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Diamond Head

Diamond Head

Diamond Head

Quick facts about Diamond Head

Diamond Head is a volcanic tuff cone, known to Hawaiians as Lēahi, on the Hawaiian island of Oiddahu. More possibly, the Hawaiian name derives from lae (browridge, promontory) plus some ahi (tuna) because the ridgeline shape resembles the dorsal fin shape of a tuna. British sailors in the 19th century gave it its English name, mistook calcite crystals for diamonds on the nearby sand.

It was once an active volcano but for more than 150,000 years it hasn’t spewed any ashes. For many the extinct crater and lookout point at its peak is a popular hiking destination. In fact, Diamond Head is one of Oahu’s most photographed and painted spots, with many wall calendars and postcards adorning it.

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Interesting facts about Diamond Head

  • There used to be live concerts inside Diamond Head crater, the last one being held in 2006.
  • It is believed that it was a place of ritual sacrifice in the past.
  • The U.S. military took over Diamond Head in the years leading up to World War I and established troops inside the crater.
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