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.