The new linear-shaped park, about 1.3 miles in length, will feature a multi-use pathway, picnic areas and rest areas, irrigation and placement of native Hawaiian plants.
Local government authorities broke ground on the Diamond Head park project on April 4, 2012.
The Governor Shares His Thoughts
Governor Neil Abercrombie said of the project:
“Each year, thousands of visitors arrive by foot, car, bus or trolley to see Diamond Head Crater and climb its historic summit trail, which offers panoramic views of Waikiki, O‘ahu’s southern coastline and the Ko‘olau and Wai’anae mountains.”
“Over the past 10 years, the Department of Land and Natural Resources has invested in enhancements to this world-famous destination that balance stewardship of the valuable natural asset with maintaining access for kama‘aina and visitors.”
Diamond Head improvements
Diamond Head State Park welcomes over half a million visitors every year, with people coming to hike to the crater’s summit for a breathtaking view of Waikiki, Honolulu, and the Pacific Ocean. Diamond Head also features historic sites as well as famous Hawaii filming locations for shows like LOST and Hawaii 5-0.
The existing crater park and attraction, which draws 600,000 visitors annually, has enjoyed a variety of improvements in the last several years, including:
- Parking lot renovation
- Visitor kiosk station
- New comfort station
- Trail stabilization
- Tunnel and spiral staircase lighting
- Improved summit views
- New loop trail section that better directs the flow of foot traffic
The Master Plan
Currently, no sideway exists along several areas of Diamond Head Road. The initial phase of the new park project will add a walkway called the Fort Ruger Pathway, to be completed by November 2012.
Other elements of the Diamond Head State Monument Master Plan Update, including new irrigation, planting of native Hawaiian fauna, rest areas and picnic areas will continue as the project moves along.
“In the future, we are hopeful that we will be able to accomplish the other elements of the master plan that will help us better share this significant cultural, geological and historical site as a leading destination in Hawaii,” said William J. Aila, Jr., Department of Land and Natural Resources Chairperson.