Infrared Photography of Haiku Stairs (Stairway To Heaven)

A few weeks ago I spotted the photography of Scott Sharick on Facebook and was fascinated by his work. Scott had his Nikon D80 converted to infrared to capture these shots. He is not using a lens filter, instead, the hot mirror filter (designed to pass visible light while blocking infrared and ultraviolet light) in front of the camera sensor in his D80 was physically removed, thus allowing for the capture of infrared light. The results are staggering and very different from typical, non-infrared photographs.

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Cascade of Waterfalls Blanket the Koolau’s + View From Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden

Over the last few days Hawaii has been experiencing moderate to very heavy rainfall. The weather seemed to be at its worst on Tuesday with heavy rain and flash flooding throughout the state. On Wednesday, Governor Abercrombie declared a state of disaster for the islands of Oahu and Kauai. Some areas on Oahu saw more than 15 inches of rainfall, while Kauai saw 35 inches. Many schools and golf courses closed due to the severe weather. The state even shut down Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve because of the surface runoff from the heavy rain.

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How to get to Haiku Stairs (Stairway to Heaven in Hawaii)

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:

Haiku Stairs damage, 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)

For more information regarding the history and present condition of Haiku Stairs, consider visiting the Friends of Haiku Stairs and signing their petition.

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.