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Aloha! I will be hiking this weekend and possibly during the week too. 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 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 too. 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 on my Instagram @mike.karas or mikekarasphotography@gmail.com. Bring plenty of water for this hike and other hikes out here in Hawaii.

It was a great trail! Beautiful! Except, I am no experienced hiker. I was about to be killed on this trail. I should have read postings on this site before trying to hike this trail. My student, an experienced hiker, thought I could do this (why? I am not sure). I showed up in shorts and sleeveless shirt, on walking shoes, without wind jacket, gloves, nor spikes. It was a wet, cloudy, and windy day. The trail was extremely slippery. The only reason I got out of this live was God who watched over me!

Nonetheless, this was a beautiful trail. I was afraid being caught by the guard, so even though I really wanted to come down the stairs instead of retracing the trail, we came down the trail legally. It was an experience I won't forget for the rest of my life! There won't be a next time, but if there is... I would definitely be better prepared with proper shoes, spikes, gloves, and a wind jacket!

hiking
1 day ago

did this hike after manoa falls. only saw a couple of people on it. can get very muddy! nice view at the top, not a bad up and back

1 day ago

Super fun my two German Shepherds loved it!! Definitely doing this hike again.

I will climb the Haʻikū Stairs, aka Stairway to Heaven, Wednesday, June 20th for the 263rd time.

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.

Aloha
@Hawaii_Mountain.Man.Matt

I will climb the Haʻikū Stairs, aka Stairway to Heaven, Wednesday, June 20th for the 263rd time.

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.

Aloha
@Hawaii_Mountain.Man.Matt

It was a little tricky in the beginning because of the construction, you go through a bamboo forest and it will hit what looks like a service road, follow that road don’t go to left stay on the wide gravel path. Eventually it will turn into a muddy mess that you just keep going through, keep and eye out for the pink markers along the way. An open area before you hit the river. Then there are a few river crossings. And your there.

How can you argue with a beautiful waterfall?

Great views but muddy, bring a change of clothes. A snack, water, and a walking stick, and gloves will come in handy. This is not an easy trail, but not extremely hard either. But the view was worth it!!

6/17/2018-Started around 0700 and encountered 23 groups/solo hikers. (Most of them we’re on their way in while we were on our way out.) The path has been improved in some sections since the last time we hiked out here (new concrete was poured) and overall weather was good. (Albeit not sunny, but overcast with a breeze.) There were a few semi-muddy sections but those were easy to navigate.

Done this hike before. Awesome hike looking to do this hike again tomorrow 6-16th at -Will have group of 4 if anyone interested. Instagram tattoodavenyc

Going to try and accomplish this tomorrow. Anyone else going ? Email me at anthonyc1492@gmail.com

hiking
7 days ago

Perfect trail to bring my dog!

Amazing hike. I’m not here long, so I don’t redo hikes, but I’d do this one again. No really steep spots, but some boulders you have to climb closer to the waterfall.

The first half, through the bamboo forest, could be hard to find your way back thru. It helped me to look back and see where I came from every time I came to a fork. It’s pretty muddy to the stone bridge.

The second half is less muddy. I got lost immediately and ended up climbing the ridge to the right...which ended abruptly after about a half mile of going straight up. It’s actually really easy to stay on track all the way to the falls through this half if you stick to the river; I felt like the right/east (on the right going upriver) side was easy to follow both in and out.

Great hike. Not too long, not too steep, but plenty of vibrant forest and birds chirping you onward.

trail running
8 days ago

This is a great trail for hiking or trail running.
When you compare it with other trails here in Oahu, this trail is easy to moderate. Moderate mostly because it’s length. Very well maintained trail all the way to the last mile and a half, where it gets a little bit overgrown, but not too bad. On the last 2 miles you will notice more mud, more wind and a little narrower trail. The view at the end is beautiful when the weather is good.
There are some sections with ropes to help you advance faster and safer, and they are usually where are dropoffs on the side of the trails.
On the way you have a variety of plants, valley and mountain views, couple of stream crossing and you can even check out some old tunnels.

Awesome trail. Really muddy, which I am sure are the usual circumstances regarding this hike. You don’t need to go through the tunnel; to the left there is a path around.

http://www.crimewatchers.net/forum/index.php?threads/daylenn-moke-pua-missing-from-oahu-island-hi-27-feb-2015-age-18.5995/

Keep a lookout for some old aircraft parts.

https://paulcpeh.wixsite.com/mysite/blog/moanalua-valley-oahu-hawaii

Really awesome trail through some dense bamboo forests and lush rainforest. The path does get pretty muddy in some areas with multiple stream crossing and some rock hopping. Overall was a pretty easy to moderate hike. Portions on the trail are marked with pink tape hanging on trees and branches to follow along with obvious footpaths for the most part. ( there were a few moments on uncertainty lol but that added to adventure of finding the falls at the end) The waterfall itself is absolutely stunning with a little pool at the bottom to dip in although it can be pretty chilly. Highly recommend.

Hi guys a group of 4 of us will be wanting to climb the stairs. We are visiting the island and would really love to accomplish this beautiful place. But we would love to go with someone that has done the hike. I have read so much online and I’m kinda nervous about it. We will be in Oahu from June 23 to the 27. Please dm on instagram if you would be willing to join us. I am super friendly I promise you’ll have a good time. ;) lol ig is mayulys_hartman

follow the signs, there's some construction where the path normally is, making it a little muddier. beautiful waterfall and hike

Flying in from California on Wednesday. Planning to do this hike on Thursday or Friday ( 6/14 or 6/15). Would love it if someone that did this hike before would join us. Will pay for your coffee. @nellygoing on insta

my wife and i will be hiking on tuesday. would be awesome if someone who had done the hike before joined us

my wife and i will be hiking on tuesday. would be awesome if someone who had done the hike before joined us

Im looking to hike up tomorrow! Would love someone whos done it before to occupancy me. A group would be ideal.

Kick ass

this is a fabulous hike but it is currently under construction and takes you through a very muddy forest trek as a detour. this path is not marked well and while there is an easy way to do this hike, there are many trails that are difficult that lead through craziness. fun craziness but still crazy and VERY muddy!

Trying to join an adventure group 6/8 or 6/9 to brave the Moanalua Valley trail to Haiku Stairs. If anyone is well versed in this hike and can be a guide, DM me on Instagram @tomogachii

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