Climbing the Haiku Stairs in Hawaii – aka the Stairway to Heaven – isn’t exactly legal, but the breathtaking views from the top are totally worth it (just check the photo above). Those who dare to climb the 4,000 rickety steel stairs must have quite an adventurous spirit. The path begins at the Valley of Haiku near Kaneohe and it leads 2,800 feet up along a ridge to the top of Puʻukeahiakahoe mountain.
The steps were originally built in 1942 for military to access a radio station antennae at the top during World War II. The stairs are actually a series of ship ladders bolted together to form the narrow ascending path. The drop-offs directly over the side of the railings are frightfully far and some of the photographs looking downward will make your heart race.
Unreal Hawaii is a digital magazine for people that love the Hawaii outdoors. Founder and Editor David Chatsuthiphan is one of the brave many who have ascended the stairs and witnessed the breathtaking views first hand.
“By finishing a hike at the Haiku Stairs, you get to see the view in the afternoon, when typically the morning clouds have burned off. We got a clear view of Kaneohe on this day,” wrote David Chatsuthiphan about this photo.