stairway to heaven via moanalua valley hike

About This Trail:

distance:  6 miles

elevation:  about 2800 ft.



  • The Plan: Since this is a one-way hike, we all need to meet at the end of trail at 0700hours (corner of Makena and Kuneki St. nearest to Haiku Rd, and carpool to beginning of the trail that will be at moanalua valley area!!!
  • Moanalua Valley Park

We will reach the top of The Stairway via the trail just to the right of the "Kulana'ahane Trail" (Moanalua Valley Middle Ridge)in the Ball book it is listed as KeahiakahoThe 2,820-foot peak stands high in the back of Moanalua Valley. It is the highest peak along the portion of the Koolau crest which forms the southern arm of Haiku Valley. Ke-ahi-a-kahoe, or "Kahoe's fire", was named for a story of brotherly revenge. The brother of Kahoe, Pahu, only brought bait-fish to him despite his frequently successful catch while Kahoe always gave Pahu ample helpings of poi. Kahoe eventually found out his brother's deception. When a famine set in on the area, but Kahoe had ample food, Pahu was found looking longingly at Haiku Valley, where Kahoe lived. His sister found him and said, "so, standing with eyes gazing at Kahoe's fire?" But Pahu, knowing his past misdeeds, had nothing to reply.e. http://www.youtube.co...THIS IS A EXPERT HIKE We will park cars @ both sides of the hike(Will need volunteers to come early to take cars to the other side) and hike down the Haiku Stairs http://kaleolancaster... This trail used to require a permission from Moanalua Gardens to hike but since June 6, 2009 on National Trail day it's had open it door(gate) to all hikers. There has been some confusion as to how far this is IT is only 6MI. From the park, we will trek about 2 1/2 mile on the valley floor flanked by Red hill ridge on the left and Tripler ridge on the right to the trail head of "Kulana'ahane Trail". From this trailhead is a 2 mile hike to the end of trail. From the end is a steep climb to the Ko'olau summit. (elevation 1660 ft.) From the summit you can look straight down to Ha'iku Valley, U.S. Coast Guard Omega Station, the Hai'ku Stairs are visible on the steep side to the right. Along the coast is Kane'oke Bay and town. On the right you can also see a approx. 800 ft. waterfall chute coming down. Moanalua is a classic valley hike. It offers some easy road walking, a stream trail (23 of them) and a short ridge climb at the end. Moanalua Valley is rich in historical sites and legends. You will visit S.L. Damon house site, travel on the original cobblestones of the old carriage road, stone bridges that was build in the late 1890, and an ancient petroglyph's writing. This is relatively an easy hike but since its a long hike of 10 miles, it would be more suitable for intermediate hikers. For those novice hikers, who like to do this hike, they can hike up to the trailhead of "Kulana'ahane Trail" and turn back (21/2 mile one way) This first leg of the hike is Kamananui valley road hike. Bring plenty of water, lunch, bug spray,camera, rain gear (just in case and if you don't want to get wet) and good hiking shoes Directions: From H-1West, take Hwy 78 toward Honolulu, take exit marked Moanalua Valley-Red Hill, from the off ramp go pass the 1st 4 ways stop,at the second 4 ways stop turn left into Ala Aolani St. goes underneath the Hwy heading toward Moanalua Valley. The park is at the end of Ala Aolani St. H-1 from Honolulu, take Hwy 78 (heading ewa), exit Moanalua Valley-Red Hill, from the off ramp turn right on Ala Aolani St. At the end of Ala Aolani St. is the Moanalua Valley Park. If there are no parking in the park, park on the side of the road. Remember this is a quite residential area please be courteous. Drive speed limit, do not block driveways. http://archives.starb.... http://kgmb9.com/main.... Stairway To Heaven http://www.youtube.co... http://www.friendsofh... The Haʻikū Stairs, also known as the Stairway to Heaven or Haʻikū Ladder, is a steep hiking trail on the island of Oʻahu. The trail began as a wooden ladder spiked to the cliff on the south side of the Haʻikū Valley. It was installed in 1943 to enable the construction of antenna cables that would be strung from one side of the cliffs above Haʻikū Valley to the other. A building to provide a continuous communication link between Wahiawā and Haʻikū Valley Naval Radio Station was also constructed at the very peak of Puʻukeahiakahoe, elevation at about 2,800 feet (850 m). These extraordinary antennae transmitted very low frequency radio signals from a 200,000-watt Alexanderson alternator located in the center of Haʻikū valley. The signals could reach US Navy submarines as far away as Tokyo Bay even while the submarines remained underwater. A popular history of the construction of Haʻikū Stairs is contained in Woodbury, David Builders for Battle chapter XXIII, E P Hutton & Company Inc., New York, 1946. When the Naval base was decommissioned in the 1950s, the United States Coast Guard used the site for an Omega Navigation System station. In the early 1950s, the wooden stairs were replaced by sections of metal steps and ramps — by one count, 3,922 steps. The station and trail were closed to the public in 1987. Despite the closure, some hikers ignore the No Trespassing signs and continue to climb, contributing to the local community's misgivings about reopening the structure. Local officials have repaired the trail and the ladders, but the trail will remain closed and patrolled by security until access and management issues have been resolved.

 

 

By making a RSVP for this event you agree to be responsible for yourself and all your guest and agree to everything below. Safety Tips for Hiking: Inform a friend of your route and your expected time of return. Never hike alone or go beyond your capability Always bring water, basic first aid kit and rain gear, just in case. Do not drink stream water which contains biological impurities STAY ON THE TRAIL. YOU WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN HEALTH AND SAFETY Plan your hike by knowing the terrain to be covered, the length of the trail, weather conditions, time of day, and hazards along the trail. Allow ample time to return before nightfall by figuring 1.5 miles per hour. Carry proper equipment, including a first aid kit and plenty of water. Wear proper shoes and clothing. Stay on the designated trail and be extra cautious when crossing streams and walking on wet, slippery trails or on loose, crumbly soil or rock. Hike in a group and keep track of those in your party Safety Tips for Hiking: Inform a friend of your route and your expected time of return. Never hike alone or go beyond your capability Always bring water, basic first aid kit and rain gear, just in case. Do not drink stream water which contains biological impurities STAY ON THE TRAIL. YOU WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN HEALTH AND SAFETY Plan your hike by knowing the terrain to be covered, the length of the trail, weather conditions, time of day, and hazards along the trail. Allow ample time to return before nightfall by figuring 1.5 miles per hour. Carry proper equipment, including a first aid kit and plenty of water. Wear proper shoes and clothing. Stay on the designated trail and be extra cautious when crossing streams and walking on wet, slippery trails or on loose, crumbly soil or rock. Hike in a group and keep track of those in your party

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  • Chris

    Thanks Art and P, hike was amazing. Had a blast! Nice to see old peeps again and meet new ones =)

    March 4, 2013

  • Phuong aka P

    Constant battle from being blown off the ridges, spectacular views made this hike top 3 so far! Calves n quads are hurting today!! Thx to art n all!

    March 3, 2013

  • ARTHUR #NO E.

    Aloha Ato hikers thanks for coming today at hike and we all make it happen!!!! I hope everyone had fun today!!! Mahalo and see you guys to the next coming hiking event!! Art :-)

    March 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      And a mahalo, to you and p for organizing it. Great group of people and it was a fantastic hike.

      March 2, 2013

  • Tony L.

    We're here on the tripler side parking lot

    March 2, 2013

    • ARTHUR #NO E.

      Did you guys follow to moanaloa valley!!!

      March 2, 2013

  • ARTHUR #NO E.

    Its on!!!!! Wake up everybody and lets do this challenge!!!!! Are you ready?......

    March 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Time to go! Let's do this!

      March 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Alright alright alright!

      March 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Let's do this!

    1 · March 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Aloha! Several people have stated they are willing to carpool from Waikiki. I've sent messages to them but have not heard back from them. It's crunch time (rather hiking time). Will anyone in the Waikiki area please give me a call if you have room to carpool. My # is[masked]-5047. Mahalo!

    March 1, 2013

    • Tony L.

      I'm totally new to Meet up and not quite sure how to get messages. I'm going to the hike and I can still give people rides. my cell number is[masked]

      March 1, 2013

    • Phuong aka P

      408 area code is San Ho area code, so we'll forgive you this time Tony.

      March 1, 2013

  • ARTHUR #NO E.

    Count down almost there im so freaking excited! !! Ti do this hike again!!!! Lord guide everyone fir this hike and you are morethan welcome to join and be a leader of this hikerz!!!!

    March 1, 2013

  • Joe C

    Sorry for the late reply, I am coming from Waikiki and have room for 3 people, but I am not coming back to Waikiki, so this would be a one way ride. If this works for anybody, please let me know and we'll set up a place to meet.

    March 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Am I the only one ridiculously stoked for this hike?

    February 28, 2013

    • Phuong aka P

      Hahaha O:-) that's a halo in case u were wondering

      March 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ah, I saw it as a target

      March 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    One of the guests is a maybe

    1 · February 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Both guests are confirmed

      1 · February 28, 2013

  • michelle

    I would love to go but don't have transport. Anyone carpooling from waikiki area? I'm glad to chip in for gas. :)

    February 25, 2013

    • Joe C

      I'm coming from Waikiki if anyone needs a ride.

      February 28, 2013

    • ARTHUR #NO E.

      Hi joe may friend he live in waikiki. By alawai can you give him a ride after the hike? No worry I gonna tell him to chip in for gas... please! !

      February 28, 2013

  • Tony L.

    I have a car and I'm leaving from the Waikiki area. I can give rides for up to 3 other people.

    1 · February 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Tony. I just spoke with michelle. We will ride with you if that is OK. Where to meet? I'm in the aka wai marina. [masked]

      1 · February 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi tony. No word from you yet on the carpool offer. I need to know whats up. Is your offer still good? Or do I need to make other arrangements? Mahalo!

      February 28, 2013

  • Jason

    I'll be working past midnight the night before so I won't be able to do this hike. Next person on the waiting list, enjoy!

    February 25, 2013

  • Vondi M.

    Art- after reading your beautifully described hike- I wanted to see if it is possible to join for the 1st 2 1/2 miles and then turn around? I would love to be there to see what the entry to this hike is like and to be around all the fun hyped up energy! But since I'm unsure of the hike, is it possible to do that? =o)

    2 · February 26, 2013

    • Vondi M.

      I hear my mom saying, if your friends all tell you to jump off a cliff....... hhahahaahahhaa Well, I'm only going to as far as I can go and then turn around my friends. Thanks for the encouragement - this is the reason why I'm going to do the 1st part! :)

      February 27, 2013

    • ARTHUR #NO E.

      Ok vondi!!!! Thats ok... hey guys who knows she might change her mind and finished the hike!!!! Lol

      February 27, 2013

  • Vondi M.

    I'm going but only to 1st part- I don't want to take the slot away from anyone else :)

    February 27, 2013

  • Chris

    Hello =), can I car pool with someone back to the trailhead (Moanalua Valley Park) after hike. Let me know, thanks...808-[masked]

    February 27, 2013

  • Patrick P.

    You know it!

    1 · February 26, 2013

  • Joe C

    Do it Vondi, we'll all be there to support each other.

    1 · February 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Michelle, I have a vehicle and was looking to be a carpool or carpool with someone else. I'm in Waikiki too. My # is[masked]

    1 · February 25, 2013

  • ARTHUR #NO E.

    Aloha hikers: I know that some of you guys already did this hike.. we need to put vehicle in both side.. but my suggestion is lets all meet up at haiku road end of the trail and do carpool to moanaloa valley. .. the addres where we gonna meet up is already posted here so please and question or concern about the meeting place feel free to call or txt me at 8084782276... aloha & mahalo hikerz!!

    February 25, 2013

  • Phuong aka P

    Art how are we going to work out on the car pooling thing? I have plans in Kailua after so I would prefer to park my car at end of stairway side n hitch ride back to start of hike!

    February 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would also like to carpool with someone. I'm in Waikiki.

    February 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Anyone leaving from Waikiki/Ala Moana area?

      February 25, 2013

  • Phuong aka P

    Highly suggest sturdy hiking shoes n gloves for this hike

    February 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      What about decent hiking shoes?

      February 24, 2013

    • ARTHUR #NO E.

      Jack yes decent hiking shoes to maje you comfortable!!!

      February 25, 2013

  • Rebecca and my Happy d.

    Btw, yes, I know my name says "and my dog" but claws suck on ladders, so she'll be staying at home on this one. I live Kaimuki if anyone wants to carpool. I could meetup in town or wherevers along the way.

    February 24, 2013

    • ARTHUR #NO E.

      Becca happy cant go on this one its really steeped for the dog!!! But the upcoming hike you can definitely bring happy!!!

      February 25, 2013

  • Rebecca and my Happy d.

    One way? Are we helicoptering off at the top?

    February 24, 2013

    • ARTHUR #NO E.

      Absolutely not!! Unless you wanna pa uh the fine!!! Lol hope to see you there becca..

      February 25, 2013

  • samantha

    Hello, I'm from out of town, any mentally stable person is kind enough to give me a lift? :)

    February 18, 2013

    • Phuong aka P

      Ross is the most sane, secure non arrogant guy I know! I'm sure he would love to pick you up and share the aloha spirit! :-) I'm too far from where ur staying

      February 19, 2013

    • samantha

      Thank you your awesomeness!

      February 20, 2013

  • Terry C.

    Enough said. Discussing this in a public forum like this isn't doing any one any good. Suggest you do any further communication on this in private. Also, keep in mind that we have a new Mayor , City Council and Director of Parks.

    1 · February 11, 2013

  • Phuong aka P

    As stated earlier this hike is closed route n it's possible that if we get caught we can be cited for trespassing and it's for expert hikers not fearing possible death and heights. If you are not comfortable with either please DO NOT go on this hike with us. We are all adults every decision we make is on our own whether crossing the street, jumping in ocean knowing sharks can bite n possibly kills us and even dating an insane person that has the potential to kill us and chop us to pieces or friends who punch us! We all take that risk everyday n we have the ability to decide what we want to or not do. So if you are afraid of getting sited n not comfortable living life on the edge of your seat PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS HIKE!

    1 · February 11, 2013

    • Phuong aka P

      Ps this will b my 3rd stairway to heaven hike but will b my first time doing moanalua side. And Art knows the guard personally so he's not going to call the cops on us. As long as there are no know it alls, the guard can care less what we do, but if you give him lip he will have the last laugh. That's what he told me last time I went down stairway n i chatted with him for awhile so that's just my two cents.

      February 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are there going to be any car pools?

    February 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi !
    I would like to go with you ,however I have been here only 2 days and have no idea where is it and have no transportation
    please let me know if someone could give me a lift there ?
    Thank you
    Mirek

    February 5, 2013

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