Diamond Head| A neighborhood overview.
The Diamond Head neighborhood of Honolulu is a luxurious tropical paradise.
Diamond Head, Honolulu’s most sought-after area for premium beachfront houses and harbor views, has long been revered by native Hawaiians. The neighborhoods of Kahala and Diamond Head are often grouped together based on proximity—Diamond Head Road turns into Kahala Avenue—and because they share accessibility to landmarks, amenities, shopping, destinations and restaurants. The Diamond Head crater, a well-known volcanic tuff cone, is a major natural attraction in the area.
Diamond Head truly has everything. The eponymous Crater and Monument, Diamond Head Beach Park, the thriving commercial strip of Kapahulu Ave., the Ala Wai Golf Course, and the Wa’ahila Ridge hiking trail are all located in this quaint oceanfront neighborhood. Furthermore, the ‘hood shares borders with both Kahala’s luxury residential neighborhoods and Kaimuki’s foodie-favorite Waialae Ave. Kapi’olani Park, walkable and bikeable from many parts of the neighborhood, and the quieter beaches on the outskirts of Waikiki are popular among residents.
From the ocean to the jungle, outdoor sports to boutique gyms, quick plate lunches to five-star restaurants, this city has nearly everything a person could want. Expect the unexpected—you’ll be pleasantly surprised! Diamond Head is in close proximity to both Waikiki and downtown Honolulu, making its location incredibly convenient. This is the kind of neighborhood where everyone knows where to go for lunch and coffee, and where the sprawling Kapi’olani Park hosts a variety of recreational and athletic activities. Diamond Head is a little younger and trendier than the eloquent Kahala, but the iconic architecture and genteel street life indicate that this is still an affluent community. Residents tend to live calm, community-oriented lives, patronizing the local restaurants and shops, regularly visiting the beaches and parks, and staying clear of the tourist-heavy crater hike, which is as crowded as it is beautiful. Diamond Head makes it easy to live an active lifestyle by allowing visitors to walk to the beach from a variety of locations for a surf or swim. The Diamond Head Loop is a popular running route since it has free outdoor gym equipment as well as toilets and drink fountains. The tranquil Kaimana Beach, the Waikiki Aquarium, and the wonderful Honolulu Zoo are all within short walking distance for kids (and parents). Vacationers and locals line up for the famous sweet treat options on Monsarrat Ave: fresh-fruit shave ice at Monsarrat Shave Ice, açai bowls at Da Cove Health Bar, and banana “nice cream” at the Banán truck.
In the Diamond Head housing market, you’ll find condos and single family residences, smaller housing units near the ocean, historic luxurious estates tucked away on some of the backroads, and a block of incredibly cute historic oceanfront French Tudors that have barely changed hands since the 1970s. In Quaint courts and roundabouts like Pualei Circle, which is just a block from the main area of Monsarrat Ave but feels secluded and tucked away, mid-priced condos turn over fairly frequently.