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21º15’43”N 157º48’20”W

Welcome to Diamond Head

Diamond Head is a volcanic tuff cone on Oahu. Known to the Hawaiians as “Leahi,” this famous landmark was given its name in the 19th century by British sailors who mistook calcite crystals on the adjacent beach for diamonds. Geologists estimate Diamond Head to be about 400,000 to 500,000 years old. Frequently said to be extinct, it is actually dormant. In 1968, Diamond Head has declared a National Natural Landmark.

Points of Interest: Diamond Head Lighthouse, constructed in 1899 by Hawaii’s territorial government for $2,500, was remodeled in the 1960s and became the home of the Commanders of the Fourteenth Coast guard District. The lighthouse overlooks one of the most popular surfing spots on the island. At the foot of Diamond Head Crater lies one of Hawaii’s most cherished treasures, Diamond Head Theatre. The third oldest community theatre in the U.S., Diamond Head Theatre began in 1915 as a company of theatergoers known as “The Footlights.” The name later changed to “Honolulu Community Theatre” and in 1990 to its current name. A short but steep trail to the 760-foot summit of Diamond Head Crater Lookout awards hikers with one of the most spectacular panoramic views the island has to offer.

 
 

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