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Diamond Head homes

Diamond Head was known as Leahi by ancient Hawaiians. Leahi means "brow of the tuna," referring to the profile of this crater.  Diamond Head reaches 760 feet above sea level at its peak. It has a diameter of 3,520 feet and covers 350 acres.

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Diamond Head is surrounded by Waikiki, Kaimuki and Kahala.  Diamond Head home prices start at approximately $1,500,000.  Luxury home prices start around $2,500,000.

Diamond Head driving directions:

From Honolulu Airport, take the H-1 freeway eastbound.  Take exit 25A onto King Street, past Market City Shopping Center, then turn right on Kapahulu Avenue.  Drive to the end of Kapahulu where it intersects with Kalakaua Avenue.  You are now at the edge of Waikiki.  Turn left on Kalakaua Avenue and proceed to Diamond Head.

Public schools serving the Diamond Head area include:

Diamond Head history and information

In the 1800's, British sailors saw shiny calcite crystals shining on the crater and thought there were diamonds in Hawaii's soil.  Hence the name "Diamond Head."  The Hawaiian translation of the British name is Kaimanahila,meaning- "diamond hill".  Near Fort Ruger Park (aka "Triangle Park") there's Kaimanahila street.

When the United States annexed Hawaii in 1898, Fort Ruger was established inside Diamond Head. Cannons were hidden in the sides of the crater and a deck was installed at the summit to watch for enemies.

In 1899 the Diamond Head Lighthouse was  built at the front of the crater.  The structure was demolished and a new lighthouse was built in 1917.  That lighthouse is still in use today and can be viewed from the road.  On rare occasions the Coast Guard gives guided tours of the historic site. 

Walking to the top of Diamond Head is a pleasant 1 1/2 mile hike (roundtrip). Bring drinking water and a camera! On a clear day one can see Molokai, Lanai and the Waianae mountain range, all from the Diamond Head lookout.

Neighborhoods near Diamond Head:

Waialae Kaimuki  

Mike Bates
Realtor Associate
Century 21 iProperties Hawaii

1585 Kapiolani Blvd #1533
Honolulu, HI 96814
Phone: 808-548-1220


I have been selling and buying properties in Canada, Hawaii and Japan for nearly 40 homes and found out Mr. Mike Bates is one of the best and I call him the king of real estate in Hawaii. I will keep asking him to buy and sell properties in the future for sure!

Thank you very much Mike for your great services and hard working manner for me in the past, present and future.
Yuji - April 2019
Mike was awesome. He was very patient and understanding with us. There were times where we just wanted to put things on hold due to the frustration however Mike stuck in with us. We truly appreciate all that he has done for us and will definitely recommend hom to any family or friends that are looking to buy a home. Alton and Janeen K. - August 2018
Excellent customer service! We bought and sold our home with Mike, he is the best realtor in Hawaii. Jerry and Candace G. - July 2018
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