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Strong and Lean in 2017 - Hiking Diamond Head - Honolulu, Hawaii

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Hike to the top of Diamond Head - Honolulu, Hawaii

The hotel where we stayed in Honolulu was right off of Waikiki Beach and close to Diamond Head. We had a great view of it out of our room and thought it might be a nice place to check out. I was aware of a hike but hesitated to suggest it to the group (as they are all non-hikers - really in fact non-exercisers.). Looking at the Mountain from the room it looked pretty steep to me. My DH had looked at the web site and saw stairs but thought it would be okay. Elevation change was 560 ft. At breakfast, we spoke with the waiter and mentioned we were thinking of going to Diamond Head and he said that the hike to the top was spectacular and easy. Easy was a good word to hear. He said that for the most part the path was paved and when it got steep there were hand rails. He thought we could do it easily and get to the top in 45 minutes. My Sis didn't have any shoes other than flip flops and a pair of loafers. The waiter said... no problem, just take your time and you can do it in flip flops. Okay... that sounded dubious to me but she was willing to do it. We headed off to Diamond Head early as we wanted to get started before it got too warm. We drove to the Visitors Center and sure enough, we saw a paved trail. Off we went. I couldn't believe how many people were out there on the trail. Literally hundreds on a Thurs morning at 8:30am. Obviously a very popular place. Lots of sweaty looking people were coming down the trail and I was thinking that it must be tougher than the waiter indicated. He was young and in good shape, so that may have had something to do with it. The paved trail ended and turned to a typical hard packed dirt trail with a few rocks... no problem. As we continued up, there were some areas where you could stop and rest and let people pass. My DH stopped a number of times and I was fine with that. I followed his lead. We went through tunnels, climbed stairs and actually had a blast. When we made it to the top (in 30 minutes) the skies were sunny and the view awesome. It was an accomplishment for sure. I however, do not recommend flip flops. That was crazy.

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