Friday, January 15, 2010

Resolution #1...Start Hiking...Diamond Head Crater

Jimmy and I at the top of the Diamond Head Crater Lookout
what a panoramic view of Honolulu!


View from the top...looking out to Hawaii Kai area


Bring bottles of water with you...a must. You're going to need it!



Friday, January 15, 2010
Crowded with Tourists from around the World


The winding stairwell leading up to the top.
Just One of the many steps.


This is the Staircase from Hell...
that's what I've decided to name it.
Only 99 steps
but feels like 1000!!!

Here's another view of the steps...leading up to the Top.
Same as the ones you have to take to go down.


This view is One of the Many reasons to hike it up to the Top.
Gorgeous view of Waikiki and Kapiolani Park

For 2010, one of my Resolutions is to start hiking again. It'll be good for us to get more fresh air, see nature, and get some needed exercise. So, to start it off, we decided to hike up Diamond Head Crater. This is a favorite hiking trail for both locals and tourists.

Remember to wear sunscreen, bring bottles of cold water, wear sunglasses, good walking/running shoes, and a hat for good measure. This trail is not good for anyone who has health problems and/or problems walking. This is a long walk...takes about 30 minutes to get to the top and 20 minutes to get down.

There are a lot of steps...steep ones at that. After we completed the 1st stairway of 74 steps and the 2nd stairway of 99 steps, I had to take a breather because my heart was pounding. I'm glad Jimmy brought containers of cold water because I sure needed it when we were at the top.

But when you reach the top the view if breathtaking! So gorgeous that you forget the hike to get there. You can see a 360 degree view of Honolulu from the top. It's sunny with a nice breeze. I'm so glad that we chose to hike this trail.

It appears that a lot of tourists arrive by the city's The Bus and then walk into the crater. The entrance fee is $1 for those walking in and $5 per car for those driving in.

Here are some Links on the Diamond Head Crater:

1) The State of Hawaii's website
2) Wikipedia on Diamond Head Crater

When you come to visit Oahu, this is one hike that you should definitely take.



5 comments:

kimbuktu said...

Someday....thanks for sharing your hike, Hawaii is beautiful! I just finished the year with the lovely calendar you gave me with all the scenes from Hawaii.

Stacy's Designs 88 said...

Hauoli Makahiki Hou/Happy New Year Kim! It was a gorgeous day to hike. And it was worth the huffing and puffing it took to reach the top. When I saw the view, I forgot that it felt like I was about to die getting there. I am soooo out of shape. Another resolution for this new year. :)

Lynne said...

Glad to see you're alive and well ... and HIKING no less!! Thanks for the inspiration to get out there and get moving! Here's to a healthier 2010!! Happy New Year!

Jean said...

You know, I've never done this hike in all the years I've lived here. You've inspired me to go!!

Stacy's Designs 88 said...

Hi Lynne and Jean! Yes, take your family on this hike. They'll love the view. Just bring lot of cold water with you. In the parking lot area, there's a Magoos truck that sells shaved ice and hamburger type food. Your kids can eat there after the hike. The next hike we're going to do is the Makapuu Lighthouse hike. 2 people said to try it.

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