This is the view of Diamondhead, the extinct volcanic crater just east of Waikiki, that everyone is familiar with, taken while we were on our Manoa Valley hike:


As marvelous as this view is, Diamondhead is even more impressive seen up close and personal. We made our hike to the top early one morning, not early enough to see the sunrise from up there (as many folks apparently did) but it was still a great hike. Here's the identifying sign of the area:

And here are some shots taken along the way up:

Kathy at Diamondhead
Along the trail
Tunnel view
Honolulu view
Scene from Diamondhead
Kathy on the trail

The hike is not overly strenuous, and the trail is in good shape for the most part, but there is climbing involved, as well as some other fun features:

Kathy on stairs
Henry on the stairs
Spiral staircase
Kathy in the tunnel
Kathy near the top
From the Diamondhead bunker

It's pretty hard not to notice that you're walking up into a volcano, or what used to be a volcano. On the left below is the Diamondhead crater, and on the right there's another one, too, just a ways down the coast (Koko Head):

Diamondhead crater Koko Head crater

You also get great views of Honolulu from the top, of course:

View of Honolulu with tourist View of condos
Honolulu from Diamondhead

Plus a lighthouse, the ocean, and the coast on toward Koko Head:

Diamondhead Lighthouse Diamondhead Lighthouse
Kathy at top of Diamondhead O'ahu coast
O'ahu coast
Tourist at the top

On top of all the great scenery, we even got to see some cute birds, right by the trail on the way down. The helpful chart we found at the trailhead identified them as Java sparrows.

Java sparrows Bird chart Java sparrows


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