Diamond Head, what could be a more iconic representation of Hawaii? If you go to Oahu you fly over it, you can see it from anywhere on Waikiki Beach and cheesy books have been written about it.
Though the Secrets of Diamond Head by no means is a cheesy book. It is actually pretty wonderful if you want to know the history and see some really great historical images of Diamond Head through advertising and photos.
In addition, it contains a trail guide that is annotated, how the crater was created and history of Hawaiian and the military presence on Diamond Head. The chapter I found most interesting was about saving Diamond Head. It is a miracle that there isn't a luxury hotel or a condo on the slopes of Diamond Head but that is due to the energy many have fought to make sure that doesn't happen.
If you have never hiked Diamond Head here are a few tips:
- Get there early! Like 7am early or else it is too crowded and too hot
- Bring water
- Wear comfy shoes and clothes
- If you go on a Saturday, visit the nearby KCC farmers market. So much good food and drink there.
You can pick up this book thru the University Of Hawaii Press site.
July 2015, sitting on the balcony of my hotel, getting ready to read this classic.
View from Diamond Head