With new reservation system in place, Diamond Head is seeing fewer hikers and rescues

  • Source: KFVE-TV CBS 5 Kailua-Kona
  • Published: 08/08/2022 05:03 PM

The trail up Diamond Head is one of the most popular hikes in Hawaii. Officials might say it’s a bit too popular. Three months ago, a reservation system was imposed to control the crowds and keep hikers safer. To get to the beautiful views of Diamond Head, hikers trek up a steep 0.8 miles to the summit. “It’s only 10 a.m. and we’re both sweating,” said Honolulu Fire Department Captain and Public Information Officer Jamie Kinard. “It’s hot. It’s pretty warm,” said Stephanie Strohm, a Missouri visitor. “We actually did see somebody in a sun dress on this hike.” Strohm might have seen Shani Landau and Liron Glassner, who were visiting from Israel. “We didn’t expect it to be this strenuous,” said Glassner. Landau added, “But we made it. We survived.”


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