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Oct 03, 2013 20:41 |  #1846

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Oct 04, 2013 00:40 |  #1847

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Sorry DT - just saw this. Little under 2 hours from Ala Moana to Turtle Bay where they turn around on #55. #52 will get you up to Sunset and Waimea Bay in about an hour and 40 mins from Ala Moana. I recall doing it faster once by riding one of the City Express buses and getting lucky with my transfer. Bus drivers are great, they know their stuff and are very helpful.

I see... hmm.... guess we will stick to car. we have lots of things to do so can't wait for busses. thanks for the info Rick. :)

another question. any idea when its good for diamond head hike? and if there should be a time we should avoid?




  
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Oct 04, 2013 01:45 |  #1848

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I see... hmm.... guess we will stick to car. we have lots of things to do so can't wait for busses. thanks for the info Rick. :)

another question. any idea when its good for diamond head hike? and if there should be a time we should avoid?


Waikiki to the North Shore by car along going via the H-1 & H-2 should take no more than 35-40 minutes or so.

You can also go the long way via the East coast roads, but that will take hours, not just becasue it is a much longer route, but also becasue there are so many great spots to stop and take photos from.


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Oct 04, 2013 02:06 |  #1849

DTBaan wrote in post #16344910 (external link)
I see... hmm.... guess we will stick to car. we have lots of things to do so can't wait for busses. thanks for the info Rick. :)

another question. any idea when its good for diamond head hike? and if there should be a time we should avoid?

Diamond Head will be PACKED pretty much any time.

Here's some pics from the last time I went up (August 10, 2013) (external link).

This is a pic at 7:00 am (about an hour after the trail opens). At the top you can see how crowded the summit is.

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For pics of Waikiki, in the morning the sun will be behind you, in the evening the sun will be setting behind Waikiki. During the midday it's FREAKING hot.

Also, be prepared for tourists, especially Japanese/Korean tourists, going up the trail in their high heels and fancy clothes.

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Oct 04, 2013 03:07 |  #1850

Kiapolo, we always go to Hawaii during November / December, and I honestly have never seen the Diamond Head trail as busy as in your photo.

I know the exact spot in your photo, as the bottom left corner is the "lookout" looking back over the crater towards the coast, and on our trips up the trail, there has never been more than a couple of people at that lookout area when we get there.

We have never had to "wait" at the summit to take in the view....We have always gone up the stairs straight to the top with no more than about 20 other people at most up there at the same time as us.

Not sure if we have been lucky on our trips up Diamond Head, or if you have been unlucky with the crowds, but we have always had a minimal amount of people on the trail when we have hiked to the top. Maybe it is also a "seasonal" thing with the crowds as we are in Hawaii during their "winter" months.


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Oct 04, 2013 11:24 |  #1851

DTBaan wrote in post #16344910 (external link)
I see... hmm.... guess we will stick to car. we have lots of things to do so can't wait for busses. thanks for the info Rick. :)

another question. any idea when its good for diamond head hike? and if there should be a time we should avoid?

I like the buses, gives me time to chit chat with the locals, and I don't have to park the car. They're not fast, if time is short a car is a good idea.

Only been up Diamond head a few times, always in the winter. Never seen it crowded like in that photo, but then I've never gone up there early in the day, 7am for me is coffee and reading the paper, not climbing up an old volcano. I have climbed it around 11 am once and a couple of times after 4pm. It's usually quite a bit warmer then and that might discourage the hoards but the heat doesn't bother me. It's a nice walk, best followed by a visit to Leonard's Bakery to gulp down some malasadas before heading over to Dukes for a beer and some music.




  
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Oct 04, 2013 12:05 |  #1852

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Diamond Head will be PACKED pretty much any time.

Here's some pics from the last time I went up (August 10, 2013).This is a pic at 7:00 am (about an hour after the trail opens). At the top you can see how crowded the summit is.http://farm6.staticfli​ckr.com …81917098_5f2b8f​ef44_b.jpg (external link) (external link)

For pics of Waikiki, in the morning the sun will be behind you, in the evening the sun will be setting behind Waikiki. During the midday it's FREAKING hot.

Also, be prepared for tourists, especially Japanese/Korean tourists, going up the trail in their high heels and fancy clothes.

thanks for your information. if they can go up with nice clothes i'm sure I can walk up with my gears. do you think a tripod is necessary for diamond head? and how long is the hike from parking to the view point? lol




  
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Oct 04, 2013 12:10 |  #1853

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I like the buses, gives me time to chit chat with the locals, and I don't have to park the car. They're not fast, if time is short a car is a good idea.

Only been up Diamond head a few times, always in the winter. Never seen it crowded like in that photo, but then I've never gone up there early in the day, 7am for me is coffee and reading the paper, not climbing up an old volcano. I have climbed it around 11 am once and a couple of times after 4pm. It's usually quite a bit warmer then and that might discourage the hoards but the heat doesn't bother me. It's a nice walk, best followed by a visit to Leonard's Bakery to gulp down some malasadas before heading over to Dukes for a beer and some music.

yeah if I had time Id do buss too. saves money and hassle. :)

oh leonard's is on the schedule for two visits hehe. if the others like it I will persuade them to have some more :D

i plan on catching sunrise in the early morning and attempt for a morning jog if possible. sipping coffee is also an idea :) any coffee place other then starbucks you would recomend? i saw island vintage that I may try.




  
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Oct 04, 2013 12:14 |  #1854

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Waikiki to the North Shore by car along going via the H-1 & H-2 should take no more than 35-40 minutes or so.

You can also go the long way via the East coast roads, but that will take hours, not just becasue it is a much longer route, but also becasue there are so many great spots to stop and take photos from.

wow thats fast. id think it would take about 2 hours least to get to north shore. thanks for the information :)

id Go around and have many stops but will be traveling with others so the long route would not be considered. but who knows hehe




  
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Oct 04, 2013 12:42 |  #1855

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Kiapolo, we always go to Hawaii during November / December, and I honestly have never seen the Diamond Head trail as busy as in your photo...
Not sure if we have been lucky on our trips up Diamond Head, or if you have been unlucky with the crowds, but we have always had a minimal amount of people on the trail when we have hiked to the top. Maybe it is also a "seasonal" thing with the crowds as we are in Hawaii during their "winter" months.

I usually go in the mornings. The pic/link I posted aren't even the worst. I went up in December a couple years ago (right after the new bypass near the top opened up) right at opening. I actually got there at about 5:45 am and waited at the gate with a crap ton of other cars and buses. That trip was crazy, it was a herded mass of people going up the trail. It was still dark and the trail was absolutely packed to capacity. Luckily some fitness lady was attempting to run up the trail and she was forcing people out of her way as she ran up the trail. I followed in her wake and made good time to the summit before sunrise. But, by the time I finished, the trail had cleared significantly.

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Line of tour buses, vans and cars waiting to get into Diamond Head.

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Crowd at the summit.

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Significant clearing by the time I was finished

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Oct 04, 2013 12:46 |  #1856

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do you think a tripod is necessary for diamond head?

Depends on when you go. If you go around the tail end of December AND you go right when the trail opens (gates open at 6:00 am...you should probably be at the gate at 5:45 am), then you will get a GREAT view of Waikiki and the lights of Waikiki in the pre-dawn morning. Beautiful view. You made need to go off the official trail to get space to set up a tripod, but that's not a problem. If you go any other time, you don't need a tripod.

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how long is the hike from parking to the summit

About 30 minutes if you're taking a good pace. About 45-60 minutes if you're stopping to take pics.


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Oct 04, 2013 14:57 as a reply to  @ kiapolo's post |  #1857

yikes! hopefully it'll be less crowded in of this month hehe.

45-50.. so I should leave it at 4 hours time duration on my schedule...

thanks again :)

forgot to mention about that crowd, hope I wont be in that mess. but if i was i hope there will be lots of attractive gals :)




  
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Oct 04, 2013 15:05 as a reply to  @ DTBaan's post |  #1858

Rick. I think I'm going to get myself a 'got malasadas?' souvenir tshirt at leonards hehe




  
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Oct 04, 2013 16:13 |  #1859

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Rick. I think I'm going to get myself a 'got malasadas?' souvenir tshirt at leonards hehe

Yes, you have to get a couple malasadas. If you're out and about in your car, watch for the Lenoards Malasadamobile Wagon, I've found it in Waikele, near K-Mart.

When are you going to be there? I'll be there Sat.

Coffee, depends on where you're staying. In Waikiki, I like Peets coffee, there is one or maybe two in the Sheraton Waikiki. The one "in" the hotel is better than that little stand they have setup out front. Also like Honolulu Coffee, it's in the Moana Surfrider Hotel, their Kona is very tasty, nice people working there too, good pastries. Great thing about this place is you can get a coffee and sit in the rockers at the hotel and watch life go by. I like Starbucks too, the one on Kuhio Ave near Seaside is my favorite. The Starbucks up by the Trump building is good, but very noisy in the morning. The big garbage truck parks in front and then all the little satellite pickups bring garbage to it. Good in the PM or night.




  
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Oct 04, 2013 20:17 |  #1860

I hope it is raining when I go. That looks like a reason not to climb up there.

Enjoy your trips guys, hope the govt. isn't still shut down. Get your Arizona tickets online.


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