Monday, September 13, 2010

Pigs on a Hike: Diamond Head (Honolulu, Hawaii)

Because I have to burn some of those calories somehow ...

One of the popular trails in Honolulu is the Diamond Head (Le'ahi) State Monument. Diamond Head is a crater believed to have formed about 300,000 years ago a trail to the summit was built in 1908 as part of the U.S. Army Coastal Artillery defense system.

The trail is almost all stairs and it's a pretty steep climb. Luckily, it's only a 0.8 mile hike one way, climbing 560 feet with 279 steps (the rest is an uphill slope).

The reward is a pretty magnificent view of the coast and the amazingly turquoise ocean.
I wanted to visit that lighthouse ...

You can almost get a 360-degree view of the island from the observation station at the summit (a small part of that is the crater, construction, and parking).

If that 1.6 mile hike almost did you in, you'd be glad to know that there's usually a truck at the end of the trail selling hot dogs, smoothies, shaved ice, etc.
Most of the smoothies are made using syrup but their pineapple one is made from real fruits (this being Hawaii and all). Pictured below is the mango smoothie, which while may not be one of the best smoothies you'll have in your life, it'll taste damn good after a hike.

Diamond Head Road at 18th Ave.
Waikiki Honolulu, Oahu, HI



just booked my trip to Hawaii (but to Maui)! Looking forward to some fresh mango smoothies. BTW.. I was the girl with dianatakesabite at Test Kitchen w/ Starry Kitchen. Wish I knew that was you so I would introduce myself! I asked Diana later who you were. Sigh

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