Part 1: Getting There
Part 2: Hiking Diamond Head Crater
Monday, March 9, 2015:
We had spent the night in 2 connecting rooms at the Waikiki Resort Hotel. I was sharing a bed with my 4-year-old daughter, and she woke up for good at 2:00 a.m. local time (7:00 a.m. Texas time, which is typical). Unfortunately, she did not go back to sleep, so neither did I. Joshua woke up around 4:00 a.m., as did Brian and Nathan. We showered and ate breakfast in our room (that I had bought the night before from the store). We were ready for the day's adventure, but we needed to wait for some sunlight before we started.
Today was the day we would hike up the Diamond Head volcanic crater. When I booked this trip a year ago, I immediately set a goal for my whole family to hike this trail. I love hikes with a view! My family had trained for this hike by hiking around North Dallas and by doing stair climbing drills (we would have to climb 227 stairs).
This is Diamond Head, which sits at the end of Waikiki beach.
And here is an aerial view:
There was a food truck parked there with shaved ice and bottled water.
And a bathroom, in case you need one before or after the hike:
Photo at the Diamond Head sign:
And we asked a stranger to take a photo with me in it:
At the beginning of the trail is a brief history of the crater: (more history here)
The trail starts out like a normal paved trail:
But soon it gets steeper with switchbacks:
The first set of stairs has 74 steps:
We had to crawl through this opening to get to the top (old military bunker):
And then we were at the top! We had a beautiful view of Honolulu:
We skipped the shaved ice back in the parking lot due to a long line and instead drove back to our hotel in Waikiki to hit up McDonalds for a second breakfast. It had been about 4 hours since our first breakfast back in our hotel room. The McDonalds had outside seating near the beach.
Edited to add: We witnessed a marriage proposal at the top!
Up next: Our first day at Aulani.