Parking – Be quiet when you park in the neighborhood, lots of residents have dogs / roosters who will make noise when they hear you. (Click this link to get detailed directions on parking and how to find Haiku Stairs)
Guard – is hired by the community, and can’t really do anything besides call the authorities. They will tell you that you are trespassing, that there is a fine, and that they are going to call the cops. Just tell the guard you understand and keep going towards the stairs. The guard pretended to talk to someone, saying “4 coming up, 4 coming up”. They didn’t call the cops on us. On our way back after the hike, the guard recorded us but I doubt they can use that for anything.
Weather -make sure to check the weather. If it’s raining, not only will the view be ruined, but it’s not safe because the stairs will be very slippery! Ideally, there should be no clouds or fog too. Unfortunately, when we went, we encountered “vog”, what my friend called volcano fog from nearby islands.
- Headlamps – If you go early in the morning, it’s dark and you’ll want both hands on the railway
- Bug spray – If you’re loved by mosquitos, make sure you protect yourself!
- Gloves – It’s misty up in the mountains, so the railways get wet and slippery
- Miscellaneous – Hat, sunscreen, water, snacks, shoes you don’t mind getting muddy, a poncho to sit on if you’re going to wait for the sunrise, and of course, a camera / phone to document the gorgeous views.
- Jacket : It’s cold up in the mountains, so this is nice to have!
- Download Alltrails app to help guide you, along with our other guide
Be safe, and have a lot of fun! This was our favorite hike, and we’re so glad we did it! If you want more information, check out our other post with detailed directions on how to go to Haiku Stairs.