When looking at a picture like this it is hard to believe that only a short time ago the land and beaches that are now Waikiki and Honolulu were once swampy fields. Then, they had a rugged island beauty. Now, they have a more landscaped beauty.
The view from Diamond head: Waikiki & Honolulu
Either way, it is an excellent view from atop nearby Diamond Head pu’u (cinder cone) overlooking the city and the coastline. An eye to the ocean reveals incoming sets of waves, part of what makes Waikiki and Oahu famous.