The popular Haiku stairs in Kaneohe, also known as Stairway to Heaven, could reopen to the public.
A 13-member working group formed by Honolulu City Council Member Ikaika Anderson has recommended the city reopen the trail, but with a managed access point at Windward Community College away from private neighborhoods.
Conversely the popular stairs leading to the top of the Koolau mountain range could be removed for as much as $5 million.
The hike is one of Hawaii’s most spectacular – one of Hawaii’s hidden jewels – with hikers taking 4,000 metal steps to the mountaintop that sports spectacular views.
However, for nearly three decades, those people hiking the trail have done so illegally and have risked arrest.
In 1987, the U.S. Coast Guard closed down its station at the top of the mountain. That’s when the city also cut off public access.
Currently, the Board of Water Supply has a guard at the stairs 24 hours a day to block public access.
See the full report here: Haiku Stairs report