Diamond Head crater

Diamond Head volcano

   Diamond Head is a promontory in northwestern Hawaii, on the southeastern coast of Oahu Island, about 5 miles southwest of Honolulu. Diamond Head is a famous landmark of Hawaii. It is an extinct volcano, and rises about 760 feet above Kaiwi Channel. The promontory is the site of a lighthouse and of Fort Ruger, a Hawaii National Guard installation. The crater of the volcano is part of the military installation, and sections of it are used as a rifle range. The ancient Hawaiians believed that the volcano was at one time the home of Pele, the goddess of volcanoes. Visitors may drive through a tunnel that leads into the crater.