Hiking Trails

Bill proposes to fund the removal of the Ha’iku stairs

One of Oahu’s most popular and illegal hiking trails may not be around for much longer.

Honolulu City Council introduced a bill that would fund $ 1 million to the Urban Forestry Division to remove the Haʻiku Stairs, commonly known as Stairway to Heaven.

The very elevated trail offers a panoramic view of Windward Oʻahu, but the unguarded staircase makes it a dangerous path for hikers.

The project was part of Bill 7, the city executive’s capital budget for the next fiscal year.

The majority of witnesses in favor of Bill 7 are residents who live near the entrance to the trail. To reach the access point of the trail, hikers must enter the owners’ yard.

Many opponents want the trail to be better maintained with managed access.

A special budget committee discussed the bill at a meeting on Tuesday. It will now move to a third reading before full council.

The Honolulu Water Supply Board was once in charge of the stairs and property, but the board voted last year to transfer management of the stairs and surrounding land to the city.

The military built the stairs during World War II to transport equipment for a naval radio transmission station in the Ha’ikÅ« Valley.