Haiku Stairs [CLOSED / PRIVATE PROPERTY] is a 2.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

Length2.4 miElevation gain2,604 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingForestViewsWildlifeMuddyClosedPrivate propertyFeeNo dogs
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This trail is CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC and violators/trespassers are SUBJECT TO $1000 FINES, COMMUNITY SERVICE, BENCH WARRANTS, AND/OR ARREST. If you receive a citation you will be required to appear in court. The act of being ON the stairs is ILLEGAL and trespassing on government property. A powerful storm passed over the island of Oahu on in 2015 which caused significant damage to the stairway itself, rendering it dangerous and unusable. Hikers MUST be mindful of neighborhood residents who live in this area. Noise complaints, parking violations and exiting the trail via residential properties will result in a fine. The ONLY LEGAL WAY to get to the TOP of the Haiku Stairs can be found here: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/hawaii/moanalua-valley-trail-to-the-haiku-stairs-stairway-to-heaven. Again, it is ILLEGAL to be on the HAIKU Stairs at any point along the route.

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Luis Morales
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Has anyone attempted the stairs lately? I’m wondering if it’s still as busy and risky as it was a few weeks ago. Thanks!

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Jenna Mut
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HikingPrivate property

Wondering if anyone has done this trail recently or the legal trail up? Is there no more guard at the bottom since land transfer to the city? Is HPD sitting at the base of the stairs instead?

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Danielle Elliot
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So the 5 stars are as high as my hopes for this hike. Newer to the island and really hoping to find a hiking buddy! Please message me on Instagram: @d_stat so we can adventure together :)

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Jenna Gornall
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HikingPrivate property

Cops everywhere!!! Please don’t go. We were issued a citation for criminal trespassing on the spot despite numerous friends and family assuring us that it wouldn’t be an issue. Don’t listen to them! It is a problem and you will get caught.

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Michael Karas
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HikingGreat!

Aloha! Cool hike. Minus the possible trouble. Hopefully they find a way to open the stairs up versus tearing them down and things look promising for that to eventually happen now. It’s a workout! Make sure to wear proper hiking/solid footwear. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen. Feel free to reach out to me on Instagram @mike.karas or my email mikekarasphotography@gmail.com for info or other questions. I’ve done most of the hikes on the island before. Also please pack out your trash! Too many litterbugs on the island sadly. Mahalo!

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Robert Carter
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HikingGreat!

WARNING. Due to spring break there is a very strong police presence. Was issued a citation on the spot for criminal trespass after being discovered at the stairs. I was using night vision and hiking in the dark at 0130hrs. Police were nice about it. They felt bad but they explained they had to because of the swarms of immature LOUD college kids coming and the neighbors complaining to the city of Kaneohe. It does NOT matter which entrance you take because they are stationed at every entrance. You cannot hack through the jungle either. Too loud. The jungle is too thick to hack through, the bamboo forest is guarded now, and a “sleeper” (friend living in the area) told me neighbors have been offered rewards by police for call ins. I will attempt this hike another time when the dust settles after spring break is over as I’ve done it before. Very frustrating.

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Dulce Carolina
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Hiking

Loved it! World class hike!

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Hàlston Wood
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STAY OFF THE STAIRS. COPS EVERYWHERE. THEY GOT LOOKOUTS AND EVERYTHING. AT LEAST FOR THE NEXT FEW WEEKS BECAUSE OF SPRING BREAK.

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Camila Pereira
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If someone wants to join me 9th May for this hike message me on instagram @capereiira

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Felix Nguyen
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Hiking

Did it 3/10/21. Don’t use my recording because I forgot to turn it off and realized it halfway back. Beautiful hike. Went the stairs up and down. The back way is treacherous. We ran into 5 people going up and all of them took the back way, covered in mud, with defeated looks, and decided to go down the stairs. Did it on a weekday so the gate was open so we just walked right up. We did encounter government employees who threatened to call the cops. But other than that it was smooth sailing. If anyone needs guidance DM and I can direct you to a friend who can maybe help with the hike! @felix.nguyen9

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leanne lukela (adams)
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although I never hiked the stairs, I have a deep connection with the stairs. my grandfather William Dupont Adam's was 1 of 2 navy divers who with spikes, rope and shovel built that stairs that was much needed for communication during the war time .its a piece of history as well as my life

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Katia McGreal
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HikingGreat!Private property

Best views on the island. Walking up the stairs was not very difficult (took me approximately an hour). There are some parts with broken or loose stairs. Getting to the start of the stairs was the hardest part of the whole hike. I recommend going in small groups (I went in a group of 2). Highly recommend!

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Hàlston Wood
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Aloha! This is the 'illegal' way up the stairs. It is MUCH safer than the backway. Yes there is a fine if you get caught going the illegal way. The view on the stairs is beautiful! If you go the illegal way, BE QUIET and show some respect to the neighborhood. If you have questions regarding the front way/illegal way/up the stairs feel free to ask on my insta @wollyhoodshoots.

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Michael Lords
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The illegal way is much safer than the legal way. They should install railings & stairs up the mountain to keep Moanalua Valley trail open & safe for Hikers. No wonder why the sign in Moanalua valley trail by the gate says no trespassing. Better to be safe than sorry. It’s better, much safer, to used the haiku stairs with railings to heaven in windward, Kaneohe than to start in Moanalua valley trail. Spread the word. Tell the mayor & state governor to make Hiking safe for all hikers who want to enjoy exercise, nature, Oahu & the mountain scenery.

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