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Hiked both days this past weekend and a couple weekdays last week as well. Hiked again this morning and will be going this weekend and possibly another weekday this week.I have hiked most of the hikes on this island many many times! It was windy and/or rainy a couple of the days but no issues as we had the right gear. If you're looking to hike and want to link up or get some ideas of what this trail looks like feel free to reach out to me and check out @mike.karas on instagram or mikekarasphotography@gmail.com. Bring plenty of water for this hike and other hikes out here in Hawaii.

The waterfall was more like a stream not impressed but it was cool to walk through the deep forest.

This is a great hike. Might hit up the backway next Saturday or Sunday depending on which day it's not calling for rain by Friday. if interested reach out to me on Instagram: @Angelo_Q or email me at chicolo@hotmail.com

I climbed the stairs Sun, May 20th for the 252nd time. I’ll hike again in a couple days.

The most recent post on my Instagram @Hawaii_Mountain.Man.Matt will give you an idea for an impactful photo perspective.

5 things you should know about the hike:

(1) It is the safest way to reach that elevation on Oahu. Over the last 70+ years, no one has ever died falling on the stairs.

(2) There is a ton of trash at the top. Bring a folded heavy-duty trash bag to help with that.

(3) No matter what, don’t go near homes!

Think: when is the last time you woke up at 3am and whispered: "Honey I think there's someone outside the house!"

Most neighbors are friendly, but some are aggressive and even violent. Tourist blood has spilled in the neighborhood more than once in the past year.

(4) The back way is less safe, but worth considering.

A ticket on the stairs is common and the judges have gotten tired of the case. The charge is Second Degree Criminal Trespass with these components:

(1) $1,000 fine
(1) Three dates, each about two months apart at the Kaneohe Courthouse
(2) Jail, no longer than 6 months. (incarnation is rare, averaging 1.6 out of 100 tickets)
(3) Legal fees (a defense attorney charges $800 - $1,500 for the case)
(4) Usually 60 hours of community service.
(5) Legal fees for expungement after some years of a clean record.
(6) Visa/Immigration hurdles.
(7) Impact on professional life.
(8) Return travel and accommodations to attend court, community service, etc.

The financial setback ranges from $3,000 for an average local, up into the hundreds of thousands over the length of a career for military members reduced in rank, professional licenses affected, working visas denied, etc.

Public record shows hundreds of tickets a month, but I suppose everyone standing in court started their morning hike knowing they had done the research.

There are techniques, but to be fair, everything posted online is a bit comical.

Two tips:
⁃ The guard is usually friendly and does not have the power to give anyone a ticket.
⁃ The police have internet also and are good at what they do all day every day.

(5) This is the real Hawai’i!

When I go, I approach peacefully and respectfully.

As we climb we are immersed, perhaps because we step “into” the experience 3,922 times. The activity melts our physical senses, and opens us to sense spirit. We rise from civilization to magic.

At the top, we savor hot foods and reflect for a couple hours in comfort, allowing the memory of the feeling to become part of us before the senses of civilization erase the nuances of that raw truth from our attention.

People think I go for the epic view, but along the way they recognize their own reflection in nature. They discover that they share an energetic blueprint with a land so majestic and find new appreciation for the landscape of their own soul.

They find that they climbed a mountain to see themselves in new light, so that the sunrise was the second, third or forth best part of the day.

They alway say: “I had no idea it was going to be this good.” Always with smiles, sometimes in tears.

I might skip a week or go twice a day, but even after so many times, once I start I’m lost on it again.


2 days ago

This trail was beautiful, but don't be fooled into thinking this is an easy hike! The first half was very basic, the second half gets harder and harder until you are abseiling down a rock with nothing but an old rope to hold on to! For 4 fit women in our 20s, this was definitely on the more extreme side of moderate.

Bring your bathing suit, a towel, a change of clothes, the will to live, HIKING BOOTS (trainers will get very muddy and wet), snacks and water. You will be crawling up bare exposed tree roots using your hands and knees, we had to sit down and slide down a few sections. Definitely don't wear good clothing and continue to pray to Jesus or your preferred God throughout the hike that you won't need to be lifted out by a helicopter at the bottom.

Enjoy the scenery. Stop between the screams of pain you will be making and have a look at some of the beautiful views. I thought I was going to need to set up camp and live at the bottom because the idea of hiking back up made me want to cry, but you will feel very accomplished when you finish this!

Parking was easy but the whole street was taken, residents put cones on the road so you can't park in front of some of their houses, but it is nothing major.

If you are up for a real challenge definitely give this a go, especially if you don't want to be able to walk the next day.

Got busted this morning by a cop patrolling at 4 am.. anyone know of a good way up Instagram me please!! @bellebrown88

on Poamoho Ridge Trail

3 days ago

The best hiking trail ever!!! Well maintained. Beautiful and absolutely stunning views. Well worth the 7 hours it took us to complete... including the 45minute drive time Just to get to the trailhead...4X4 (highly recommended)

Trying to do this hike Memorial Day. Looking for some hikers to join, if interested pls email me!

3 days ago

Must be in superior shape, bring backpack, non slip water shoes with straps to repel up and down three 15’ waterfalls. Bring rope to replace old line if needed. Trail very overgrown, switchback a cross stream several times. No cell signal. Bout one hour up. Same down. The most rewarding 1000’ waterfall !!!

4 days ago

This hike is hard! It will tap your reserves quickly with the sudden and steep inclines. Bring plenty of fluids, good hiking boots, and gloves for the ropes.

Total mileage completed: 9 but recorded 7
Hours: 6.5

Hiked today! Hiking again this weekend. I have hiked most of the hikes on this island many many times! Going to be windy. If you're looking to hike and want to link up feel free to reach out to me @mike.karas on instagram or mikekarasphotography@gmail.com. Bring plenty of water for this hike and other hikes out here in Hawaii.

Taking the legal way up today, attempted to do the stairs this morning and there is a police officer posted and waiting in the neighborhood.

Any tips email me at megan_huffstetler@hotmail.com

Trail is well-marked with purple and orange flagging, appears to be recently cleared. The climbing ropes seem safe however wouldn't trust multiple people at the same time. A good strenuous hike, it took me 2 hours to get to end of trail at the summit near the USAF RADAR dome and about two hours down in conditions a little wet and slippery; all in all a great day hike.

Hi Guys! Dying to do this hike tomorrow 17th or 18th of may. I would like to meet someone who will be doing this hike. Please send me an e-mail b.bekir@outlook.com

Will be hiking up May 20th early morning. pls email me bernie071492@yahoo.com

Wondering if anyone wants to go up Early Saturday morning?
ig: jjred7

Hey guys! I’m looking for anyone that would be interested to hike up the Haiku Stairs on May 20th early morning start. Message me on Instagram @kristoffpin

Love this hike! It’s a steep, enjoyably challenging track down and the bottom is such a treat! There’s a gorgeous waterfall to swim under that trickles down to another small waterfall that’s about a hot tub sized natural pool area and that trickles down to another fall with a deep swimming area with big ropes to climb and swing off as well as multiple points on every side with areas (marked with a white patch of spray paint) where you can jump off. The climbs to the jumping points range from easy to medium to hard. I had a great time with my boyfriend and family.

The trek up was pretty rough. I personally enjoyed it because I love strenuous hikes (something about it leaves this giant grin on my face, even when it’s a struggle) but my boyfriend’s sister was in hell, cussing up a storm. I saw multiple children on the way and it is doable with kids but I imagine it’d take some time due to some large steps and occasional moments when you need to use a rope to climb up/down.

10/10 will go back and advise you to JUST DO IT!!! I promise it’s worth it.

Anybody interested in climbing the stairs Wednesday morning? 9th May. Was thinking about going up the stairs and down the back way.


Someone just died here yesterday from falling rocks. Lots of Mana (energy) back there. I’ve had rocks come down while I was back there. Use extreme caution, and if you go don’t hang out under the waterfall.

not a bad bike a few hills but nothing too crazy

A lady in her 30’s ( according to local news) was found unconscious in the valley due to rockfalls. Becareful when you hike here.

Looking to do this hike with my drone someday between 18/5 and 21/5 hoping to find a hiking buddy or two.
31 year old Aussie male, get in contact with me nortonshannon@hotmail.com

Loved it! Ensure you wear good hiking shoes and be ready to get muddy...especially if you went on a day where it rained like I did!
Once you get close to the falls ensure you go LEFT...don’t go right, takes you to the bottom and it’s a 1/4 mile of cuteness but not the falls.

Give yourself plenty of time, don’t recommend going after 3pm.

23 days ago

mud mud mud mud mud mud mud mud and more mud

hiked the stairs using only the 2 am moonlight to guide my way. what an unforgettable experience!

Amazing waterfall! Pretty difficult hike due to slippery pathways but definitely worth the hike!

Hi there,

I'm planning on doing the Haiku Stairs tomorrow 30th April. Anyone else interested in joining. You can email me at vgupt93@gmail.com. Weather is looking to be good!

Cheers all.

25 days ago

We really enjoyed this hike. The full trail is probably closer to 7 miles. We turned around at 3 miles (from the beginning, not the split to the falls).

A challenging hike for a family with young adventurers, but we saw many!
The beautiful waterfall and a swim in the pools made it all worth it. Very pretty.
Recommend good shoes for hike.

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