Many people know about Hawai‘i’s volcanic crater, Diamond Head, but very few are aware of the crater’s colorful past. After Diamond Head burst from the shore of O‘ahu in a series of steam explosions, the crater sat silent for hundreds of thousands of years, before becoming a backdrop to some of the most famous moments in Hawai‘i’s history. Author Denby Fawcett’s definitive book breathes life into the iconic but silent landmark, which some geologists consider the most perfect example of a volcanic tuff cone in the world. Secrets of Diamond Head traces the life of the crater from its birth to its use by hikers and the military today.
The book includes a complete trail guide as well as information on the ancient Hawaiians who erected five religious temples on the slopes of the crater known as Lē‘ahi. The modern history of the volcanic cone is just as fascinating, featuring everything from rock concerts to an on-going battle between community activists fighting to preserve the crater’s wild beauty and developers wanting to commercialize its open spaces. After reading Secrets of Diamond Head, you will never look at this geologic wonder in the same way.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Diamond Head Trail Guide 1
Chapter 2 Birth of a Crater 7
Chapter 3 Flora and Fauna 13
Chapter 4 Early Hawaiians and Diamond Head 21
Chapter 5 The Battle of Diamond Head 33
Chapter 6 The United States Military Takes Over the Crater 37
Chapter 7 Diamond Head: World War II 47
Chapter 8 Saving Diamond Head 59
Chapter 9 Crater Music Concerts 67
Chapter 10 Disneyland in Diamond Head 71
Chapter 11 Diamond Head's Future 75