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Diamond Head

The view to die for.....

semi-overcast 76 °F

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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.
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The view was worth it.

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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.

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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".
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Well, off to the beach. Tough work, but someone's got to do it......

Posted by swendl 16:23 Archived in USA

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Viewing your pictures brought back the memories of when we went up Diamond Head except that it was August and very hot. Wasn't it wonderful? I'm really enjoying this now that I have high speed.
Jane

by jporter

Wow!!!!!Looks like a fun day,,Pictures are beautiful,,Thanks for sharing,,You look awesome,,,Love,Gil&Connie

by gwendl1

and to think, when our friends Paul & Louis Kurt lived out there for 5 yrs they inviited us out every year, and we never went. How sorry we are now.
Hope your having a wonderful time, as I can see you are.
Of course thanks to you,I am seeing it now.

by Dennie Hin

I finally got through with the help of Judy. Man it looks like you're having a blast. You have done so much. What's the ship like. The pictures look great! Keep having fun!
dfoley

by dfoley

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