I arrived for a short stay mid-afternoon, and with little time to get a hike in, chose a route from the hotel, along Waikiki, to the Diamond Head summit - a 9 mile out and back. My challenge was time, as the park closed at 6:00, with the last hikers allowed in at 4:30.
The area around Waikiki is alive with activity and beauty. This is "Duke" country. Duke Kahanamoku, Gold Medalist Olympian, is revered in Hawaii, and his story is a good one. Swimmer, surfer, life-saver - Duke is a modern day hero.
|Heading out along Waikiki toward Diamond Head|
|Makua and Kila - A children's story honoring Hawaiian values of family and the ocean|
|Entrance to Diamond Head Park|
|Through the Crater Wall|
|Diamond Head - the Far Crater Wall|
|Initial stage of trail|
|Working way up...|
|Through final tunnel|
|Up a long line of stairs|
|Spiral Ladder to Observation Area|
|Looking back on Entrance Tunnel (middle of photo)|
|Waikiki from Diamond Head|
|Diamond Head Lighthouse|
|Closing out a 24 hour day with a 9 mile hike!|
|Final Volleyball Match|
|Last chance to walk on a strap tied between palm trees...|
|Had I not hiked so far, I would have got my yoga in|
|O.K... Maybe not.|
|A final flight for the drone|
|Surfers at Sunset|
While I had hoped to do more during this trip, I was glad to have a few hours to get such a great hike in.
|A good hike, tired muscles, and finally a chance for sleep|
Keep hiking, friends!