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How the Diamond Head Volcano Crater was developed?

Diamond Head Crater is formed from numerous cones and vents. It is responsible for a series of volcanic eruption called Honolulu Volcanic Series. The volcano eruptions cause several popular landmarks to emerge in Hawaii. The volcano eruption that caused The Diamond Head crater to be developed lasted only for a few days. The powerful volcano eruption caused the cinder cone to be formed. During those days, there is a higher sea level so the eruption must be explosive in order to form the crater. The magma that emerged from the underwater volcano vents covered up the coral reef. The brief length of the volcano eruption caused the volcano crater to have a symmetrical shape.


At the time when the Diamond Head eruption took place, the volcano at the Black Point lava shield also erupts. It is believed that the Diamond Head won’t erupt again in the future because of eruption that took place is monogenetic. Some of the popular landmarks that are formed include Koko Head, Punchbowl Crater and etc. Diamond Head is the youngest among a series of volcanic crater in the Ko’olau Mountain Range. The Ko’olau Mountain Range is estimated to be 2.6 million years old, which is significantly older than the Diamond Head crater. The Diamond Head crater is approximately 150,000 years old.


Many people visit the Diamond Head crater every year. Tourists who are visiting Waikiki will often take hiking trip to the Diamond Head monument. It will take up to 2 hours to reach the observation deck. However, if you hike at a fast pace, you may reach the observation deck within 55 minutes. On the way to the observation deck, you will have to climb several staircases. There is a small tunnel that you have to pass through. After you reach the end of the small tunnel, you will see a spiral staircase. The spiral staircase will lead you to the exit of the small tunnel within 2 minutes. Once you reach the observation deck, you will be able to observe the scenery of the Waikiki from afar.


If you plan to hike up to the Diamond Head summit, be sure to bring a camera so that you can take pictures. If you want to see the sun rise from Diamond Head crater, be sure to embark on your hiking trip early in the morning. You will be able to see the sun rising from the east side of the Oahu Island.