Hawaii’s “Staircase to Heaven” is because of be eliminated following studies of violations and unlawful trespassing
There have been numerous reports of injuries along the way, according to Honolulu council members.
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- The haiku stairs built into the Ko’olau mountain range will be permanently removed.
- Built by the US Navy in the 1940s, the stairs were closed to the public in 1987.
- Honolulu City Council has voted to remove them following reports of trespassing and violations.
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Hawaii’s most Instagram-worthy staircase couldn’t be more after Honolulu City Council voted on Sept. 8 to permanently remove them, local Hawaii News Now reports.
Haiku Stairs, popularly known as the “Stairway to Heaven,” is made up of 3,922 steps built into the face of Oahu’s Ko’olau Mountain Range, according to CNN.
Friends of Haiku Stairs, a nonprofit that believes the stairs should not be removed but reopened, said they were originally built in 1942 “as part of a groundbreaking top-secret US Navy radio station.” In 1987, the stairs were closed to the public after concerns about vandalism and liability, according to Forbes.
Despite the fact that public access to haiku stairs has been restricted for more than three decades, trespassing and reports of injuries along the way have continued to make it a source of stress for local government officials.
In April, a 24-year-old hiker injured his knee on the haiku stairs, KHON-TV reported. In 2018, a Utah visitor who said he was aware he had trespassed told Hawaii News Now that he was “impaled” on a wooden box with spikes after falling from a fence when he was seen tried to reach the stairs.
Almost 4,000 steps form Hawaii’s “Stairway to Heaven”.
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Hawaii News Now reports that after the unanimous council vote on the 8th, Councilor Esther Kia? Aina
Their position was confirmed by Councilor Brandon Elefante, who said the council had spent nearly R15 million in taxpayers’ money to reshape the steps and “hundreds of thousands of dollars in security costs,” the publication said.
After the council votes for removal, the final decision will be made by Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi. He has 60 days to decide and is expected to approve the measure, reports CNN.
Illegal trespassing by thrill seekers climbing the stairs is one of the reasons the stairs can be removed.
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Now, not everyone is happy with the growing likelihood that haiku stairs will be permanently removed.
Friends of Haiku Stairs (FHS), a group of volunteers made up of members of hiking organizations, community groups and conservation organizations from the region, campaigns for the “protection of the historic haiku staircase and its surroundings for present and future generations”. according to the group’s website. It is also said that they held a rally outside Honolulu City Hall on September 7, the day before the council voted.
Despite the Council’s position that the staircase has become a significant cost and liability for reports of injuries, the FHS provides numerous reasons on its website as to why the staircase, including its history, should be preserved.
It is also alleged that there were “no documented serious injuries or deaths resulting from accidents on the stairs”.
Councilors Esther Kia? Aina and Brandon Elefante and the FHS did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.