It's an issue that has come up more and more recently: hikers trespassing to reach the closed Ha'iku Stairs trail.
Hikers can be seen there daily, but Friday they were met by an unexpected group. They were not guards, but a posse of landowners who are determined to stop the trespassing.
The Ha'iku Stairs, also known as Stairway to Heaven, has been off limits for years. Despite the signs and the gates, it has not stopped hikers from trespassing to make the popular hike.
Many come well before dawn before the posted guard gets there.
"Primarily, it was in response to a neighbor getting assaulted. We wanted to go to show support that it affects everybody and to tell people, know that they are breaking the law," said Rick Barboza, a resident.
Barboza leases seven acres from Kamehameha Schools. He was among the group, which included representatives from Kamehameha Schools, the Honolulu Board of Water Supply and Department of Hawaiian Homelands. He says it was eye opening.
"At the front of the gate, as soon as people started to trespass is when we stopped them. Before they actually fully went around the gate or over the gate, from two in the morning to six in the morning, we confronted 91 people," said Barboza.
They targeted the holiday weekend to stop the hikers, but Barboza says they aren't letting up. He says it's become a nightmare for himself and his community.
"We had people continuously trespass on our property. We have theft, a lot of theft and we also had a lot of vandalism from people trespassing through this same gate that everybody uses to go up to the stairway," said Barboza.
Honolulu police were on call in case help was needed.
BWS officials told KITV to expect an increase in police presences, which includes this weekend because it anticipates more hikers.
"Haiku Stairs is not regularly maintained and inspected and therefore is not considered safe and remains closed to the public. Trespassing on watershed land is punishable by a maximum penalty of six months in prison and/or a $600 fine," said a BWS official.