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Will anyone be doing the hike tomorrow, 9/24? I know it’s last minute but I’d love a buddy. I have a great camera and I’m a skilled photographer who can take pictures of you! Dm me on Instagram @davidinaustralia

Yes I think it should be rated as Difficult primarily due to the length and the last section before the Koolau where it can be very unkempt and slow going.

Aloha! I will be hiking this weekend and possibly during the week. We went the last two days and it was amazing out! I have went 13 times the last three weeks. I have hiked most of the hikes on this island many many times! I have probably done this particular hike more than anyone else on island. It is often windy and/or rainy but we never have issues as we always have the right gear which is supplied by me when we go. 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 on my Instagram @mike.karas or mikekarasphotography@gmail.com. Bring plenty of water for this hike and other hikes out here in Hawaii.

Aloha! I will be hiking this weekend and possibly during the week. We went the last two days and it was amazing out! I have went 13 times the last three weeks. I have hiked most of the hikes on this island many many times! I have probably done this particular hike more than anyone else on island. It is often windy and/or rainy but we never have issues as we always have the right gear which is supplied by me when we go. 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 on my Instagram @mike.karas or mikekarasphotography@gmail.com. Bring plenty of water for this hike and other hikes out here in Hawaii.

got cited coming down and heading to makapu'u lookout. it's a petty misdemeanor. trespassing 2nd, so fines up to $2500 and 30 days in jail. not worth the risk, the land owners (kamehameha schools) are cracking down to prevent injury/death liability on their land.

It was the first trail I’ve done in a while but if I can complete it so can you.

I will climb the Haʻikū Stairs, aka Stairway to Heaven, this week for the 288th time.

My most recent post on Instagram @Hawaii_Mountain.Man.Matt gives an idea for one impactful photo angle.

6 things about stairway:

(1) It is the safest way to reach the summit. People die every day falling downstairs at home, but in 70+ years no one has died falling on the stairs. There has been one death - a heart attack.

(2) I clean the stairs every three days on average, but it builds up fast. To make it convenient to pack trash out, bring a trash bag so you don’t soil your bag.

(3) Please dont poop anywhere on the mountain - even off the beaten path. Squat over a one-gallon ziplock bag, toss the wipes in, press the air out, double bag it and pack it out - just like a kid’s diaper.

(4) Take it easy on the neighbors.

When was the last time you woke up at 3am and whispered: "Honey I think there's someone outside the house"...?

Most locals are friendly, but some are understandably aggressive. Blood has spilled over this hike more than once in the past year.

(5) Plan your hike and hike your plan.

The most common Haʻikū Stairs story is:

“We went to bed at 11pm, woke up at 2am and tried to get in. We got caught by police before we reached the stairs, so we went back to the hotel and slept. We really wanted to see the stairs up close, so we decided to try the ‘back way’ another day. It was harder than we expected, and when we got up to the top, we decided to take the stairs down because we would rather get the ticket than die.”

a. The ‘back way’

If you are considering skipping the magic of the stairs and going the legal way, it only makes sense to choose companions who can manage the challenges of retuning down the back way as well.

Legal access to Moanalua Valley Trail is from 7am - 7pm. I recommend starting right at 7am because it is reckless to rush the mountain. It’s common for people to get lost a few hours, so you need extra time.

If you want to catch sunrise, I recommend beginning at noon and spending the night. As long as you don’t sleep inside the railing or access the trailhead out of hours, you won’t get a ticket. The mountain is usually cold, wet and windy, so prepare accordingly. The ground is especially freezing so bring an insulating mat.

I recommend hiking cleats (‘good’ hiking shoes are insufficient), a GPS device, cautious confidence, and enough internal fortitude to enjoy this day of frolicking, rather than to just survive it.

Note: keeping the stairs illegal endangers the public. Tearing them out, as currently proposed, permanently removes our ability to channel traffic safely. If the stairs were legal, Daylenn Pua would still be with us.

b. The stairs.

If you’re considering the stairs, it is important to be personally and professionally prepared for legal exposure, and know which actions increase that risk.

The financial setback can be anywhere from $3,000 to the loss of a career. I recommend handling the choice soberly.

Send me a message at Facebook.com/MatthewKievlan for more advice there.

(6) Linger in the mountain.

People think I go for the epic view, but when we go, they slowly begin to recognize their own reflection in nature. They resonate with the energetic blueprint of a place so majestic, and discover new light to admire in their soul. As we climb, energy begins to grow in us and melts our physical senses, opening us to sense spirit.

We become immersed, perhaps because we’ve stepped “into” the experience 3,922 times, as we move from civilization into heaven.

After a while at the top, our group fades a bit into shock (in a good way) and stays that way for the rest of our journey. Like a broken record, every time I hear: “We researched it, but we could have never guessed it would be so good. ‘This’ makes it so much more than a hike.” Always with smiles - often in tears.

Most visitors get to the top, take photos, and head back down. I suggest staying for the ‘main event’. The magic begins when you settle in with comfort - looking back on your work while you’re still in the environment of it.

We create space with good scents and music and soak in the bliss of it. We write our names, share our stories and sit on memory foam eating French Toast with warm maple syrup.

If you leave the top and start down right away, the noise of civilization drowns out your senses and erases the fragile nuances of new truth you found along the way - before those memories have time to settle into your heart.

Reflection in-space is the actual gem of this priceless experience. We change lives up there. Even after so many times, I haven’t gotten tired of it. Once we start up again, I’m lost on it too.

Dm me for videos of how we hike.

Aloha,
@Hawaii_Mountain.Man.Matt

I will climb the Haʻikū Stairs, aka Stairway to Heaven, this week for the 288th time.

My most recent post on Instagram @Hawaii_Mountain.Man.Matt gives an idea for one impactful photo angle.

6 things about stairway:

(1) It is the safest way to reach the summit. People die every day falling downstairs at home, but in 70+ years no one has died falling on the stairs. There has been one death - a heart attack.

(2) I clean the stairs every three days on average, but it builds up fast. To make it convenient to pack trash out, bring a trash bag so you don’t soil your bag.

(3) Please dont poop anywhere on the mountain - even off the beaten path. Squat over a one-gallon ziplock bag, toss the wipes in, press the air out, double bag it and pack it out - just like a kid’s diaper.

(4) Take it easy on the neighbors.

When was the last time you woke up at 3am and whispered: "Honey I think there's someone outside the house"...?

Most locals are friendly, but some are understandably aggressive. Blood has spilled over this hike more than once in the past year.

(5) Plan your hike and hike your plan.

The most common Haʻikū Stairs story is:

“We went to bed at 11pm, woke up at 2am and tried to get in. We got caught by police before we reached the stairs, so we went back to the hotel and slept. We really wanted to see the stairs up close, so we decided to try the ‘back way’ another day. It was harder than we expected, and when we got up to the top, we decided to take the stairs down because we would rather get the ticket than die.”

a. The ‘back way’

If you are considering skipping the magic of the stairs and going the legal way, it only makes sense to choose companions who can manage the challenges of retuning down the back way as well.

Legal access to Moanalua Valley Trail is from 7am - 7pm. I recommend starting right at 7am because it is reckless to rush the mountain. It’s common for people to get lost a few hours, so you need extra time.

If you want to catch sunrise, I recommend beginning at noon and spending the night. As long as you don’t sleep inside the railing or access the trailhead out of hours, you won’t get a ticket. The mountain is usually cold, wet and windy, so prepare accordingly. The ground is especially freezing so bring an insulating mat.

I recommend hiking cleats (‘good’ hiking shoes are insufficient), a GPS device, cautious confidence, and enough internal fortitude to enjoy this day of frolicking, rather than to just survive it.

Note: keeping the stairs illegal endangers the public. Tearing them out, as currently proposed, permanently removes our ability to channel traffic safely. If the stairs were legal, Daylenn Pua would still be with us.

b. The stairs.

If you’re considering the stairs, it is important to be personally and professionally prepared for legal exposure, and know which actions increase that risk.

The financial setback can be anywhere from $3,000 to the loss of a career. I recommend handling the choice soberly.

Send me a message at Facebook.com/MatthewKievlan for more advice there.

(6) Linger in the mountain.

People think I go for the epic view, but when we go, they slowly begin to recognize their own reflection in nature. They resonate with the energetic blueprint of a place so majestic, and discover new light to admire in their soul. As we climb, energy begins to grow in us and melts our physical senses, opening us to sense spirit.

We become immersed, perhaps because we’ve stepped “into” the experience 3,922 times, as we move from civilization into heaven.

After a while at the top, our group fades a bit into shock (in a good way) and stays that way for the rest of our journey. Like a broken record, every time I hear: “We researched it, but we could have never guessed it would be so good. ‘This’ makes it so much more than a hike.” Always with smiles - often in tears.

Most visitors get to the top, take photos, and head back down. I suggest staying for the ‘main event’. The magic begins when you settle in with comfort - looking back on your work while you’re still in the environment of it.

We create space with good scents and music and soak in the bliss of it. We write our names, share our stories and sit on memory foam eating French Toast with warm maple syrup.

If you leave the top and start down right away, the noise of civilization drowns out your senses and erases the fragile nuances of new truth you found along the way - before those memories have time to settle into your heart.

Reflection in-space is the actual gem of this priceless experience. We change lives up there. Even after so many times, I haven’t gotten tired of it. Once we start up again, I’m lost on it too.

Dm me for videos of how we hike.

Aloha,
@Hawaii_Mountain.Man.Matt

This hike was a lot of fun. We started just after 3am, got up there about 7:30am, left about 8:30am, and was down at 12pm (9hours total). We ran into many groups on the way out. Going early helped save us from the heat, but headlamps are needed. A flashlight can be used but you need both hands to rope climb at parts. The ridge can get windy, muddy, theres many roots, and parts where you can slide off if you don’t watch your step. I consider myself an average hiker and would rate this hike as an 8/10. There were people of all abilities hiking the trail. I am very sore after this hike. I recommend hiking before so you have the stamina and you are comfortable with your ability to hike a ridge with mud and wind, and be out there for a long time. This hike will push you if you’re not an avid hiker but it’s amazing either way. Bring water, snacks, and a camera! The views were gorgeous and the light on the mountain was breathtaking.

anyone hiking it this week message me at jordanrpost@gmail.com me and my girlfriend are looking for others

First hike and I enjoyed it very much. Would do it again.

Did this the other day. Went the wrong way first! If you don't pass a sign for the Kulanahane trail right before you cross the creek then you're going the wrong way. There's an option not far from the creek where the track has a clump of trees to go right. Go right there.

Fabulous hike. A little steeper than I was expecting but totally do-able for most anyone

Great trail! We got there a little late so we had to rush. The trail can we easy to miss or go off course as quite a bit is overgrown so pay very close attention. Great trail with wonderful views, lots of local vegetation and fruits and the steam and waterfall are awesome. Will defiantly come back with my suit and a lunch. Park at the top parking lot to save you time, bring bug spray and be ready for some incline. Happy trails!

Aloha! I will be hiking tomorrow on Sunday! We went today and it was amazing out! I have went 12 times the last three weeks. I have hiked most of the hikes on this island many many times! I have probably done this particular hike more than anyone else on island. It is often windy and/or rainy but we never have issues as we always have the right gear which is supplied by me when we go. 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 on my Instagram @mike.karas or mikekarasphotography@gmail.com. Bring plenty of water for this hike and other hikes out here in Hawaii.

hiking
3 days ago

I loved this hike. After doing the Notches, right across the parking lot. I decided I still needed a little more.
This hike entrance is right were all of the busses park. Just look for a break in the walk and a white sign.
When you first start, you can go left up through some bamboo or right and head straight up. The first bit is through the trees. If it is dry, the roots are great to walk on. If it is wet, be extra careful, they are slippery.
Once you get past the tree section, you follow a good amount ridge walking. Straight drop off on one side and bushes on the other. If you are truly afraid of heights, you might want to think twice about this hike.
There is one section with a good stretch of rope use. On a dry day, you can easily do it without using them. Keep following the trail until you get to the sheer cliff face and that is where you will find the puka. Actually, you will have already walked on top of it. Climb down a little and you can then explore the opening.
Here is also where you get an amazing view of the waterfall off in the distance towards Honolulu. Look to the left if you are facing Honolulu.

hiking
3 days ago

There are 2 hikes right at the Pali lookout. One is the Notches and the other is the Puka. They are on either side of the lookout. I did both on the same day. The notches was my least favorite of the two. The hike starts out right behind the parking pay meter. Goes up through a wooded area. You come out of the woods a couple of hundred feet up. From there you have a pretty steep incline with minimal ropes for assistance. Once you make it to the first notch, the view becomes incredible. This was the highlight for me. I continued onto the second and third notches. At the 3rd I was half way down and decided it was not for me. You are basically free climbing down and or using the rope for 100% assistance. The face is completely vertical and many of the rocks were loose and or already coming off the face. This is where I decided not to push my luck. If I would have been hiking with a partner, I would have probably pressed on. Since I was by myself, better safe then sorry.

Overall, the hike was short but steep. I would have liked it more if there weren’t as many loose rocks on the cliff faces.

hiking
4 days ago

some of the photos and hike descriptions in here reflect pali notches and not the puka. The cover photo is the notches.

I went up the other day "the legal backway", it was very muddy and slippery. Crampons(spikes) recommended. I've done this hike many times. Thinking of going up this weekend. if you'd like to join send me a message on instagram @angelo_q or email me at chicolo@hotmail.com Make sure to bring plenty of water and food and maybe some layers because it can get pretty windy and wet up top

I went up the other day, it was very muddy and slippery. Crampons(spikes) recommended. I've done this hike many times. Thinking of going up tomorrow Saturday or Sunday. if you'd like to join send me a message on instagram @angelo_q or email me at chicolo@hotmail.com Make sure to bring plenty of water and food and maybe some layers because it can get pretty windy and wet up top.

Hi there! I will be attempting this hike with me myself and I next Wednesday on September 26th. Is there anyone out there who would like to join me in this hike? Contact me through ig: instantlinda or email me at lindahasanewemail@gmail.com

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A lot of people saying don’t hike when it’s been raining, I say don’t hike when it hasn’t! Anyone who has been there on a week of great sun will tell you the pools can get stagnant and turn brown. Definitely kicks up the difficulty when it is raining since you’ll be climbing and descending on a layer of mud! But I guess it just depends if you are highlighting the falls and swimming or just worried about the hike. Just the hike, go when it’s sunny, falls and a quick dip, wait for a decent amount of rain.

Amazing place for sunrise pics. People normally start getting there about 15 mins prior to sunrise so I recommend getting there earlier for better parking, so the trail isn’t so crowded and for a good seat

My favorite waterfall in Hawaii this far. Fun trail through bamboo forest. Muddy right now. Awesome falls you can attempt to swim in.

So so so worth it. Did this trail today at 0800. Took us until 1530. You need spikes on your shoes, 2 L of water, and prepare for muddy conditions. The views are incredible.

6 days ago

I do this hike regurlarly and constantly see people who shouldn't be on this trail. give aways:

1.) Wrong shoes: you really need something with grip. If you want to hike in Hawaii, invest in a good pair of hiking shows. the situation can quickly become hazardous if you are wearing flip flops, running shoes with worn grip, etc.

2.) This shouldn't be your first Hawaii hike. I've seen people on this trail, nearly each time, who are clearly terrified yet soldier on. There is no point in being a superstar on Hawaii trails. If you can't handle it, turn around. Dont put yourself or others at risk.

3.) Don't put all of your weight on the ropes.

And lastly:

4.) Know something about this area before you go. It was the site of the final stages of the Nuuanu Pali battle. 800 people perished on these cliffs. This is a sacred place. Take your trash home with you.

Aloha! My partner and I are looking to do this hike on either the 27/28 Sept.

Reading up on the reviews it does look as if the 'legal' trail is far more dangerous than doing the stairs itself. We are visiting from Australia and was wondering if anyone would care to join?

Shoot me an email at m.dionisio04@gmail.com

Beautiful hike, not much signage, we took a wrong turn once and had some difficulty finding the falls. We went after there had been a lot of rain so the waterfall was flowing hard and we did not attempt to get into the creek, although the rope swing looked fun.

Very beautiful hike, make sure bring plenty of water and snack. There are no shades. There is no parking. I parked in close by beach and walked from there. It is very busy and straight forward trail once’s you find it.
Enjoy.

Aloha! I will be hiking Wednesday and this weekend. Possibly Thursday or Friday too. Went 9 times the last three weeks. I have hiked most of the hikes on this island many many times! It is often windy and/or rainy but we never have issues as we always have the right gear which is supplied by me when we go. 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 on my Instagram @mike.karas or mikekarasphotography@gmail.com. Bring plenty of water for this hike and other hikes out here in Hawaii.

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