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Diamond Head Road Overlooks

Oahu, Hawaii, United States

Description

Diamond Head Road Overlooks are several lookouts along Diamond Head Road that you can pull into by car. You can gaze over Black Point and the little coves below. Instead of parking at the lookouts, I prefer to make a walk of this area by parking further down on Paki Ave, beside beautiful Kapiolani Park. Starting at Kapiolani Park, I love to take in the happy feel of the big triangular park. Dry yellow-green lawns dotted with twisted shower trees, children playing ball and flying kites, fit soccer players sweating out a game, and sometimes even a glimpse of a lanky giraffe's neck from over in Honolulu Zoo. Walking along Kalakaua Ave to where it ends at Coconut Ave and Tonggs Beach, I delight in the little gingerbread houses that seem so out of place in Hawaii. I go for a quick stroll in front of the gingerbread houses and above the sea on the tiny walkway named Tonggs Beach. A left turn on Coconut Avenue leads me out of the gingerbread neighborhood and onto Diamond Head Rd. I walk past lovely beach access parks and the attractive Diamond Head lighthouse, and then stop to rest on the stone wall at one of the lookouts. It's a great, short hike!
From the lookouts, you can walk down a path to the beach. It's not a nice place to swim because it's rocky. Walk along the sand toward Kahala and you will find coves, such as Doris Duke Beach that have great swimming and snorkeling.

Photo Gallery


Diamond Head Beach as seen from the overlooks.

If you walk a while around the sand to the left after descending down to Diamond Head Beach, you will find these great swimming beaches.

Pulling up at one of the overlooks at dusk.

Someone sweet made this little garden with flags from around the world.
 

Directions

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Use your GPS to find this spot: 3475 Diamond Head Rd, Honolulu HI 96816. Park along the road on Kalakaua Ave, or Paki Ave, to do the walk. There is a large parking lot on the park side of Paki Ave and a restroom. Otherwise, simply pull off by car into one of the lookouts on the ocean side of Diamond Head Rd for a nice view.
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