The state announced Tuesday that an additional Diamond Head summit trail repair project is needed to improve a section of the lower hiking trail.
Anyone planning to hike the summit trail between Wednesday, Jan. 3, through Friday, Jan. 19, needs to be aware that the summit trail will be closed all day Mondays through Fridays.
The summit trail will be open regular park hours on Saturdays, Sundays and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday on Monday, Jan. 15.
"Over one million people hike the steep, hot trail to the summit of Diamond Head for its magnificent views, making it one of the most visited State Parks," said State Parks administrator Curt Cottrell in a press release." However, the soft, crumbly rock (volcanic tuff) that makes up Diamond Head leaves this landmark susceptible to deterioration due to the natural effects of erosion, as well as the numbers of people utilizing the trail. This trail stabilization work will ensure a safe hiking experience for park visitors.”
Contracted work to mitigate rockfall hazards on Diamond Head was completed in mid-December and below the total project costs of $1.72 million. The cost savings will be used to repair the lower section of the summit trail, from the end of the concrete walkway to the historic generator building.
It’s anticipated that the “crater park” inside the crater floor (the parking lot, restroom, and visitor center and gift shop and lunch wagon) will remain open during most of the work.