HONOLULU (KHON2) — A rally was held in front of Honolulu Hale on Tuesday, Sept. 7, in an effort to save Haʻikū Stairs.

A plan to dismantle the hiking trail — commonly known as Stairway to Heaven — is set to go before the full City Council on Wednesday, Sept. 8.

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Those in favor of dismantling it said the surrounding community has been plagued for decades by trespassing, theft and violence.

Supporters of the trail, however, call the stairs a priceless treasure that must not be destroyed. They proposed managed access that would not cost taxpayers anything.

“Startup costs will be covered by the vendor and day-to -ay running will be covered by fees hikers would have to pay to climb the stairs. The stairs are a fabulous Windward treasure, it got great history, great cultural things about the stairs and the environment and the valley.

Vernon Ansdell, Friends of Haʻikū Stairs president