Haiku Stairs – “The Stairway to Heaven”
The Haiku Stairs, also known as the Stairway to Heaven and Haiku Ladder, were originally constructed in 1942 to provide access to the top secret Haiku Radio Station. Converted over from a wood ladder to metal steps and railing, this hike consists of 3,933 steps high up in the Ko’olau mountain range.
One of the most dangerous hikes on Oahu, this hike is actually illegal. Accessing the trailhead is difficult as a guard is knows to turn visitors away as early as 2AM. Making matters worse, a storm in early 2015 significantly damaged a portion of the stairs making the trail possible impassable.
Diamond Head Crater – Lēʻahi
Diamond Head Crater, also known as Lēʻahi is instantly recognizable in the backdrop of any Honolulu cityscape. This circular crater was formed 300,000 years ago from a single volcanic explosion, and can be seen from virtually all flight traffic coming into Honolulu International Airport.
This scenic hike is popular with tourist and can get crowded at times. Located just Southeast of Waikiki, this trail is only about 1.5 miles roundtrip from the trailhead and consists of a 560 ft climb to the top of the crater
1,106 steps up the side of the Koko Head Volcanic Crater, this trail is entirely on railroad ties.