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The hidden tunnels of Diamond Head

By Denby Fawcett
Special to the Star-Advertiser

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Aug 03, 2014

~~<p>Almost 3,000 people enter Diamond Head each day to walk up to the summit and admire the sweeping views of Waikiki. Most of them focus on the hiking trail, unaware they are in the midst of dozens of concealed military structures dating back to before World War I.</p>
<p>Diamond Head, also known by its Hawaiian name, Leahi, is honeycombed with about 20 hidden tunnels excavated into the crater's lava and ash. The Army constructed the tunnels to hold everything from artillery pieces to underground rooms where Hawaii's governor and lieutenant governor could be taken to keep the state running if there was a major military attack on Oahu or a natural disaster destroyed most of the island's infrastructure.</p>
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Almost 3,000 people enter Diamond Head each day to walk up to the summit and admire the sweeping views of Waikiki. Most of them focus on the hiking trail, unaware they are in the midst of dozens of concealed military structures dating back to before World War I.

Diamond Head, also known by its Hawaiian name, Leahi, is honeycombed with about 20 hidden tunnels excavated into the crater's lava and ash. The Army constructed the tunnels to hold everything from artillery pieces to underground rooms where Hawaii's governor and lieutenant governor could be taken to keep the state running if there was a major military attack on Oahu or a natural disaster destroyed most of the island's infrastructure. Login for more...



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