Where: Located in Kaneohe off the Kahekili Highway. Nestled into the Ko'olau mountain range and below the H-3.
Directions: This is where things get a little tricky... Take the Likelike from town to the Kahekili Highway, go left off the Likelike. Turn left at Haiku Road and continue around the curve, then go right at Kuneki Street. Follow Kuneki St. all the way to the end of the road. It will dead end and on the left hand side you will see the sign for Haiku Stairs and a large fence that also says "No Trespassing." Park along the road, maybe a block away and do not block driveways, mailboxes, or trash pickup areas. The neighbors may not be too friendly, so be quiet and try not to disrupt the area. (It is important that you park legally so you will not be towed). From here you have to hike/go through the fence. Then continue along the paved road, looking to the left for a small trail. It is easy to miss, so make sure you are paying attention. Follow this trail through bamboo, it can get kind of tricky because there are multiple trails, but from here just try to head towards the mountains. You will go through a fence, then along another trail through another fence. And then finally through the last fence where you will find a roadway. Go right on the road until you see the stairs on the left.
Notes: To avoid the guard, some say you must go very early. We are talking 4:30/5:00 am early. I went at 4:30 and had no problems, but be sure to bring flashlights, it is really dark. I don't know when the guard starts, but if you run into a guard before you begin you will be turned around. On the trip down, rumor has it that you will be allowed to pass. There are a few different ways to reach the bottom of the stairs, I find that this way is the easiest. (You are more than welcome to hop fences, follow a drainage canal, climb over barbed wire, etc.) Please be respectful of the residents of this area, they are so disgruntled with the hikers that they want to tear down the bottom portion of the hike. (What???) So remember, go early, bring a flashlight, water, and a camera! Oh, and have fun...
Going through or around the first fence.
The trail to look for on your left.
The last fence to go through.
The shack on the side of the fence.
The sign at the bottom of the trailhead. "Closed"
The multiple fences blocking the trailhead. You must go around them to reach the trailhead, but they don't extend much beyond what you can see here...
I will post more photos of the actual climb soon. I just wanted to post how we found it and some of the challenges that we encountered! Good luck and again: be respectful. It is an amazing climb and a rewarding trek.