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.
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.
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."
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