Forbidden Tourist Attraction | Haiku Stairs

Forbidden Tourist Attraction | Haiku Stairs


Wrapped along a ridge of mountains in Hawaii
is the greatest tourist attraction which is forbidden to see. On this episode we uncover one of the greatest
sights, the Haiku stairs. Known as the stairway to heaven the Haiku
stairs in Hawaii is a set of stairs in the mountains on the hawaiian island of Oahu. This hike while steep, follows a metal stairway
to the top of the ridge. Perched atop the 3,922 steps to the top is
a concrete building which dates back over 50 years. Now there are actually two ways to the top,
the Haiku stairs and on the other side is a dangerous steep muddy path, with no stairs
that both lead to this concrete building. Originally built by the United States Navy
for use during the 2nd world war, the building at the top used to be a radio tower. A secret military plan was developed in hopes
to enhance military communications. A site was need that had 2 nearly vertical
mountains over 2000 feet tall with a flat spot on top. Not the easiest natural formation to be found,
the perfect location was located here in the Haiku valley top this mountain. Construction began soon after the attack on
Pearl harbour. Initially the stairs were made of wood which
were eventually upgraded to metal. After the war people were immediately drawn
to hike the stairs which had the military step in and push people away. In 1975 the coast guard opened up the stairs
to the public to freely use. By 1987 vandalism and safety concerns had
the stairs closed once again to the general public. There were talks of demolishing the stairs
but some locals formed the “Friends of Haiku Stairs” group in an effort to keep the area
clean and in hopes of the stairs opening once again. In 2015 a big storm caused a section of the
stairs to collapse which is still passable but slightly dangerous. Despite $170,000 spent each year on guards
to patrol the base of the hike to keep hikers away people still climb these stairs. It is not recommended you do this but people
will park in a nearby residential neighbourhood, climb under a fence, through a ravine and
bushwack up to the stairs bypassing the guards. The guards won’t chase you nor do they fine
you on the way up but usually as you come down. Some of the sections while climbing on stairs
will be so steep it’ll feel more like a ladder than stairs. If you are wanting to see the top but don’t
want to risk the $1000 fine and court date for trespassing by using the stairs you can
hike up the other side of the mountain range on a precarious muddy, rocky ridge that’ll
lead to the same concrete building at the top. It baffles me why the Hawaiian government
would spend $170,000 a year on guards vs. putting a little pay booth at the bottom and
charge $20 a person to hike up the stairs. All the work is already done and only a small
portion needs to be fixed from the damage of the 2015 storm. Instead of having frustrating the home owners
of the area with people sneaking through their area into the woods to do the hike, losing
money and tieing up the court system with cases that aren’t worth the time they could
easily turn this into the greatest tourist attraction on the planet. All they’d need is to establish a parking
area and a payment booth. Do you think thing they will ever open again
as a proper tourist attraction? Share your thoughts. Consider subscribing and until the next one
have a good one.

12 Replies to “Forbidden Tourist Attraction | Haiku Stairs”

  1. – I always love && enjoy every video, basically [{| have not watched a single video that I personally disliked, if so I'd say in the nicest way |}] .. I appreciate all the interesting topics you speak of. Thanks again, [{| •` xOxo Jenn xbeautiful_sole©️ •|}] ‼️❗️❕ 💯😇😎😍👍🏽💕🍻💋🤗

  2. I believe if they start charging, they would need very expensive insurance and would be riddled with lawsuits. Hopefully there's a legal way that they can allow people there, who will sign a form, that they will not and cannot sue under any circumstances.

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