The Long Anticipated Diamond Head Climb

Before leaving on our trip to Oahu, Hawaii I had viewed the Diamond Head climb on You Tube, read the advice from the tour ads, and took the reviews with a grain of salt.  Most of the comments talked about the climb being very doable, while others complained about the heat, the height, the stairs and the tunnels. Frankly I loved them all.  We followed the good advice of going early, and on the day in April that we chose to climb, it wasn’t very hot. I had my frozen bottle of water tucked into the back of my jeans which serves very well as a body cooler, and as it thaws, provides a much-needed drink along the way. The views from the heights were spectacular, the stairs were a bit of a challenge, (who doesn’t need one on a hike) and the tunnels were cool and flat providing a stair climb recovery.

Let’s get started!  We took the bus to the stop near the entrance and this is the first tunnel we encountered.  It’s the one Bruce and I drove through in the book, “A Wish Called Wanda,” when he had to show his military ID to pass.  That was 50 years ago, before the summit climb was available.

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This is basically what we saw then, the inside of the crater. Today we went to the booth, paid our one dollar entrance fee and started going up.

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Switch backs and look outs were all part of the fun of being able to say “I did it!”

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I thought I would just mention that the picture of me going up these steps, bears no resemblance to this one.

The views start to distract you from the walking and climbing.

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Did I mention the rusty spiral staircase?  Just keep climbing, Just keep climbing.

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By this time you have been in Word War II bunkers, a smaller darker tunnel than the first one and one last climb up a three rung latter out of the bunker and this is your first view down over the summit.

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You can go out on a small ledge to capture this view of Kapiolani Park and downtown Waikiki.  The blue water extraordinaire captures every heart that goes to Hawaii.

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There are more stairs to get to the very top. So up we went, by this time it was, “who cares about a few more steps,” but when I reached the top, I looked down instead of up, got the biggest scare of the day, and headed right back down those steps. No pictures from the very top for me.

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I looked down and saw several of these little guys running around as I was about to take the next few steps to the very top.  Dee happened to spot one under this ledge on the way down. She was kind enough to get a picture of it for me.  For fear of stepping on one of these creatures, I left the premises. My reaction to the first sighting set off a chain of events, starting with a young Japanese man who jumped off the step and fell into another woman.  She was quite beside herself when accosted by man running from a mouse.  I simply walked down the steps and waited for my companions.      Aloha Oi Diamond Head, thanks for the memories.

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