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Top 5 Favorite Hawaii Scenic Lookouts: HAWAII Magazine reader poll results


Diamond Head Crater Summit

(Honolulu, Oahu)

Hawaii’s most popular hike—more than 1.3 million people annually take it—finishes with a sublime 360-degree view of Oahu’s scenic, but very urban south shore. Look east: Views of Koko Head, Koko Crater and the suburban residential communities of Kahala, Hawaii Kai and points in between. Look north: It’s the interior of Diamond Head Crater, and valleys and ridges morphing from home-lined streets to lush forests as they move deeper into the Koolau mountains. Look south: Waves crash off reefs at the foot of Diamond Head, with the vast blue Pacific stretching out to the horizon. Look west: There’s the entirety of urban Honolulu, stretching from Waikiki’s beaches to the Ewa plain and Waianae mountains beyond. Is the view from the lookout worth a hike to the summit of an extinct volcanic tuff cone with, on any given day, thousands of other visitors? Our readers say, "Definitely!"

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