Hawaii’s well-known Haiku Stairs, generally known as the ‘Stairway to Heaven’, are billed to be removed in 2022 amid a string of trespassing incidents and injuries.
The steep, steel step structure provides pedestrian access to former US Navy communication facilities on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, and has a total of 3,922 steps which span along the Kaneohe mountain range.
The 8,050 feet long stairs reach a dramatic climax through the clouds and many locals and tourists have billed the site as boasting the best view in all of Hawaii.
However, a Honolulu City Council meeting to discuss ongoing issues with the site could lead to its permanent closure, CNN reported Thursday.
In 1987, the stairs were permanently made off-limits to the public. But that has not deterred hikers, YouTubers, thrill seekers and other tourists from sneaking into the site.
There have been numerous injuries there over the years, most recently a 24-year-old who hurt his knee and had to be airlifted out in April.
“Due to rampant illegal trespassing, Haiku Stairs is a significant liability and expense for the city, and impacts the quality of life for nearby residents,” councilmember Esther Kiaʻāina told CNN affiliate Hawaii News Now. Kiaʻāina, whose district includes Kaneohe, authored Resolution 21-154, the proposal to remove the stairs.
On September 8, the Honolulu City Council voted unanimously in favor of removing the staircase for good.
“The city has already spent nearly $1 million in taxpayer dollars to remodel the stairs and hundreds of thousands of dollars in security costs,” council member Brandon Elefante told Hawaii News Now.
The measure was then sent to Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi. He is expected to approve the removal of the Haiku Stairs and allocate $1 million of the city’s budget to cover the expense. He has 60 days to make a final decision.
Once the measure is formally approved, the mayor’s office must establish a timeline for the stairs’ removal and destruction.
Currently, there is a maximum $1,000 fine for people caught trespassing at the Haiku Stairs.
Saudi camel beauty pageant clamps down on Botox cheats
Visa launches crypto advisory service for financial institutions, merchants
Chinese sighting of ‘cube-like object’ on moon rouses speculation, inspires memes
Major outage at Amazon disrupts businesses across the US
Israel announces completion of ‘smart fence’ around Gaza Strip
Asia3 weeks ago
New Delhi’s air pollution still extremely high despite emergency measures
World2 weeks ago
Third night of violence in Guadeloupe as France sends police special forces
Middle East3 weeks ago
France denies handing over executed journalist Zam to Iran: Report
Europe4 weeks ago
EU accuses Belarus of ‘trafficking’ migrants toward border
Latin America4 weeks ago
Cuba accuses U.S. of organizing new protest demonstrations
Middle East4 weeks ago
The May 2021 Israel-Hamas war was a stress test for normalization
U.S4 weeks ago
Judge OKs US$626 million settlement in Flint water litigation
Middle East4 weeks ago
UN Security Council permanent members condemn Yemen’s Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia