Diamond Head is a crater that has been extinct for many years. The crater is 3,520 feet in diameter with a 760-foot summit. When the United States annexed Hawaii in 1898, harbor defense became a main responsibility. One of the major defense forts, Fort Ruger, occupied the Diamond Head Crater. A battery of canons was located within the crater providing complete concealment and protection from invading enemies. An observation deck was constructed at the summit in 1910 to provide target sighting and a four level underground complex was built within the walls of the crater as a command post. A 580-foot tunnel was dug through the crater wall to provide easier access to the Fort.
Some improvements were done to Diamond Head trail a few years ago. The tunnel near the top is now lit (as well as the indoor winding staircase) and the observation deck at the very top has brick paving, railings and some signs. It only takes around 30 minutes to hike up to the top and the views are very good of Waikiki, nearby parks, St. Louis Heights and other nearby areas.
Diamond Head from a distance
View of Diamond Head from Waikiki Beach
Aerial view of Diamond Head
Viewing area at the top
Photos of the area around the YWAM Honolulu base
Aerial Views of YWAM base
Manoa Valley Rainbows
University of Hawaii at Manoa - 1
University of Hawaii at Manoa - 2
City of Honolulu photos
Ala Moana Park
Diamond Head Crater
Evangelism - at Waikiki & Hotel Street
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