The course offers up plenty of gorgeous Hawaiian scenery. In addition, runners can take in the Duke Kahanamoku Statue on Kalakaua Avenue, where the race begins. The statue was named for the five-time Olympic medalist in swimming who was later one of the earliest popularizers of surfing.
At Diamond Head Crater State Monument, runners will run all the way around the 475-acre park that circles what is perhaps Honolulu’s most famous site. Called a tuff volcano for the rock it is made of, Diamond Head erupted some 300,000 years ago, leaving the crater we know today, which is now filled with hiking trails and some of Hawaii’s most spectacular views.
The race begins at the statue of Duke Kahanamoku on Kalakaua Ave, with runners proceeding in a westward direction. Runners will then turn left onto the makai (oceanside) lanes of Ala Moana Blvd at the intersection of Ala Moana Blvd and Kalakaua Ave. Runners will proceed on Ala Moana Blvd, crossing over at Channel St, then to Nimitz Hwy, and will turn right onto Smith St, and right again onto South King St in an eastward direction. Two lanes of South King St will be closed and one lane will be open for through traffic with no parking allowed in this area of South King St. Runners will continue east on South King St, then turn right on Punchbowl St, using the three far right lanes of Punchbowl St. Runners will turn left onto Ala Moana Blvd and continue on the makai lanes of Ala Moana Blvd. Runners will turn right onto Kalakaua Ave and proceed past the Duke Kahanamoku statue. Runners will veer left onto Monsarrat Ave and head eastward up Monsarrat Ave toward Kapiolani Community College. Runners will continue around Diamond Head on Diamond Head Rd to Kalakaua Ave, in a westward direction and finish at the Honolulu Marathon Finish Line.
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