A few months ago, a fellow Exploration: Hawaii hiking buddy posted a distant photo on a Hawaii hiking forum of a set of stairs running along a spur ridge in the Hawaii Kai area. The stairs seemed to be a mystery to those who replied and commented on Allison’s photo. Kenji Saito, however, confirmed the steps and also mentioned that he had used the steps to descend into the valley below over a year ago. Hawaii Kai, the town that seemingly has everything, also had its own “Haiku Stairs” too?
It didn’t take too long before curious hikers ventured and explored the area, eventually finding the set of stairs that Allison’s eyes had caught a glimpse of. Allison’s Hidden Stairs (as it has been dubbed by local hiking legend, Waianae Steve), along with the adjacent Dead Man’s Cat Walk is currently in vogue, much like the previously trendy hikes before it: Lulumahu, the Kalihi Ice Ponds, and Upper Makua Cave.
It took a while, but Exploration: Hawaii finally found the time to explore Allison’s Hidden Stairs. The story behind these yellow metal stairs is unknown. However, my best guess is that they were created to aid in the installation of the various communication towers around the area. Observations during our visit suggest that it is rarely used now, considering the amount of overgrowth on and surrounding the stairs.