Stairway to Heaven

Entering a closed state park or trail, like Stairway to Heaven, is punishable with a minimum $100 fine for a first offense.

The Honolulu’s Board of Water Supply is soliciting public feedback about what the fate should be of the Haiku Stairs or Stairway to Heaven, according to a Hawaii News Now report.

According to the report, there are four options: tear them down, allow usage of the hike without trespassing, see it to another government agency to manage or do nothing. The BWS wants to tear down the stairs, but they are open to other options. 

“We would be very remiss as a city agency just to turn the land over without knowing it was going to be properly taken care of,” said Kathleen Pahinui, a BWS information officer, in the report. 

A group called Friends of Ha‘ikū Stairs is calling for the hike to be opened with someone controlling its access with a fee. A fee which Vernon Ansdell of Friends of Ha‘ikū Stairs in the report said would be used to increase security and maintenance.  

Currently, it is illegal to go on the hike and trespassers can be fined $1,000 and the BWS pays $170,000 a year to hire a security guard to keep hikers out.

People have until May 23, 2017, to offer feedback on any of the options. Such feedback will be included in the BWS’s environmental impact report. A decision about the stairs will not be made until next year, though. 

All comments must be emailed to haikustairs@g70.design.