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The Real Treasure is at the Summit

Diamond Head is an extinct volcanic crater named for the crystals that fooled 19th century British sailors into thinking that the nearby beach was scattered with diamonds.

It's not only a famous landmark, but also a tempting hike for visitors. The hike is classed as moderate, and is a rewarding excursion for intrepid hikers and casual visitors alike. The average time to get to the top is about an hour, with 30 minutes for the descent. There's a good trail with a railing on the outside but the last set of 99 stairs is fairly steep, so make sure to take it at your own pace.

Glorious views from the summit make the effort worthwhile, so take your time enjoying your achievement while listening to the waves crashing on the beach below. You've earned it!

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