Stairway To Heaven: The Forbidden Attraction

The Haiku Stairs also known as “The Stairway To Heaven” is one of the most extreme and beautiful hikes Hawaii (and America) has to offer.

For the past 26 years, the hike up the 4,000-step ladder has also been illegal, but that hasn’t paused people from making the trek up and down the steel steps that were once operated by the Coast Guard to hold a glimpse of the stunning view at the top of Puu Keahi a Kahoe on the island of Oahu.

It was built in 1943 during World War II to basically to provide access to buildings at the top of the ridge, used as transmission stations.The ladder scales “nearly vertical” heights over 2,500 feet from Haiku Valley right to the top of Puu Keahi a Kahoe, in such an altitude that there are points in the hike where the peaks rise above clouds giving an exceptional experience. 

It was an eminent hiking trail in the decade of 1980s, operated by the coast guard, until 1987 when it was said to be too dangerous for the public. Despite making the hike illegal, tourists and localities attempt to scale the Stairway To Heaven almost every day. 

The Honolulu Board of Water Supply has jurisdiction over the hike and requires that anyone who goes up it sign waivers and present a $1 million liability insurance policy. 


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