I’ve had Kamanaiki Ridge Trail on my radar now for some time. I’ve been wanting to do it mainly because the trailhead is located in Kalihi Valley, a favorite Oahu town of mine.
I’m someone that is simultaneously intimidated by the ocean, and yet fascinated with various, perhaps somewhat slightly dangerous, activities. I know that the former feeling comes from the fact that I’m from Toronto, and that, as a result I am simply unaccustomed to dealing with tides, currents and the possibility of sharks. The later feeling, though, pushes me to do things like confront the former head on. As a result, I decided to get my SCUBA certification and spend some time under the sea getting to know it more intimately.
I’ve been having so much fun playing around with my GoPro HD Helmet HERO Camera! I love it because it’s so simple and so compact. Here’s a quick little timelapse of the sun setting over Koko Head. Actually, the sun was pretty much down but not completely, so I was able get photos of some beautiful color shifts into the evening. Enjoy the video and let me know what you think.
Update (2/28/2016): We would like to be a part of the solution and not a part of the problem. Below is a collection of articles collected through the years regarding the stairs. We discourage people from attempting this hike while it is closed to the public.
What you should know:
- Haiku Stairs is officially closed. It has been closed since 1987.
- The stairs is guarded most and/or throughout the entire day.
- Those who attempt the hike from the bottom of the stairs are turned away and/or given citations.
- Those who begin the hike elsewhere and then come down the stairs are given citations.
- Residents of Haiku Village are more than willing to call the police and many make it a point to report hikers upon detection.
- The lower sections of the stairs were heavily damaged by a landslide in February 2015:
Recent News Articles:
Hikers remove Haiku Stairs swing, contracted crew brings down poles
Groups look to buy illegal Haiku Stairs from Board of Water Supply
Hikers above Haiku Stairs trail rescued
Teenage hiker rescued from Moanalua side of Haiku Stairs trail
Could $100 fee reopen Hawaii’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’ hiking trail? (October 2015)
Hawaii’s Iconic ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Hike Might Finally Be Coming Down (June 2015)
Man rescued after breaking ankle near closed Haiku Stairs (June 2015)
An alternative option for the fate of Haiku Stairs (March 2015)
Board of Water Supply explores removing Haiku Stairs (February 2015)
Haiku Stairs, a legal and costly burden? (February 2016)
BWS takes first step to demolish Haiku Stairs (February 2015)
Haiku Stairs damaged by landslide, may never reopen (February 2015)
Finally, the comments for this post have been turned off as well. From 2011 to 2016, the comments section for this post was a combination of hatred, gratitude, and questioning. More recently, it turned into a quick place to request for a guide. We DO NOT offer guided hikes up to Haiku Stairs.
Update (6/26/2016): Significant edits have been made to this post because of recent acts of vandalism and graffiti at Kaniakapupu. Please watch the video above, provided by the Department of Land and Natural Resources, for reasons why you should not do this hike. Mahalo.
Note: Kaniakapupu is a closed trail and is not open to the public. Only authorized groups are allowed to hike Kaniakapupu, including, the Sierra Club of Hawaii and the Hawaiian Civic Club. As our disclaimer partially reads: “I’m not your daddy, these are dangerous as sh*t hikes, even the simple ones, if you got [insert applicable disorder, disease, or physical impairment] don’t even think about it yo.” Also, consider these tips on Hiking Safely In Hawaii. Mahalo.
“Leave it alone. Don’t scratch it, don’t do anything to it, come with respect. Criminy sakes, I don’t know where you’re coming from, but this is not a graffiti palette to do your thing. This is important to a lot of people. This is important to the Hawaiian nation, yea. It’s just utter disrespect, utter disrespect. How does it make me feel? It makes me feel awful.” -Baron Ching, Vice-Chairman of Aha Hui Malama O Kaniakapupu
Please consider the above and elect to respect this culturally sensitive site by observing from a distance (through the photos already available online) or visiting with an authorized group with permission and a permit.
I first completed Hawaii Loa Ridge many years ago, back in 2004. I remember the trail as being a very brutal one with steep inclines and challenging rope climbs. Of course, that was way back in 2004 and Hawaii Loa was my first big hike.
Manana starts at the end of Pearl City and offers one of the best views on the island after a long trek through a diverse group of plant life. Featured in the center of the island, Manana is a 12 mile loop with many climbs and an excellent ridge section that leads to its summit. August and September may be the best times of the year to complete the trail as that is when the strawberry guava will be in season. On my last trip just a week ago, I saw well over 200 ripe fruits near the trail head alone. Although this is long trail, you will be walking in the shade the majority of the time. Once you get to the open ridge section, you will very likely be surrounded by clouds and it is also often very windy. Although the clouds make the journey easier, it makes the view seen here extrememly rare. The summit is often completely surrounded in clouds. But, on rare day or moment it is clear, you will be provided with an excellent view of the windward side of the island that stretches to Makapu’u, the Eastern most point on the island.
I have a friend that is from Hawaii, but moved away to the mainland for graduate school. He mentioned to me that he had never seen a Hawaiian Sea Turtle in action at the beach while he lived on the islands. I was blown away because they are so numerous … if you know where to look. One of the places on Oahu where you are guaranteed to have an encounter with a turtle is at Papa’iloa Beach in the North Shore town of Haleiwa. The beach is actually tucked away behind residential homes and so it is often the perfect place for a secluded beach experience.