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.