On the island of Oahu in Hawaii is a stairway to heaven. Well, maybe just to the top of a mountain, but that’s the name of this crazy hike. Consisting of 4,000 steps up to 2,800 ft above sea level, this stairway was originally designed for the US military in 1942. Its purpose was to be able to string antenna cables from the mountain tops to provide low frequency radio communication during wartime. After being decommissioned in 1950, it was then utilized as a base for navigational systems for the US Coast Guard.
While the stairs were banned from public use in 1987, many daredevil hikers still trek up to the peak to capture the amazing views it can provide. Sunrises are particularly beautiful and while the local citizens of the island desire to have the trail reopened, the government states that the task is just too “cost prohibitive” to maintaining the safety. Maybe someone needs to begin a crowdfunding campaign?
Photos by David Chatsuthiphan