Our next adventure was to hike to the top if Diamond Head. http://www.hawaiistateparks.org/parks/oahu/?park_id=15 The first day we tried to visit was a Saturday and there were no spots to park. So we decided to wait. After seeing how narrow parts of the trail are I am so glad we did. I would be hard to navigate if it were crowded.
After paying our five dollar entrance fee we headed up the trail. From the trail head of Le’ahi or Diamond Head to the summit is .8 miles and 560 feet up. It is known as a tuff cone. Eruptions occurred under water. The magma was broken down into ash and fine particles by the water and steam and blown into the air. These particles were cemented together into a rock called a tuff. There are several steep stairways to climb on the way up.
It was in the 1700’s that traders visited and mistook the calcite crystals in the rocks for diamonds and started calling it Diamond Head.
In the early 1900’s military batteries were built here to house coastal artillery.
The views from the top were amazing! It was so interesting to see Waikiki and the light house down below. We saw at least one whale spouting as well.