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