Up the Diamond Head Crater

Diamond Head Crater

I’m not a big hiker. In fact, my first real hike was up the Grouse Mountain only two years ago. Mable and I followed the British Columbia Mountaineering Club trail which is far less crowded than the Grouse Grind. I thoroughly enjoyed the climb. It was like meditation in motion – the birds, the trees, my thoughts… all playing to the beat of my heavy breathing.

The Diamond Head Crater is one of the most popular hiking destinations in Oahu. It was called Le’ahi or “brow of the tuna” by ancient Hawaiians. The name was later changed to Diamond Head when British sailors thought they discovered diamonds on the crater’s slopes. The “diamonds” turned out to be calcite crystals which were deemed worthless.

The real “value” of the Diamond Head Crater is at its peak. Whether it takes you a few minutes or a couple of hours to get to the summit, the views are breathtaking and well worth the work-out.

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Waikiki Trolley

The Waikiki Trolley on tour.

The easiest and most relaxing way to explore Honolulu is via the Waikiki Trolley. An all-day pass gets you on and off the trolley on 3 lines with 30 stops and unlimited rides. You’re driver acts as your tour guide, sharing stories, historical trivia, and if you’re lucky, some good jokes along the way.

There are 3 lines to the Waikiki Trolley: the Pink Line, Red Line and Green Line. Shoppers hop on the Pink Line to go to all the biggest and busiest shopping malls in Honolulu. The Red Line is the Historic Honolulu Sightseeing Tour with stops at the State Capitol and Iolani Palace. The Green Line offers a scenic route to the Diamond Head Crater, a very popular destination for hikers and adventure seekers.

Because we got the special (Buy a One-Day Pass and Get the Next Day FREE!), we took the Red Line one day and the Green Line the next. Neither of us (me or my partner) was particularly interested in shopping. The trolleys begin their tours as early as 8:30am and end at 10pm, at 20- to 40-minute intervals depending on the lines. It’s a great way to explore Honolulu at your own pace. And as long as you can find your way back to the Trolley Stop, you don’t have to worry about getting lost.