nature trips


wild flowers


trail running




dogs on leash

kid friendly

no dogs

Aloha! I do various guided hikes and photos here on Oahu. Feel free to check out my Instagram @mike.karas and contact me there or feel free to email me at mikekarasphotography@gmail.com if interested.

Neemz w hoping you will see this. I'm on Oahu soon and reaallllyyyy wanna do the stairs but am concerned about finding it since I have never been. If interested please text me 8084437804.

2 days ago

The view was beautiful. Halfway up it started to rain, therefore the trail became more slippery and muddy. My husband and I decided to take the kids and it was a wonderful family experience for us.

Going up in a few minutes for the 182nd time.

Here are 5 things you should know:

(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) Try another route - NOT through the neighborhood!

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

Two people have recently been shot with a high powered air rifle which broke the skin. That was wrong of the shooter, but it's also not surprising.


There is now a special duty Honolulu Police Department officer hired to be on-site as well as the guard.

Public record shows (contrary to popular speculation) that on average police dole out penalties every day.

Over the past three years the stairs have transitioned from a security guard after 5am, to a security guard there 24/7, and most recently a security guard 24/7 PLUS a uniformed police officer on-site to catch hikers.

Your fine is just $1,000 but collateral damage in lawyers fees, community service, plane tickets, court visits, impact on your job, etc is MANY TIMES that.

For locals, a mistake sets you back about $3,000. Visitors (with travel arrangements and time off) will be looking at roughly $5,000+

Any impact a misdemeanor has on your professional life is in addition to that

You can not be overly-cautious!

(5) This is the real Hawaii

Perhaps because you have literally stepped in-to it 3,992 times, this place immerses you in magic. You feel your heart beat, the smell the jungle, you hear the birds, you see the divine landscape, the air is cooler and fresher up there.

Along the way, I discover each time anew what it means to be human and never get tired of it.

That's the crazy part. I have not gotten tired of it yet!


Went a few time in the past week. I noticed fresh looking bolts in several steps. Rails are in very good shape, some parts looked like the were coated, never noticed that before. Also, rusty sharp spots have been wrapped like a true sports therapist - but with gorilla tape lol. Pretty cool. Someone is taking good care of this treasured place, thank you. The radio tower room, besides the dozens and dozens of beer cans and bottles lining the ceiling (please stop doing it, guys!) it is looking better than it has in a long time. I don't know who is doing all this work, but thank you so much.

But not everything is perfect. Still lots of trash being left everywhere. Parents, teach your kids some responsibility yo. SMH. Even if your child is 30 years old... maybe they need a time out. lulz.


I will be in Oahu November 8-12. Is there anyone that knows where they are going that will like to hike with me? Or if anyone in general wants to do it please email me jenv90@icloud.com

This is not an official trail; it's just a course someone on here made up. Starting from the Pu'u Ohia Parking lot, this goes up Pu'u Ohia trail, but neglects to take you to the lookout at the top for some reason. Then down to Manoa Cliffs trail briefly, turn left and go to Kalawahine trail. When you reach the road, turn left and go almost 1/2 mile back up the road to the parking lot. Be careful of cars; they fly through there.

Looking for someone to do stairway with me Sunday early am. Hit me up 8577012358 mike

6 days ago

6 days ago