Did you know that Diamond Head was the first United States military reservation in Hawaiʻi with Fort Ruger being built directly in the interior of the crater?
Lēʻahi otherwise known as Diamond Head is one of Oʻahu’s defining features that tourists flock to year after year. The crater was given the name Diamond Head by British sailors who thought they had discovered diamonds on the crater’s slopes in the 19th century, however these so-called “diamonds” were shiny olivine that turned out to have no monetary value.
Formed more than 100,000 years ago, the crater was used as a strategic military lookout since the early 1900’s and was named a National Natural Monument in 1968. These days, the crater is home to one of Oahu’s most popular hiking destinations and one of the most iconic landmarks to come out of Hawaii.
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