Known for its expansive beachfront estates, luxurious hotels, and pristine natural beauty, Diamond Head has earned the moniker “the Beverly Hills of Hawaii.” Not only is it home to Diamond Head Crater, one of the most iconic natural landmarks in the world, it’s also home to a slew of professional athletes and Hollywood stars. Conveniently located on Oahu’s south shore, it’s in proximity to all of the shopping, dining, and nightlife Waikiki has to offer, yet far enough away to provide a respite from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Outdoor enthusiasts visiting Diamond Head don’t need to look far for adventure, where surfing, parasailing and a variety of other water activities abound. Hop in the car and enjoy a trip to the famous Sandy Beach to watch the body surfers, head to Makapu’u Beach or venture into Waikiki for dinner and shopping. Take a short scenic drive along the coast, where you’ll find incredible snorkeling at the renowned Hanauma Bay, or hike Koko Head stairs into the ominous crater—no matter what your interests, there’s plenty to do and see. Visitors are often captivated by the area’s history which dates back to the 1800s when the now-dormant volcano was still active.
Diamond Head earned its name when sailors had thought there were diamonds inside the crater. Although the giant volcano turned out to be void of all such treasure, the name stuck. In the early 1900s, a lighthouse was built to help guide vessels into the Honolulu Harbor. The military used the crater to house soldiers after purchasing it in 1904. Today, the bunkers still exist and are popular hiking destination and historical sites.
As the surrounding area was developed, a number of homes began to crop up. Notable locals such as land developer Walter Dillingham built large estates in Diamond Head. Other well-to-do residents, followed, which eventually established the area as an upscale enclave.
Diamond Head remains one of the most desirable spots on Oahu. Beachfront homes sell for anywhere between $5 to 50 million—and it only takes one trip to Diamond Head to understand why it’s the perfect mix of luxury and rugged natural beauty. It’s also home to Kahala Mall, Whole Foods plus dozens of restaurants and boutiques. Close to downtown, picturesque beaches, and a myriad of outdoor activities, Diamond Head is the ideal place for those in search of high-end living.
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