CLIMBING CHINAMAN'S HAT
This cone shaped outcropping of lava off Kualoa Point resembles the peasant's chapeau worn by rural Chinese - thus the name: Chinaman's Hat. The reef surrounding the island supports an abundance of marine life and is one of the O'ahu's best offshore islands. You can see Chinaman's Hat from numerous vantage points along the coast but the best view is to actually go out to the island. You can walk there during low tide but the best way to get there is via kayak.
On the island is a small beach nestled in a secluded cove. There is also a small cave carved out of lava and a steep volcanic cone perfect for exploring. The view of the Koolau Mountains, Mokapun peninsula, Kahaluu, Kaneohe, and Kailua is unmatched.
Off the Kamehameha Highway offshore from the Kualoa Point State Recreation Area, approximately 45 minute drive from Honolulu.
Climbing the volcanic cone takes about 20 minutes, is strenuous, and can be tricky so be careful.Related to:
- Family Travel
CLIMBING DIAMOND HEAD
The most famous volcanic crater in the world is Diamond Head, located on the South-east Coast of O'ahu at the end of Waikiki overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It was originally named Laeahi by the ancient Hawaiians. The name meant "brow of the tuna" and looking at the silhouette of the crater from Waikiki, you can see the resemblance. The current name came was given to the crater by British sailors in the 1800's. When they first saw the crater at a great distance, the calcite crystals in the lava rock appeared to glimmer in the sunlight. The sailors mistakenly thought there must be diamonds in the soil. Diamond Head is a crater that has been extinct for 150,000 years. The crater is 3,520 feet in diameter with a 760-foot summit. When the United States annexed Hawaii in 1898, harbor defense became a main responsibility. One of the major defense forts, Fort Ruger, occupied the Diamond Head Crater. A battery of canons was located within the crater providing complete concealment and protection from invading enemies. An observation deck was constructed at the summit in 1910 to provide target sighting and a four level underground complex was built within the walls of the crater as a command post. A 580-foot tunnel was dug through the crater wall to provide easier access to the Fort.
The observation deck and underground complex is now abandoned with the advent of radar but evidence of the command post is still present along Diamond Head Trail. The trail is paved almost the entire way but can be steep in spots.
There are two sets of stairs, one with 99 steps and the other, 76 steps. There is also a 225-foot unlit tunnel. The hike is classified as easy to moderate in exertion but is certainly worth the breathtaking, unparalleled view of the entire west side of the island, from Waikiki to Koki Head.
Diamond Head Trail is 1 ¾ miles to the rim and takes about 1 ½ hours
Equipment: There is NO shade schedule an early hike
Bring water and a flashlight (for the tunnel)
Bathrooms available at the trailheadRelated to:
- Family Travel
- Hiking and Walking
- Mountain Climbing
Aloha Stadium ... where the big games are at!
Here is an aerial view of our Aloha Stadium, or U of H stadium. This is where all UH home games are played, along with ProBowl, baseball and then there are concerts! Though there is a lot of parking, it never fails that they have to open overflow parking at many of their games/concerts! On most weekends and Wednesdays, they open the stadium parking lot up for swap meets (flea markets)
Equipment: Bring parking money and light rain coat for sudden showers.
Large surf and the surfing season predominates the north shore of oahu from october till march. See lots of world contests and World class surfers challenge the surf at surfing spots all over the north shore.
Be sure to heed the warnings posted by lifeguards at the beach. The surf here can be Very Dangerous
Equipment: Camera/ Binoculars/ sunscreen
If you are heading to a surfing contest, Make sure not to hold valuables in your car.
Watch the wave riders
A great way to spend a few hours is to watch the locals ride the waves. There is a jetty on Waikiki and from there you get a great view of them riding the waves.
The Aloha Stadium
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