Star-Bulletin Features


Sunday, April 22, 2001


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CRAIG T. KOJIMA / STAR-BULLETIN
The view from atop Diamond Head is so breathtaking
that on clear days you can see Lanai, Molokai and Maui.



Beautiful Diamond

It took a month of work and $240,000 to renovate. Now Diamond Head State Monument Park is back in business.

One of Oahu's most popular attractions reopened April 13. Guard rails were shored up. The parking lot was restriped. The bathrooms, fencing and information kiosk were painted.


CRAIG T. KOJIMA / STAR-BULLETIN
The tunnel that features 99 steps.



The view of Waikiki, Manoa and Palolo valleys, and the East Oahu coastline is still spectacular from the summit, 760 feet above the pounding surf. And it can all be seen from more platforms that have safer, taller guard rails.

Park hours are 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, and there is a $1 admission fee. Frequent visitors can buy a year's pass for $10.

A master plan for the park hopes to add more rails, restrooms and parking.


CRAIG T. KOJIMA / STAR-BULLETIN
A construction crew member moves along a trail
that has a new railing. Most of the construction
materials had to be flown in by helicopter.



In some areas, fountain grass, a non-native plant, was sprayed with herbicide because it is a fire hazard.

Photographer Craig T. Kojima enhanced the photos by tinting portions of them in sepia tones. "This was to emphasize the natural aspect of Diamond Head. I wanted to show how unique that area is to Hawaii. If I didn't it would look like any other scene in Hawaii. When I tinted it (the photos) it really stood out ... it brought out the uniqueness of the whole area."


CRAIG T. KOJIMA / STAR-BULLETIN
Part of the newly renovated Diamond Head Trail.

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / STAR-BULLETIN
The summit from below.




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