Tel: (808) 732-8744 * 3045 Monsarrat Ave #5 * Honolulu, Hawaii 96815 Map * Mail Order
Aloha!!! E Komo Mai (Welcome)
Welcome to the Diamond Head Cove Health Bar. Diamond Head Cove Health Bar is located near the entrance to Diamond Head State Park on Montsarrat Ave. Map DHC specializes in fresh fruit smoothies, healthy salads, fruit and vegetable juices, fresh fish tacos, veggie wraps, gourmet hummus and guacamole, fruit cups and fresh poke and sashimi. The Hawaiian traditional drink Kava is also served and there is live contemporay Hawaiian music on Kava nights (A'wa nights) until midnight. Souvenir t-shirts and other Hawaii made items are also available. Part cafe, part gift shop, the art work by local artists on the walls and a Downing Hawaii surfboard (donated by Keoni himself) are for sale. Gift Shop
People have their pick of the lunch counter, small tables, carved wooden beaches or a nice fat sofa. Customers linger over breakfasts (muesli and muffins are available too) and drop in for casual lunches. Come evening, Diamond Head Cove is a kava bar with the best kava from the Big Island and live local music. You never know who will stop in to jam!
The owner of the Diamond Head Cove, Marcus Marcos died of cancer on December 6, 2010. Marcus was often seen surfing off Waikiki with his two labradors "Pono" and "Hone". Pono has been surfing a while and has been in a several episodes of the Hawaii based television series "Lost" as "Vincent". "Hone", Marcus's new chocolate colored lab is still a puppy and learning to surf.. Pono and Hone get along well. Check out Hone's first photos surfing. Hone surfing photos.
The spirit of Aloha carries on at the Diamond Head Cove Health Bar by Marcus' wife Ann , their staff , local musicans, patrons, friends and family.
The Diamond Head Cove Health Bar is located just before the entrance of Diamond Head State Park. See the view from the top of Diamond Head of nearby Waikiki. Diamond Head was originally named Leahi by the ancient Hawaiians. The name meant "brow of the tuna" and looking at the silhouette of the crater from Waikiki, you can see the resemblance. The current name came was given to the crater by British sailors in the 1800's. When they first saw the crater at a great distance, the calcite crystals in the lava rock appeared to glimmer in the sunlight. The sailors mistakenly thought there must be diamonds in the soil. Diamond Head is a crater that has been extinct for 150,000 years. The crater is 3,520 feet in diameter with a 760-foot summit. When the United States annexed Hawaii in 1898, harbor defense became a main responsibility. One of the major defense forts, Fort Ruger, occupied the Diamond Head Crater. A battery of canons was located within the crater providing complete concealment and protection from invading enemies. An observation deck was constructed at the summit in 1910 to provide target sighting and a four level underground complex was built within the walls of the crater as a command post. A 580-foot tunnel was dug through the crater wall to provide easier access to the Fort.
The observation deck and underground complex is now abandoned with the advent of radar but evidence of the command post is still present along Diamond Head Trail. The trail is paved almost the entire way but can be steep in spots. There are two sets of stairs, one with 99 steps and the other, 76 steps. There is also a 225-foot unlit tunnel. The hike is classified as easy to moderate in exertion but is certainly worth the breathtaking, unparalleled view of the entire west side of the island, from Waikiki to Koko Head.
Please come in and have a cold tropical fruit smoothie before or after hiking to the top of Diamond Head Crater. The 30 minute hike to the top view is spectacular! Our healthy smoothies and juices will refresh and energize the most tired person and our fish tacos and salads will put a smile on your face. Diamond Head Cove Health Bar is where locals and visitors alike go for a healthy delicious meal and refreshing healthy tropical fruit drinks. Diamond Head Cove Health Bar also has the tradtional relaxing Hawaiian drink Kava (Awa) and live music on Awa Nights. Come on in an experience contemporay Hawaiian music and culture! Souvenir T-shirts and Hawaiian gifts are also available.
Diamond Head Cove Health Bar Hours of Operation:
Monday: 10 am to 8 p.m. Tuesday: 10 am to 11 pm (A'wa Night) Wednesday: 10 am to 11 pm (A'wa Night) Thursday: 10 am to 11 pm (A'wa Night) Friday: 10 am to 8 pm Saturday: 10 am to 8 pm Sunday: 10 am to 11 pm
Many people stop off for lunch or dinner at the Diamond Head Cove Health Bar after snorkeling at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve. Semicircular Hanauma Bay is a spectacular tropical paradise that sports a half-mile of perfect white-sand beach backed by exotic palm trees. Once a favorite fishing spot for Hawaiian royality, this extinct volcanic crater is frequented by turtles and more than 450 species of tropical fish including the Hawaii state fish, the Humuhumunukunukuapua'a. Hanauma Bay is now a federally-protected wildlife preserve.
After seeing all the beautiful colorful fish at Hanauma Bay, a healthy fish meal sounds good. Diamond Head Cove specialize in fresh fish. This 225 pound Ahi [ah' hee] (Yellowfin tuna) was caught off the coast of Oahu. Taste one like this in Diamond Head Cove's fresh fish tacos, fish salads, vegetable omelets with fish and of couse by itself as sashimi. Aku [ah' koo] (Skip jack tuna, bonito) is another fresh fish that Diamond Head Cove gets often. According to Hawaiian legend, ancient Polynesian canoe voyagers enroute to Hawai`i were nearly swamped in a storm. A school of aku, in response to prayers, appeared and calmed the waters. Aku is the favorite food of Marlin and many people in Hawaii.
A`u [ah' oo] (Blue Pacific Marlin) is the name that applies to all marlin species caught in Hawai`i. Known as "kajiki" in Japanese. A`u was feared by the ancient Hawaiians as it could pierce (and swamp) a fishing canoe with its heavy bill.
Ono [oh' noh] (Large Mackerel type fish) is choice eating fish with white, delicate, flaky meat. The Hawaiian word for "delicious" is `ono. The ancient Hawaiians said that the ono was the parent of the `ôpelu, a mackerel scad, a fish of great importance to the subsistence living of the early Hawaiians. Early European explorers found ono to be plentiful off the island of O`ahu. Wahoo, the common mainland name for this fish is thought to originate from the misspelling of O`ahu on maps as "Wahoo."
These fish make great sashimi and poke. Poke [poh' keh] not: [poe' key] is traditional Hawaiian dish made of chunked raw fish Marinated in pa`akai (Hawaiian salt), limu (seaweed), kukui (candlenut) and chilies. Come in and try Diamond Head Cove's fresh poke. Mmmmmm!
Hawaii Seafood and Pelagic Fishes of Hawaii
Some of our favorite Hawaii fish are Aku, Bigeye Ahi, Tombo, Yellowfin Ahi, Shutome, Hebi, Kajiki, Natragi, Mahimahi, Ono, Opah, Monchong, Hapu'upu'u, Onaga, Opakapaka, Uku, Lobster and Ama Ebi. Smaller colorful can be seen at the Waikiki Aquarium which is walking distance to the Diamond Head Cove restaurant and health bar. The Waikiki Aquarium, founded in 1904, is the third oldest public aquarium in the United States. A part of the University of Hawaii since 1919, the Aquarium is located next to a living reef on the Waikiki shoreline. Their exhibits, programs, and research focus on the aquatic life of Hawaii and the tropical Pacific. Over 2,500 organisms in our exhibits represent more than 420 species of aquatic animals and plants. Every year, roughly 350,000 people visit the Waikiki Aquarium.
After visiting the Waikiki Aquarium, it is a short walk through beautiful Kapiolani Park to the Diamond Head Cove Health Bar. Kapiolani Park was created by King Kalakaua in the 1870's. This beautiful 500-acre park is listed on the State's Historic Register as many of its exceptional trees date back over 100 years. Kapiolani Park is the site of historic Diamond Head, the famous Kodak Hula Show, the world renown 42-acre Honolulu Zoo, the Waikiki Shell, home to many outdoor concerts and shows, the Sunday Art Shows, the Tennis Courts, the Soccer Fields, the Archery Range, and even a 3-mile jogger's course, which encompasses part of the Honolulu Marathon Course. Local families and tourists alike enjoy the shady picnic sites and open grassy areas perfect for sporting events. The Royal Hawaiian Band provides free concerts every Sunday afternoon in the Kapiolani Bandstand.
The Honolulu Zoo is located at 151 Kapahulu Avenue, Honolulu and is open MondayFriday 9:00 am4:30 pm
General admission is $6, Children 612 years $1; children 5 years and under are free. Located in beautiful Kapi‘olani Park at the base of Diamond Head, the Honolulu Zoo features a wide variety of animal exhibits in a park-like setting. The 10-acre African Savannah exhibit houses lions, elephants, giraffes, marsh and forest birds, chimpanzees, reptiles and the Komodo Dragon. Collections: animal exhibits in a park-like setting with mammals, reptiles and birds; botanical garden. Programs and tours: Elephant Encounters and Keeper Talks, Moonlight Tours, demonstrations, workshops and classes, outreach to schools, teacher training, travel, concerts and live performances. If you are in the Kapiolani Park neighborhood, why not stop by the Diamond Head Cove Health Bar and have one of our smoothies made with fresh Hawaiian fruit. You'll be glad you did!
Live Music at The Cove on A'wa Nights!
The Diamond Head Cove Health Bar is called "The Cove" by local patrons. This small hidden away shop located at the foot of the worlds most famous volcanic mountain (Diamond Head) is where local musicians come to relax, drink kava and jam. Live music is played on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. If you want to hear grass roots Hawaiian music, this shop is where you should visit.
John Cruz, Ernie Cruz and friends
jamming at the Diamond Head Cove Health Bar on October 30, 2007.
Jon Cruz's new CD "One of These Days" has just been released!