Secrets of Diamond Head: A History and Trail Guide

Secrets of Diamond Head: A History and Trail Guide

by Denby Fawcett


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780615881294
Publisher: Denby Fawcett
Publication date: 05/30/2014
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,235,029
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Denby Fawcett is a veteran newspaper and television journalist. She is a graduate of Columbia University and was a Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University. She has been inducted into the Associated Press Television Radio Association’s Hall of Fame for a lifetime of achievement. Denby lives in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. She co-authoredWar Torn: Stories of War from the Women Reporters Who Covered Vietnam (Random House, 2002), a book about her and eight other women reporters who covered the Vietnam War.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

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

Epilogue 81

Notes 83

Bibliography 91

Acknowledgements 97

Index 99

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