Pixel Postcard: Backside of Diamond Head

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Pixel Postcard: Backside of Diamond Head

Posted by: Kim Steutermann Rogers
Destination: Oahu
Feb 18, 2014

view of diamond head from backside
This week in Hawaii, those of us on the windward sides of the islands are drying out after a series of wet weather patterns that sprouted waterfalls and mud puddles here and there around the island chain. There was actually blue sky covering my corner of paradise today, and for that, I am thankful.

Last week, I found myself on a boat off Waikiki on another such sunny day. (One of the great things about Waikiki is its location on the leeward side of the island pretty much guarantees sun almost every day of the year. If it does rain in Waikiki, the sun often shines right through the raindrops.)

Some people oohed and awed over the humpback whales rolling around on the surface of the water; whereas, I was more intrigued by a hump of another kind. That of the pronounced brow of Diamond Head, which explains its Hawaiian name of Leahi, translating, roughly, to English as “brow” (lae) and “tuna” (ahi). The common name came from 19th century sailors who mistook the calcite crystals for the gemstone. (The only people I know who have founds diamonds in Hawaii are those carrying metal detectors around Waikiki Beach;-)

As our boat rounded Diamond Head, we got a view of the crater—the backside—that I last saw from the vantage of an outrigger canoe. The volcanic tuff cone is an impressive sight from the water, rising 761 feet above sea level. It’s thought that Diamond Head was formed in a late eruption some 300,000 years ago over, some say over a very short period of time, perhaps a few days. And due to its location near the coastline, the eruption would have been an explosive one as the hot magma mixed with the cool water. Talk about Waikiki fireworks!

Do you have a photo of Diamond Head? I'd love to see it. Just post it to the OutriggerHawaii.com Facebook page, and I just may feature it here in a future Pixel Postcard.

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Sunny | Feb 19, 2014 05:39 AM

Oh my, this is an amazing change in perspective! This photo gives me a whole new concept Leahi. Thanks for always sharing the true Hawaiian names of your subject matter.

Kim | Feb 19, 2014 10:47 AM

Hi Sunny, thanks for your comment. Isn't it fascinating to see something familiar in a new way, as if for the first time? P.S. Love the smile your name brings to my face;-)

juliet | Jun 01, 2014 06:13 PM

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juiet | Jun 01, 2014 06:09 PM

Wow! great view, thanks for sharing let's talk about vacation http://bit.ly/1knW2fN

juliet | Jun 01, 2014 08:08 PM

Wow! great view, thanks for sharing let's talk about vacation http://bit.ly/1knW2fN

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