For some reason (and also because I knew nothing about Diamond Head), I thought that this would be a walk-around to see the flora and fauna, waterfalls and rock formations. Turns out it was a hike of no less than 760 feet to the top!
Luckily, there were many folks my age and older, and we would step off the trail now and then to catch our breath. But it was all worth it; the views were amazing, there was a refreshing cool breeze the whole way, and also I met some wonderful people. By the time we got back down again, we all received certificates of achievement in climbing Diamond Head. Quite frankly, it was a sight to see from all angles, and I have the blisters to prove it!
I learned a lot from being on my own in Oahu. Certainly the tours were wonderful, and I got to meet a lot of people from all over the world. It was a huge life lesson in how to manage on my own; I hadn’t realized how very dependent I had become with the Crankee Yankee. In fact, in the nearly 17 years that we have been married, I slowly began to become lazy.
If we traveled anywhere, I was happy to let the Crankee Yankee drive. If there was a problem with anything regarding the house, the vehicles, the bank, etc., the Crankee Yankee handled it all.
When I was single, I did everything on my own and managed just fine. When I was married to my first husband, it was me who handled all the money, bills, cooking, cleaning; in short, just about everything.
Over the years, the Crankee Yankee and I have our own system which works beautifully for us. He handles everything to do with the house, vehicles, banking, etc., and I manage the indoor and outdoor cats, the laundry, cooking, cleaning and so forth. It’s a routine we both agree on and are comfortable with.
I sort of found myself just by being on my own for two weeks. I missed the Crankee Yankee and all the cats, and in the last four days of my trip, I really wanted to go home. Funny how that is; you finally go on the trip of your dreams, and it turns out that home is really where you want to be.
From AYC And You Creations, some Diamond Head Facts:
- Used To Be a Military Base
The first military reservation on the islands of Hawaii was called Fort Ruger and was built inside the crater of Diamond Head. It was purchased for $3,300 in 1905 by the US Government. The government considered Diamond Head the perfect place for a military presence because the elevation and steep mountain walls acted as the perfect spot to fire in a 360 degree radius at incoming ships in the nearby waters. Diamond Head Crater is now a state park and no longer used as a military facility.
2. Diamond Head Mountain is 300,000 Years Old
About 300,000 years ago, there were small volcanic eruptions on the island of Oahu creating 3 significant craters in the area: Punchbowl, Diamond Head, and Koko Head. To the Southeast of Diamond Head is an area called Blackpoint, created by the lava flow from the eruptions. It’s interesting to note that the eruptions in some places covered coral reefs that now are over 100 feet above sea level, meaning the sea level was at least that much higher than it is now. It was an active volcano at one time, over 150,000 years ago, but has been dormant since and there’s no lava in the crater.
3. How Diamond Head Got Its Name
The name of Diamond Head became famous in the 1820’s when crews from British ships discovered calcite crystals on the crater. Because they believed they were diamonds, they named the famous volcano what it’s currently known as. Later, the British found that the crystals were, in fact, not diamonds.
4. Mount Le’Ahi
To the locals in Hawaii, Diamond Head Crater is actually called Le’Ahi. Le’Ahi means “brow of the tuna fish”. Hawaiians believe the legend that Pele’s sister, Hi’iaka gave it the name because from a distance, the crater looks like the back and fin of a tuna fish.