The Haiku Stairs, often called the Stairway to Heaven, is one of the most highly sought after hikes in the world- and it’s illegal to do. The stairs were installed by the U.S. Navy in 1942 to provide communication between other areas of O’ahu as well as submerged submarines as far as Tokyo Bay. In the 1950s the Navy base was decommissioned and the U.S. Coast Guard used the site for an Omega Navigation System station. It was later completely abandoned and in 1987, after numerous deaths, the trail was closed and a guard was stationed at its base.
Today people continue to get arrested attempting to hike the 3,922 steps, even as recent as the morning of the performance. The security guard on duty often stops people from going up and has had to deal with deaths even as recent as 2015. The performer, a Dutch photographer named Dick Bogers on a trip around the world, paused his hike to hold a h both for Holland and the Haiku Stairs. It took both Bogers and the videographer over 2 hours to reach the location to do the performance. Moments later he continued his lone hike to the top, GoPro attached to his head and his backpack full of water and photography equipment.
Location: Haiku Stairs
United StatesPerformed in: 2015