Honolulu Councilman Ikaika Anderson has announced the formation of a working group that will decide whether to reopen the Haiku Stairs and Stairway to Heaven.
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The 10-member working group has 90 days to meet and develop a list of recommendations.
The working group has representatives from various landowners, including nearby residents, the Board of Water Supply, the Department of Hawaiian Homelands and Kamehameha Schools.
Any recommendations developed by the committee will have to satisfy the concerns of those who live next door and are fed-up with trespassers.
“Well I think at this point if I were living there I would say absolutely not. I think the percentage is high,” said Ken Rose of Haiku Stairs Working Group.
“The hope is that the task force, with all of the expertise that it has, can come to a consensus with the landowners to reopen. If we can’t come to the consensus to reopen, then I would say enough’s enough and we need to move on,” said Anderson.
Anderson says failure to reach an agreement means the stairs could eventually be torn down, even though some say it's the safest hiking trail on Oahu.
The city pays $70,000 a year to staff a security guard at Stairway to Heaven, but the guard is not there 24 hours a day.