- Associated Press - Friday, June 3, 2016

HONOLULU (AP) - Daredevils have been flocking to a dangerous swing constructed 2,820 feet atop a forbidden mountain trail in Hawaii.

The Honolulu trail known as the Haiku Stairs or the Stairway to Heaven was closed to the public in 1987, reported KHON-TV (https://bit.ly/1XVJU91 ). The swing built along two rusted poles just adds another risky component to the trail, and the Stairway to Heaven isn’t alone — such amateur swings have been cropping up at various trails on Oahu.

It’s not clear who is responsible for creating the swing, but it is on land owned by the Board of Water Supply and hiking there without permission is trespassing.

“The Board of Water Supply has been aware of this for a few weeks and has been working on options to remove it,” the board said in a statement provided to KHON-TV. “In the meantime, we would like to remind people that the Haiku Stairs is closed and that people hiking up there are trespassing and can be subject to fines of up to $1,000.”

The board, which is also looking at ways to remove the stairs, called the swing “highly dangerous and irresponsible.”

Marcus Griego of 808 Caveman Hiking Group agreed.

“I’ve been told it’s a death trap. Somebody one day is going to fly off it, and snap. Guess what’s going to happen immediately,” he said.

The Honolulu Fire Department says it has performed 27 mountain rescues in the area since January 2015. Griego worries that the swing will raise the numbers.

“Word is getting out. Folks see a great picture and think they can do it,” he said.

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Information from: KHON-TV, https://khon.com


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