Aloha and Mahalo, Haiku Stairs
January 28, 2020 10:02 AM Subscribe
The Haiku Stairs—also known as, “The Stairway To Heaven” (previously on MetaFilter)--have been closed to the public since 1987, but hikers from all over the world still come to Oahu and climb the creaking, rusting catwalks on the ridges of the Ha’iku Valley to a lonely hut perched on a peak of the Ko’oalu mountain range. The Friends of the Haiku Stairs and the Mayor of Honolulu want the stairs reopened, but the people who live near the entrance are frustrated with trespassing tourists and The Board of Water Supply is working to remove the stairs after a woman fell off a swing someone built atop the ridge. Of course, you can still legally hike to the top of the stairs via the Moanalua Valley—but the route has no steps or handrails, just a few knotted ropes draped across the narrow trail along the ridge.
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