The stairs were constructed in 1942 to assist with construction and provide access to the Naval Radio Sation at Haiku Valley. Now they are unmaintained, and technically illegal to hike on as there is a guard who patrols the trail head 24/7. However there is a back route up a ridge-line that is a bit longer of a hike, but still provides the same amazing views at the top. (This is the route I recommend as you do not trespass and bother the neighbors who live in Haiku Valley, or have to deal with the guard.)
This adventure we ended up going very early so that we were able to shoot some night photography of the stairs. Even though there were clouds most of the night Matt (@mattGeophotography) and Sage (@diversage) were able to get a few spectacular shots with the stairs and some stars.
I believe adventures are as much about who you have with you as they are about what you are doing. This trip could have been a huge bummer as the weather conditions didn’t cooperate for the shots we had hoped for. But the squad that came made this trip one of, if not all time, favorite time hiking around the Haiku Stairs!