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The Winding Stairway to Heaven

Stairway to Heaven Haiku Stairs

Highlights:
  • 3,922 stair hike
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Description:

As of 2014, climbing the Haiku Stairs, also known as the Stairway to Heaven, is illegal. These 3,922 stairs were originally built in 1942 of wood during World War II so that radio towers could be placed on the peak that is 2,800 feet above sea level. Radio transmissions from this site have been heard in India, Tokyo Bay, and Long Island, New York. After the site was decommissioned, the Coast Guard took over the site and installed the metal steps and ramps that visitors view today when visiting the site.

The site remains closed to the public because of the liability issues. Select groups of volunteers have been allowed to climb the stairs to repair them and clean up trash. When leaving the bottom of the stairs, these volunteers are 400 feet above sea level.

Over 50 native vascular plant species have been identified near the Stairs. As the volunteers begin their climb, they pass through large groves of mango trees, which soon give way to octopus trees, followed by uki uki plants and lama trees, before they finally encounter loulu trees.

These volunteers are very active at trying to get the stairs reopened. Two issues seem to keep this from happening. The first is the question of whom actually owns the land, while others argue about the liability issues should someone get hurt during their climb.

 
Type:
Hike
Historic
Activities
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420
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Location
Haiku Stairs, Kaneohe, Honolulu County, Hawaii, United States 96744
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Just to be up front with people, it is illegal to hike this due to conflicts
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Just to be up front with people, it is illegal to hike this due to conflicts with the land owners. Enjoy at your own risk of fines. For those of you curious of other options, check out Koko head stairs.
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The scenery is extraordinary, from a great height can see the sea shore
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The scenery is extraordinary, from a great height can see the sea shore.
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