Haiku Stairs | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Haiku Stairs

I went on hike this morning. I woke up early to be on the trail well before sunrise. When we reached the trail head dawn was just barely breaking. It was the coolest hike I’ve ever been on.
You may have heard of this hike. Most people refer to it as “Stairway to Heaven” but the official name, the one you’ll find on the trail head sign, is Haiku Stairs (or Ha?ik? Stairs). It’s a steel staircase made up of 4000 steps that ascends a ridge up from the Valley of Haiku near Kaneohe. The steps were built so the military could access a radio station antennae 2000ft up on the mountain during World War II.

PLEASE BE AWARE: This is officially a “CLOSED” trail. This hike is not sanctioned by the state and it is currently illegal to access the trail. If you attempt this hike you are doing so at your own risk. Trail conditions and accessibility can change daily. Also, hiking can be dangerous and has many potential hazards. It is up to each individual to know their limits, abilities and level of expertise before attempting any outdoor activity.

UPDATE (7/6/2014): There are currently major access issues with this trail. The influx of hikers has created many problems for folks who live near the trail. And, the hike is still illegal to access. It’s currently recommended that people do not attempt to hike the stairs until a solution for trail access and parking is implemented.

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