175 stratospheric steps lead you to the summit of Diamond Head. Also known as L?'ahi (brow of the 'ahi), this ancient volcano got its name, in the 1700s, when British soldiers, thought they saw diamonds on its slope. Although the discovery proved to be calcite crystals, the name still remained. In 1908 it was purchased by the military and used to house various weapons and artillery. Today, over 600,000 visitors ascend this landmark to experience unparallel, 360 - degree views that span from Koko Head to Barbers Point. The numerous stairs and increase in elevation make this hike moderately challenging. Diamond Head Trail is 1 3/4 miles to the rim and takes about 1 1/2 hours. Go early in the day to avoid the heat - there is NO shade! Bring water and a flashlight (for the tunnel). Bathrooms are available at the trailhead. $1.00 admission per person. $5.00 parking fee per car.
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