Diamond Head

Diamond Head


Diamond Head is the most recognizable landmark in Oahu and the symbol of Waikiki. The 760 foot volcanic crater got its name from British sailors who mistook the sparkling white calcite crystals in the rocks for diamonds. It has been an extinct volcano for over 150,000 years and was the site of an ancient temple where the last human sacrifices were carried out on the island.

The neighborhoods of the Diamond Head area are:

Palolo

Palolo is in a valley that parallels Manoa. It’s a neighborhood of mostly single family homes located less than a mile from Diamond Head and four miles east of downtown Honolulu. The mouth of the valley is densely populated with single-family homes. There is an agricultural area on the mountain side of the valley. Ka’au Crater, an extinct volcano, lies at the back of the valley. The Palolo stream cuts through, joining the Manoa stream which empties into the Ala Wai Canal.

Waialae

Waialea is east of Diamond Head in an exclusive area of multi-million dollar homes. A resort and golf club border Waialae Beach Park, which is also known as Kahala Beach. The park has a free public beach, a long, narrow stretch of sand that looks out to the Koolau Mountains. A river bisects the park and the two sections are connected by a white stone bridge. A wide grassy lawn with picnic tables is a preferred wedding location.

Kahala

Kahala is the exclusive “Beverly Hills” of Honolulu, being the wealthiest part of Oahu. Kahala Hotel Resort and Spa is in this exclusive part of Honolulu bordered by Diamond Head crater and Waialae Country Club. Kahala has a collection of gorgeous multi-million dollar homes to rival those any where in the world. If the neighborhood is recognizable, it may be because “Hawaii Five-O” and “Magnum PI” television shows were filmed in Kahala.




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