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Diamond Head State Monument

New visitor amenities promote safe, enjoyable visits


Diamond Head Road between Makapu'u Avenue and 18th Avenue

Diamond Head's unique profile - a broad saucer-shaped crater - sits prominently near the eastern edge of Waikiki's coastline. This 475-acre state monument is an internationally recognized landmark known for its summit hiking trail, stunning coastal views, and military history. It is a former military installation that was designated a state monument in 1962 and a national natural landmark in 1968. A popular tourist destination, it attracts well over 600,000 visitors annually but, until recently, could safely accommodate only 40,000. With a $200,000 grant from National Park Service’s Land and Water Conservation Fund, the State of Hawaii was able to update and expand amenities at the monument. Now new picnic facilities, benches, restrooms and other improvements combine to make visitors more comfortable and ensure their health and safety as they explore the site.

Photo: New visitor amenities promote safe, enjoyable visits.
– Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources

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