Summer of 2017, I flew to Hawaii for a dance conference. We flew out a few days early so that we could rest and have some fun.
On our third or fourth day, my friend and I decided to hike the Diamond Head Crater. We got our breakfast in her apartment at the University of Hawaii in Manoa and then hopped on the bus down to Waikiki. We wandered a little bit trying to find the bus to Diamond Head…
We couldn’t figure it out, so we decided to walk. Pause for a moment.
Where we were on the beach was a little more than a mile from the entrance to the Crater.
The trail itself is a little less than a mile. But it’s all uphill.
We had to walk through a skinny very dark tunnel brushing against the people going the other way.
About half the trail was stairs, to get all the way to the top that is. One set of stairs went through another tunnel, but by the time we reached that point we were feeling too claustrophobic to go through it and went up the other stairs.
We stayed at the top catching our breath and taking pictures before we started back down the trail. And yes, we did hike the mile or so back to the beach after hiking Diamond Head.
We walked a lot. We were drenched in sweat, and I don’t usually sweat a lot, before we even reached the stairs. But it was just so breathtaking that I didn’t mind all the hiking!
There were many stops where we could take pictures and catch our breath – we took advantage of every one on the way up. So, here are some of the pictures from my adventure on Diamond Head. This is also where it really sank in that I was on an island!
At the base of the trail
View from the top
*originally posted on my temporary blog, A Dancing Writer’s Explorations. I’m in the process of merging it with this one.