Haiku Stairs: The ILLEGAL Stairway to Heaven


Dan: Don’t do it Zack! Dont do it! Zack: I’m doin it!! Dan: Dont jump the fence! Its Illegal! Dan: Thats a beautiful shot right here… There’s your stairs! [Classical Piano Music Playing] Zack: In 1942 on the Hawaiian island of Oahu,
The United states Navy constructed a set of 4000 stairs to access a secret radio station
on top of the mountains. This stairway is called the the Haiku Stairs,
and accurately nicknamed ‘The Stairway to Heaven’, You’ll see why in just a second. [Classical Piano Music Playing] The radio station at the top of the Haiku
stairs was used to communicate with the United States navy all across the pacific during
the 2nd World War. Initially the Stairs leading to the top of
the mountain were made out of wood, but were replaced in the 1950s by a more structurally
secure, metal staircase. After the war, the radio tower was eventually
converted into an Omega navigation system, which transmitted low frequency radio signals
as a kind of old school GPS for ships and aircraft. This was also subsequently shutdown when GPS
Satellites became more mainstream. But the beautiful stairway was left in place,
and in tact. Even though the stairs themselves have been
closed to the public since 1987, that doesn’t keep people from ignoring no trespassing signs
and climbing the stairs themselves to enjoy this world wonder. Often, as I personally found out a few years
ago, trespassers get cited by the local police on the way down. In 2003, the city spent $875,000 repairing
the stairs. But even after that, the constant flow of
trespassers, the precarious location, and the aggressive foliage has left the stairs
again in major need of repair.. Unfortunately though, Just last year in 2016, the
land owners, the Hawaii Board of Water Supply, commissioned a team to study the environmental
impact of dismantling and removing the Stairway to Heaven. That means this hike, and this view,
would be inaccessible for future generations. Taking down the stairs would be removing a
one of the most unique and beautiful pieces of history we have from World War Two. Personally I think Hawaii could make a huge
profit by turning the hike into a lottery system like California does with The Yosemite
Half Dome Hike. Hawaii would get money for stairway maintenance, and
people could participate in one of the most beautiful hikes in the world… legally. Do you think the stairs should be removed
from the mountain? Let me know in the comments. All of this aerial footage you saw was filmed with
a DJI Mavic. Hit that thumbs up button if you enjoyed this
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100 Responses

  1. SUV Tropics

    February 8, 2018 5:49 pm

    I love your channel dude. We need more of this. A spec of positivity in this dark pit called youtube.

  2. ThePeoplesChamp

    February 27, 2018 4:33 am

    I'm from Australia and I think Hawaii should keep it! It's beautiful and provides the means for adventure!

  3. aarsh shah

    March 15, 2018 8:30 pm

    Never . Instead they should build a proper stairs.
    Such a beauty is that.
    Brilliant engineering

  4. TAPP Channel

    June 19, 2018 4:52 am

    I was there last month 🙂 Beautiful experience and its worth that 1000$ fine risk… Just made a video of it… Whenever I'll be back at Oahu I'll definitely will do that again!!!


    August 29, 2018 11:26 pm

    2:46 I think they should keep it but the only thing they have to put a system and also work the stairs if you say fix it and also for nobody is like fat and that experience to people I am trying to say they should keep it

  6. Hetzerogeneous

    September 25, 2018 8:28 am

    Do we want it removed? No, I would love to climb these stairs.
    But is removing it good for the surrounding environment? Most probably yes.

  7. I Cant Walk

    November 1, 2018 1:34 am

    I live in hawaii. Ive done this hike a couple times. Its really fun to do. But closed now. Its dangerous

  8. Steven42 productions

    November 9, 2018 10:01 am

    I just came from Oahu and thair is too meny hikes and people do the stairway to heven ALOT o thow its illegle

  9. Steven42 productions

    November 9, 2018 10:11 am

    No they should not thats a pise of amarican history its the 3rd most known pice of history from the war it would de like destroying pearl harbor and ford Island or like takeing the. USS Arizona out of the water wich would destroyed it and it is agenst the law to even set a finger on the USS Arizona same with USS Missouri or USS Virginia THEY AR A piece of History that ever one will remember

  10. Christopher Barger

    December 19, 2018 1:21 pm

    Its bullshit.

    I fucking hate Hawaii and the democrat leaders here. Being stationed here is a pain. There’s lots of cool shit. But lots of it is illegal or closed.

    Can’t wait to get off this island.

  11. hansdegebruiker

    December 22, 2018 12:40 pm

    Nice vid and a great story. Thanks. And your idea about the lottery system is great. The stairs should be preserved.

  12. Susan Redmond

    January 4, 2019 4:05 am

    Awesome hike. This was a weekend favorite for our family and friends for many years! Great idea to limit participation to a lottery system and keep this treasure available for future hikers!

  13. Broadcast Gaming

    January 5, 2019 11:24 pm

    No they should not remove the stairs, I have walked up to them before in Hawaii it was the most beautiful thing of ever seen.

  14. runningwithshemp

    January 15, 2019 8:06 am

    One issue with keeping it open is seed contamination from invasive species from dirty boots and shoes. The Koo'lau summit ridge has one highest concentration of endemic plants, land snails, insects, and birds in the world. Well not speculator as New Caledonia or Madagascar the Hawai'ian archipelago give scientist a chance to study adoptive radiation like no other ecosystem. Since the majority of fauna at the summit are critically endangered, DLN&R, DAR generally have to adhere to guidelines put forth by USFW&S/Endangered Species Act of 1973. True you access the summit trail from Hawai'i Kai, Manana, Poamomho, etc, but since they are is quite technical and someone remote it keeps most people out. Even with lottery with minimal access (like visiting the Trinity test site), and a requirement new boots (like required research trip for the North West Hawai'ian islands) the liability, disruption of neighborhood, ecological stuff the chance of ever being open to public is pretty minimal.

  15. Nelson Phillips

    January 17, 2019 1:16 pm

    Google Haiku Police Guard and you will see encounters with the Police & Guard at 18 minute mark of the video, hilarious interaction with the Guard & at the end of the climb down. Click on video with Stop Sign. Muffins helped too.

  16. Nikolay Sedletskiy

    February 26, 2019 2:12 pm

    Amazingly beautiful mountains and view! Thanks for the video, and I wish we can contribute somehow to keep the stairs maintenance running for the next generations!

  17. lol Dragonfru

    March 10, 2019 3:48 pm

    Stairs stairs stairs… why not a elevator and roll down the short trip on the mountain of there were a emergency?

  18. YFN_L3GEND_GAM1NG 45

    June 9, 2019 12:50 pm

    No it should not be removed because it like a landmark to our country. I don’t know if this makes sense but it proves to we four threw WWII

  19. Jonathan Ramirez

    July 14, 2019 1:07 pm

    It's on the Kaneohe side of the island. Beautiful side of the island. They still haven't gotten rid of the stairs, but recently a famous person named Beth Chapman died there from the series "Dog the Bounty Hunter". So now they're taking considerations of removing it, but a date hasn't been officially confirmed yet.
    Mahalo Nui Na kane and Wahine from Kapolei, Oahu, Hawaii

  20. mango the wolf 2

    July 14, 2019 4:09 pm

    These stairs shouldn't be removed cuz of the history it has and as you said if they take the stairs away they would be removing history maybe the stairs are still thare In 2019

  21. braddahjerry

    September 17, 2019 7:08 am

    One thing people should know about hiking the stairs is that one of the reasons why it's in hot debate is that the residents that live there are tired of the constant trash, noise, and sometime trespassing that goes on when people attempt to illegally hike. Respect the people that live near these trails and the trails themselves. I have hiked alternative routes to the top of the trails before without going on the stairs. I see the rubbish that people leave there so I understand the residents frustrations and their support in dismantling it. You respect the land and it's people.

  22. Vas Biliychuk

    October 16, 2019 12:29 am

    I live on Oahu and I’ve been to the top a few times but from the legal backside hike, people are fighting tooth and nail to keep the stairs and I hope we get to keep this cool part of history


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