Honolulu mayor approves $1M plan to destroy famous 'Stairway to Heaven'

The Honolulu Mayor has approved a $1 million plan to remove the Haiku Stairs.
The Honolulu Mayor has approved a $1 million plan to remove the Haiku Stairs. Photo credit Getty Images

A $1 million plan to dismantle the famous Haiku Stairs, a tourist attraction with magnificent views, was approved by Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi on Tuesday.

The decision follows a resolution unanimously adopted by the Honolulu City Council last week urging officials to destroy the beautiful, yet troublesome stairs.

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The Haiku Stairs, commonly known as the "Stairway to Heaven," have been a controversial topic for years since their creation during World War-II as an accessible mountain path. Hikers have continually trespassed on the closed area even though it is illegal, disturbing local neighborhoods, threatening public safety, hurting the environment and causing a liability for the city.

The Honolulu Mayor has approved a $1 million plan to remove the Haiku Stairs.
The Honolulu Mayor has approved a $1 million plan to remove the Haiku Stairs. Photo credit Getty Images

Blangiardi cited worries about public safety and access management as reasons for why he supported the million dollar plan, Hawaii News Now reported.

"We have listened to the varying compelling arguments and appreciate all the feedback and information received from all sides of the Ha‘ikū Stairs issue," he said in an email collected by the news department. "We recognize the interest the stairs have to certain community groups, however issues such as trespassing, personal injuries, invasive species and overall safety of the public cannot be ignored."

The Honolulu city administration is now tasked with devising a detailed plan and timeline for destroying the stairs which will be presented to the City Council within the next 60 days.