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We had a damn good shot at this one for a couple in their 50's. A bit sore today. Don't go doing this one if you have an old knee injury like me! other than that it was amazing, beautiful, breath taking and really worth experiencing.

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.

1 day ago

Our route:
We staged a car at Wa'ahila state park at 7am, and drove the 10-15min to Pu'u Pia/Kolowalu trailhead. Hiked up to Mount Olympus then down Wa'ahila trail back to the park. 5.5mi, 2600ft elev, and 5hrs total, that's with multiple longer breaks as well.

The ascent is relentless, but it's really not that bad if you're in top shape and the conditions aren't wet. Liken it to 3x Koko Head maybe? Very strenuous for most, but doable. No scary parts or death drops, sorry thrill seekers. But there are some stunning views, and if you're lucky enough to have a clear day at the summit, you'll want to hangout for a while!


3 days ago

Great hike , relatively short. 37 min up , 20 min down. Zero shade path is in full sun.

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!


4 days ago

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

5 days ago