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Facts about Diamond Head

Diamond Head Crater is one of the most important monuments in Hawaii. A long time ago, a few western explorers came to this place and saw that it is sparkles like diamond. The sparkles came from the calcite crystal inside the crater. Because of this, they call it Diamond Head. There are a few facts you need to learn about the Diamond Head crater. The original Hawaiian name is Leahi. In the Hawaiian language, Leahi means the tuna fish’s brow. It is called Leahi because it looks very much like the fin of a tuna fish when seen from a distant location. The crater is formed from a dead volcano so it will never erupt in the future.


Since it is an extinct volcano, there is no lava in it. The volcano has extinct since more than 150,000 years ago. The Diamond Head Mountain is about 760 feet from above the sea level. If measured from the crater floor, the height of the Diamond Head Mountain is 560 feet. If you want to reach the top of the Diamond Head, you need to climb up a trail. When hiking the trail, you will pass by three lookout points. To reach the first lookout point, you need to climb 74 steps. If you want to reach the second lookout point, you can climb 99 steps. There is a total of 54 steps that lead to the final lookout point. After you climb the 54 steps, you will reach the summit of the Diamond Head crater.


While at the Diamond Head Observation Station, you can get a 360-degree view of the scenery in the surrounding area. You will be able to watch the scenery in all areas of the Waikiki area. Occasionally, you will be able to watch airplane landing in the airport. Besides, you can see the islands o the east side including Maunalua Bay, Koko Head, Hanauma Bay, Pali Mountains, University of Hawaii and Kahala. When returning back to the trailhead, you will have to spend about 25 minutes. Some tourists claim that they encounter snakes when hiking the trail. Actually, there are no snakes in Diamond Head. Most of the time, the snakes are only sticks that people mistaken? The mountain trail is uneven so it is recommended that you wear close-toed shoe. Since the trail is uneven, you should avoid pushing a baby stroller on it. If you are traveling in the winter, you should start your hiking strip before the sunrise. In this way, you will be able to watch the sunrise scenery from the summit of the Diamond Head.