After many years, Hawaii is planning on removing the popular stairway to heaven. The original function of the stairway was to provide a means of transport to the US Navy on the island of Oahu. Now, let us look at some of the reasons why Hawaii is removing the famous stairway to Heaven.
Facts About Stairway to Heaven on Oahu
- The stairs were built by the U.S. Navy in the 1940s.
- There are 3,922 steps on the stairway.
- The stairs have been closed to the public for 30 years but people still find their way to it.
Why Hawaii Is Removing Famous Stairway To Heaven On Oahu
The Honolulu City Council in a recent meeting decided to take the stairway down as a result of a security threat. It was also noticed that a teenager injured himself whiles using the stairway.
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The original function of the stairway as already discussed was to provide access to a security community and the encroachment by visitors is a threat.
Read the press below.
“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,” Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi shared with Hawaii’s KHON2.
“Fundamentally, it is inappropriate to have a high-use tourist attraction entering through this residential neighborhood, which lacks in the capacity to provide appropriate facilities or parking.
Consequently, my administration is aligned with the City Council’s resolution to remove the stairs and we intend to move forward with the necessary plans.”
What Happens Next?
The Honolulu City Council has therefore placed a fine of $1,000 for intruders. There is an expected budget of $1 million set aside to remove the structure.
The producers of popular movies like “Jurassic Park” and “Jumanji” have also offered to take the stairway to their property and build it there. There have also planned to allow visitors to use it for any amount of money.
When this happens, it means the Hawaii stairway will still be available but only relocated to another place and this time for an amount of money.