Today's blog is worthy of extra large photos. The Grand Daddy of all hikes is Diamond Head. The military first used the crater for storage and the crest as an outlook.
The military still uses Diamond Head but it is also a state park (at this link). Kama'aina and tourists alike climb Diamond Head for the best view of Waikiki Beach and the Pacific Ocean.
|The path ascends along the interior crater walls.|
|Then we came to a series of stairs!|
|As soon as we emerge from the WWII pillbox,|
we spot these words of encouragement!
|View to the east - Koko Crater in the distance.|
|Waikiki Beach to the west. |
Notice the other pillbox to the right.
|Waikiki Beach up close. |
Notice the pink hotel in the middle -
it is the historic Royal Hawaiian.
|The green is the upper edge of the crater.|
|The crest overlooks the Coast Guard Lighthouse.|
Now obsolete, it remains a part of Hawaiian history.
Do you have a place to climb for panoramic views? One randomly selected commenter from this week's blogs will win a book choice from my convention stash. This giveaway is open to all readers. Comments are open through Saturday, March 3, 10 pm in Hawaii. I'll post the winner on Sunday, March 4.
Kim in Hawaii