. As we got higher up the mountain, it got more steep. Oh, and there were stairs... lots of stairs. I've never been a fan of walking stairs, especially with a 30 pound kid on my back ha. But once I made it to the top, the views quickly made me forget how heavy that boy was. It was like being on top of Waikiki/Honolulu! The views are amazing from the top of Diamond Head and I'm so glad we finally decided to make the hike. Also, Heidi and Lukas killed it, with minimal complaints along the way! 


Some tips for if you ever get to hike Diamond Head! 
  • Wear closed toed shoes... like good walking or athletic shoes. I was so surprised at how many people were hiking this trail in flip flops! It's not a difficult hike but it is a hike nonetheless. 
  • Bring water... it gets hot and is always humid. If you're like me and you live in a dry place, the humidity alone will get you.
  • Parking is limited within the volcano at the entrance, so you might have to park down below and walk an additional distance. If this is the case, drop any kids off at the entrance so they're not already tired before you start the hike. 
  • Don't forget your camera! We did and I'm so bummed about it. Sure, we got some decent pics from our phones, but with view that good, we should have had our camera. 








14 comments:

  1. It looks like you guys had an amazing time. Hawaii is definitely on my list of places to see before I die and I love hiking so I'll definitely check this out. Thanks so much for sharing :)

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  2. Looks like such a beautiful place! I bet you had the best adventure there. Love the photo with your sweet little one resting on you. Such a special mommy and little photo.

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  3. Your little one looks like he's just over the whole adventure. :) Great tips and hopefully you'll get to return with your real camera one day.

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  4. My son and his partner are going to Hawaii this summer and love to hike. Will share with him.

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  5. We went there a few years ago--and I was surprised how many ladies I saw doing the hike in ballet flats! This was our first big adventure of our Hawaii trip, because it was within walking distance of the house we were staying at, and it was a very good welcome! We did a lot of hiking in Oahu--some of what we did was much harder than this (Koko Crater Railway Trail), it was a good thing we started with this!

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  6. How fun! Great photos of the hike. It makes me want to be more outside=like, but, I'm happy looking at your photos!

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  7. Looks absolutely perfect!! Would love to do a hike like this with my 3! Ive got a 4,5 and 6 year old! xo

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  8. i had to pass up the opportunity to hike diamond head due to not having the proper shoes. looks like it was so lovely!

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  9. You got some great photos! Excellent tips, too, for hiking Diamond Head. I haven't been in several years, but the last time I went, I was also surprised how many people were there unprepared in flip flops! They must have had sore feet after... yikes!

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  10. WOW!! What a beautiful hiking spot! So nice to see kids out in nature too.

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  11. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop

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  12. Beautiful photos! Although we won't have quite the same scenic overviews as that, now that the weather is finally warm in PA, I can't wait to do some hiking with my own kids.

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  13. Beautiful photos! I can't wait to do some hiking now that the weather is finally warmer where I live here in PA!

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