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Diamond Head Crater

Our first “hike” in Hawaii was to the top of Diamond Head, a volcanic crater.  We set out from our lovely hotel on Waikiki beach toward the crater, following the coast road. 

Someone's back yard

The walk to the entrance was much longer than we expected.  But pedestrians get a discount so I guess it was worth it!  Pat and I thought these recycling “cages” looked like modern art:

plastique

The hike is .75 miles and paved the whole way.  There was one really steep set of stairs, good thing I use my “stairmaster” at work daily (4th floor office…)  A tunnel inside the crater and then a spiral staircase lead you to a great lookout point.

It was pretty dark in there

This picture makes me dizzy!

Waikiki beach-- our hotel was on the end closest to Diamond Head

Ahhh, fresh air, sunny skies and beautiful scenery!  A lot of our programs at work focus on Earth Science so I was excited to be standing on a volcano on top of another volcano.  Whenever I talk with visitors about plate tectonics I make sure to spend extra time on Hawaii’s formation– it’s going to be even worse now that I’ve been there!

Diamond Head is still home to a U.S. miliary base and the platform on top was once an artillery observation platform.  It offers a great view of the southern and eastern sides of the island though it was pretty crowded when we got up there.  We bypassed the man selling “authentic” certificates of achievement and hailed a cab back into Waikiki.

The same series of volcanic eruptions that formed Diamond Head also created Hanauma Bay, now a National Wildlife Preserve.

snorkel City!

More on that later!  The haunted house is getting crazy– but it three weeks it will all be over and I’ll feel like I just woke up from some really, really strange dream.

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