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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.

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.


This is a short, but very beautiful and family friendly.

Really enjoyed this trail. When it has rained it is a bit slick, but when dry, it is very nice.
Certain areas were soft enough to even go barefoot which I truly love.

Nice short hike for all ages with elevations. Busy on weekends. Dog friendly.

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.

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.

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!

I thought the trail was great. A little sketchy driving in, seems to have been a wildfire recently(months or years). Park right at the trail head and be prepared for some inclines. As others have said, great views about 2/3 up. Once at the top, carefully walk around perimeter of radar installation for views of most of island. After that, prepare for a trip back down. My knees still hurt from the decline.

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.

great hike. best on a day with some wind. was hot without a breeze

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


Did a portion of this trail in 2 different spots, near K-hwy and in conjunction with/above crouching lion (CL). Certainly see the weight in the prior reviews as well as the news story, some dangerous spots to trek if committed. After only completing small sections, recommend only the CL portion for the experienced hiker.

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.

Amazing views. Slippery and muddy in quite a few areas

Great trail. Beautiful waterfall.

Amazingly beautiful trail, even the touristy parts up to Manoa Falls were supergreen and pretty. The ridge and rope-y parts were a little scary, don't go alone and definitely do the loop in the counter-clockwise direction. Look forward to lush bamboo forests, lots of roots, some scrambly-stony parts, lotsa mud and a long slow beautiful ridge-walking part. Stunning views of the valley and of Honolulu reward you!

trail is great. I have been a few times a day haven't regret it yet. when you go make sure you jump from the high point on the waterfall (the left if you're looking at the fall)

Not bad. Easy trail.

very steep, yet well worth trail to the top of Oahu! ropes towards the top to help you. very interesting hike.

Going on Saturday morning starting at 7a from Moanalua

Great hike. Very difficult. Suggestions for people going on this hike. Don't do it if you're hungover you won't make it and if you do you wont enjoy it as much.

Waterfall was great. Hike past the waterfall was an adventure


Going to be in Oahu Sept 19-26 and wanted to give this hike a shot! Was hoping to link up with some people so we can motivate each other and less likely to get lost. If anyone is available, please email me at yanseung@me.com or DM me on instagram - yanleslie.


Would you guys recommend hiking this alone??
My friends wants to do it today. I wish I could but I have a fracture ankle.

me and my girlfriend are hiking this tomorrow 9/14/18 or some time this week. ig @m.aa.x.x reach out if anyone wants to join

Did this hike today. The entrance is all the way to the right of the parking lot. There is a locked gate but a big hole has been made in the fence to the left of the gate. You will hike down an open gravel road for a ways then you will begin the hike on a trail through the woods. Follow the pink ribbons. Try to stay straight along the stream. There are multiple trails coming off main trail. You will have to cross the stream in several places as well. Muddy and slippery in places but well worth the hike.

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