The view to die for.....
02.05.2009 76 °F
I had never heard about Diamond Head until Steve McGarrett talked about it on the old "Hawaii Five-O" TV series. We had heard that climbing to the top and taking in the sweeping, intoxicating views was on the "must-do" list while on Oahu. So, true tourists that we are, we did it!
Had a great breakfast this morning at a quaint little off-the-beaten-path eatery that specialized in crepes. Delicious! Had to fortify ourselves before the big climb.
Diamond Head hasn't erupted for 300,000 years, so we didn't worry too much about that. We worried more about how two aging adventurers would handle the steep, winding, 560-foot climb to the summit. The hike was only 0.8 miles one way, but, let me tell you, it seemed like more (uphill, anyway). Twisting paths, steep staircases, and even a long tunnel had to be negotiated in order to reach the top. We heard later they have to perform something like 50 rescues a year from people that misjudged their abilities. We did fine, however, stopping frequently for air and water.
The view was worth it.
360-degree views of southern Oahu, from Honolulu to Kokohead. Magnificent isn't the right word, but it comes close.
Temperature-wise, it's cool right now by Honolulu standards - the locals are complaining about it. But, believe me, we were sweating plenty by the time the hike was over.
By the way, we learned that the small boat harbor directly below our hotel (see pic) was where the "Gilligan's Island" introduction was shot. They told us not to sign up for the "3-hour tour".
Well, off to the beach. Tough work, but someone's got to do it......