Diamond Head Hike – Why Do We Rush to the Top?

Diamond Head Hike

Last year I wrote a blog post about hiking Diamond Head. It is one of my favorite Hawaii blog posts. It has information about the history of Diamond Head and specifics of the Diamond Head Hike. When I hiked Diamond Head with my brother I had a different experience. I realized this Diamond Head Hike was very similar to my life.

View from the top of Diamond Head

View from the top of Diamond Head


The Diamond Head Hike should take around 1 1/2 to 2 hours roundtrip. On previous hikes I took my time to stop at the lookouts and take in the beautiful scenery. When I hiked with my brother we decided to time ourselves to see how fast we could get to the top. We started the timer and took off!

We made it to the top in less than 16 minutes. We were not able to jog because of the crowds so we were pleased with the time. When we got to the top we were rewarded with breathtaking views of Oahu.




It was fun to “race” to the top but we missed out on the enjoyment of the lookouts and the simple pleasure of the hike because we were so anxious to get to the top. I catch myself doing this in my day to day life. Instead of enjoying the moment I am busy checking off my to do list so I can “get to the top”. Life is short and precious. We miss out on many special moments because we are busy rushing around. In today’s society we spend more time checking our phones than checking to find out what is important to those sitting next to us. We are often thinking about what we need to accomplish next instead of simply taking time to cherish the now.

In Hawaii you may hear a reference to Aloha Time. Aloha Time is similar to Island Time but with the deeper meaning that things happen at the time they are meant to happen. With Aloha Time there are no deadlines but simply a divine plan unfolding. I think Aloha Time is what makes many Hawaii Vacations so refreshing. We finally stop and enjoy what is important. Next time you find yourself rushing “to the top” make yourself take the time to stop and smell the plumerias – the to do list will always be there but some of life’s precious moments will pass by in an instant.


Be sure to check out my previous post about the Diamond Head Hike when the Hawaii Tours Traveling Trio took on Diamond Head and made a video of the adventure!

Have you experienced Aloha Time?

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5 Responses to Diamond Head Hike – Why Do We Rush to the Top?

  1. The next time I see the top of Diamond head will be by helicopter,lol,see you in 2015..

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Patricia – Sounds like a great way to see Diamond Head!!

  3. John says:

    Great post!

  4. Diane Fradella says:

    Your comment about missing out on the important things when you are trying to get to the top.is so true. I hope your readers take this very seriously. Believe me for I am in my late sixties and you can never go back and do it again so begin TODAY to enjoy the important people around you which I think should be your FAMILY They should always come FIRST! Life is too short to miss out on the important things.

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