USA -->  HAWAI -->  Diamond Head, Oahu
Just up the beach from Waikiki, this jagged peak is the remnants of an ancient volcanic cone. When the United States annexed Hawaii in 1898, Diamond Head was converted into a military base, complete with gun emplacements looking out onto the harbour.

The hike to the summit takes you along the inner crater wall, through a series of unlit tunnels, and out onto an observation platform with a 360 degree view of Honolulu. On a clear day, Maui is visible to the north. Most people won't find the 2.8 km hike too challenging, but bring a torch and plenty of water. Restrooms and parking are available at the trailhead.

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