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The Diamond Head State Monument ,
by ALOHA DEAN

 

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  Called Lae'ahi (brow of the yellowfin tuna) by Hawaiians, this world famous landmark got its modern name in 1825 when the British sailors thought olivine crystals found on its slopes were diamonds. You may climb a steep stairway to the 760-foot rim of  the Diamond Head. Diamond Head Trail is 1 ¾ miles to the rim and takes about 1 ½ hours. There are two sets of stairs, one with 99 steps and the other, 76 steps. There is also a 225-foot unlit tunnel. The hike is classified as easy to moderate in exertion but is certainly worth the breathtaking, unparalleled view of the entire west side of the island, from Waikiki to Koki Head.
   

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