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I climbed the inside stairs that World War 2 soldiers used to get to the radar installation. Rough climb. Radar was new. A radar operator noticed planes headed for Honolulu but thought it was new bombers  from California. If you stand on the beach at Waikiki facing the ocean, you can see Diamond Head on your left. Pearl Harbor is a few miles to the right. If only the radar had reported the planes, December 7th 1941 would not be remembered.

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I climbed Diamond Head in 1988 on honeymoon. (my wife wisely chose to not climb) Rough climb, great view. I later learned that a radar station on Diamond Head had detected the invading Japanese airplanes heading for Pearl Harbor, but the radar was primitive. The radar operator decided that the planes were American bombers coming from California. The rest is sad history.

 

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