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Some council members agree to look at Haiku Stairs

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HONOLULU (AP) - An ad hoc committee of Honolulu City Council members is looking into the possibility of reopening a popular trail dubbed "Stairway to Heaven."

The city's Haiku Stairs is closed to the public but that doesn't stop hikers who climb the 2,800-foot path at night to avoid security during the day.

Hiking and environmental groups want to see stairs reopened to give hikers access to the panoramic views but neighboring residents complain trespassing visitors trash the area.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday that the council group led by Council Parks Chairman Joey Manahan agreed to the requests of the nonprofit group Friends of Haiku Stairs to look into reopening the trail.

Manahan said in a report last week he and his colleagues haven't been able to physically inspect the trail.

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