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Posted on Dec 21, 2018

Diamond Head (Lē‘ahi) is one of Hawaii’s most iconic geological features and a significant natural, cultural, historical, and recreational resource, hosting over 1 milliion visitors per year. The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), Division of State Parks (Hawaii State Parks), has the opportunity to improve and diversify the visitor’s experience and recreational opportunities with Diamond Head State Monument.  The State Department of Defense (State DOD) is transferring areas currently closed to the public inside and outside Diamond Head crater to Hawaii State Parks for public use.  This transfer of previously closed areas will allow the Department to implement access, safety enhancements and improvements identified in the 2003 Diamond Head State Master Plan Update. 


The Department is proposing improvements to the Diamond Head State Monument in an effort to improve pedestrian safety and enhance the visitor experience in and around the crater. One of the first phases of this transfer proposes to open the Kapahulu Tunnel and the adjacent historic structure of Battery Harlow to pedestrian traffic as the sole pedestrian (vehicle free) entrance into Diamond Head crater.  The Department seeks your participation in this planning process.  Your input is valued, and we would love to hear from you!


Hawaii State Parks is starting the new year off with two giveaways each day from Monday, December 24, 2018 through January 14th, 2019. Participating is easy. Enter by visiting the link to our story map below for a chance to win FREE merchandise from the Diamond Head Visitor Center! PBR Hawai‘i will contact the winner via email for delivery of the merchandise. To learn more, visit