The last time we were in Hawaii, I was pregnant. I still managed to climb up Diamond Head, but not for sunrise. This year we were determined to make it to the top in time to get some pictures of the sunrise. Thanks to jet lag we were consistently waking up between 5 and 5:30, so we easily made it. It was totally worth it. We weren’t the only ones with the same brilliant idea, obviously. At least two tour buses arrived at the parking lot at the same time as us, so it was actually a slow walk up.
Nevertheless, we arrived at the top in time for a beautiful view.
After getting thoroughly sweaty and rust stained from the metal railings, we made a stop at Bogart’s. This cash-only, made-to-order, hole-in-the-wall is the perfect place to stop for breakfast after a walk up Diamond Head. Judging from the crowd on Sunday morning, it’s a favorite of both natives and tourists. It’s also gluten free and vegetarian/vegan friendly. And like the sushi we ate, so delicious I didn’t stop to take a picture!
I highly recommend the walk up to Diamond Head for gorgeous sunrise views. A waitress told us the hidden gem for sunrises is Deadman’s Catwalk on Kamehame Ridge. Maybe next time, if I feel up to bypassing all the no trespassing signs!