Friends of Ha'ikū Stairs advocate reopening the Ha'ikū Stairs under managed access.
URGENT ACTION ITEM FOR SUPPORTERS:
AGENDA REGULAR MEETING CITY COUNCIL CHAMBER TUESDAY, JULY 20, 2021 10:30 A.M
1. RESOLUTION 21-154 – HAIKU STAIRS. Urging the City Administration to remove the Haiku Stairs and its accessory structures to stop trespassing, reduce disturbances to local neighborhoods, increase public safety, remove potential liability to the City, and protect the environment.
SUBMIT YOUR TESTIMONY NOW TO SAVE THE STAIRS FROM DESTRUCTION.
PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AND TESTIMONY Pursuant to the Twenty-First Proclamation issued by Governor David Ige on June 7, 2021, relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, in order to allow public participation in a manner consistent with social distancing practices the following procedures are in effect for the meeting: VIEWING THE MEETING AND RESTRICTIONS ON ENTRY Members of the public will not be allowed into the meeting room, but may view the meeting on a live broadcast. The meeting will be viewable: (1) by internet live streaming through and (2) by televised live broadcast on Olelo TV Channel 54. After the meeting, the meeting will be viewable on demand at Copies of older meeting videos may be requested by calling the City Clerk’s Office at 768-5822; charges may apply. Some Councilmembers and presenters may be participating in the meeting by interactive conference technology from remote locations.
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Why Save the Stairs?
Here are some key reasons:
As per the findings of the BWS's DEIS: “The Haʻikū Stairs was built in the 1940s, is defined as a historic property per §6E-2, HRS, and retains its historic integrity.” (Vol 2, p. 701). Why would you destroy a historic structure, especially if you could repair it for less?
The Haʻikū Stairs represent one of the safest hiking trails in Hawaii. There having been no documented serious injuries or deaths resulting from accidents on the Stairs
Reopening the Stairs under managed access would provide unique, internationally recognized, educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities and save one of the world’s top 10 best hikes on the National Geographic Endangered Trails list.
The Kāneʻohe Neighborhood Board resolved in May 17, 2017 to support reopening the stairs under a controlled and managed access plan that respects the privacy rights of residents of the Haʻikū Village neighborhood
We have read the DEIS report and we agree that managed access (conveyance alternative) is by far the best alternative with a total score of 7 good as compared to removal with a score of only 4.
FHS has a managed access plan in place that is in alignment with the recommended Poʻokela Street access route and can be adjusted to meet all the listed concerns.
FHS has years of experience leading people on legal maintenance climbs on the stairs, carrying out repairs to individual modules, controlling invasive species, and mitigating run-off concerns.
Managed Access to Save the Stairs
The following Concept Plan outlines how The Friends of Ha'ikū Stairs would run the Stairs under managed access in order to save the Stairs, mitigate potential risks, and best serve the public interest.
Please feel free to download the Plan and see for yourselves how managed access is not only feasible, but also the best way forward for the Stairs.
**Please Note: The stairs are currently closed and illegal to access, no matter how you access them. We do not provide information that will aid people in breaking the law**
What We Do
PETITION the Board of Water Supply & the Mayor
We started a petition on Change.org in 2015 in order to garner support for Saving the Stairs. By July 2nd 2019 when we delivered our petition to the Board of Water Supply, and handed a second copy to the Mayor's office, our petition included 11,650 signatures of support, as well as 171 pages of comments from supporters. Mahalo to all of you who contributed towards this effort.
REACH OUT to the community and to local representatives
Our board members sit on community groups and liaise with local representatives to promote managed access as a sensible alternative to destruction. We make presentations at conservation group meetings and discuss our vision for the future of the Stairs and Ha'ikū Valley with local community groups with with the goal of Saving the Stairs and its environment for current and future generations.
RALLY FOR SUPPORT
We hold rallies and events in order to raise awareness for the plight of the Stairs. Through sign-waving and public events such as the Save the Stairs rally at Hawaiian Brian's in 2019, we show that there is widespread support for saving this historic and much-treasured monument.
How We Do It
THROUGH THE SALE of Merchandise
Friends of Ha'ikū Stairs is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) organization. All proceeds go directly to our mission to protect the Ha'ikū Stairs and its environment for current and future generations. Your purchases are tax-deductible. Prices include shipping and packaging to all US locations. Please contact us for international orders.
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