Diamond Head is probably the most recognized landmark in Hawaii. It is known for its historic hiking trail, stunning coastal views, and military history. Le’ahi is the Hawaiian name for this crater. Legend has it that it was given this name because the summit resembles the forehead (lae) of the ahi (tuna) fish.
The hike from trail head to the summit is 0.8 mile, which is not long, however, it is steep and strenuous, gaining 560 feet as it ascends from the crater floor. From the summit lies a postcard view of the shoreline from Koko Head to Wai’anae, and during winter, may include passing humpback whales. See more info about Diamond Head State Monument.
Diamond Head is also one of the most desirable real estate neighborhood in Honolulu – from multi-million dollar homes to high-end condos.