Welcome to Diamond Head
A dramatic backdrop for Waikiki Beach, Diamond Head is one of the best-known landmarks in Hawaii. Ancient Hawaiians called it Leʻahi, and at its summit they built a luakini heiau, a temple dedicated to the war god Ku and used for human sacrifices. Ever since 1825, when British sailors found calcite crystals sparkling in the sun and mistakenly thought they’d struck it rich, the sacred peak has been called Diamond Head.
The coast is an easy walk from Waikiki and there are some good beaches below the cliffside road and viewpoints.