Hawaiian TikToker calls out tourists allegedly on Forbidden Trail

Hawaiian TikToker calls out tourists allegedly on Forbidden Trail

  • A viral video was shared by Hawaiian TikToker of tourists climbing the Haiku Stairs on Oahu.
  • The trail is also known as the “Stairway to Heaven,”Since 1987, the facility has been closed to the public. 
  • Camille Leihulu condemned the video, and said “outsiders get to blatantly ignore laws.”

Camille Leihulu, Hawaiian TikToker, went viral after she criticised a travel TikToker who appears to have her climbing a prohibited hiking trail in Oahu. 

Leihulu She posted her reaction along with the original videoThe original video was titled “Dueting on TikTok” and featured a travel vlogger named Sofia Mcmillan with 40,000 followers. Mcmillan was pictured with her friends in the original video. The top of a hiking pathShe speculated that it was the Haiku Stairs which have been closed to the public ever since 1987.

The captions were added to the video “full circle rainbow on stairway to heaven,”Where is the trail? Also known as.

Mcmillan did no immediate respond to Insider’s request.

Leihulu replied to TikTok with 1.5 million views. She stated that she had never been up the stairs.

“I’ve never been up these stairs to see this view and I never will because I have respect for Hawaii and my homelands,”In the caption, she wrote. “Why do outsiders get to blatantly ignore laws and rules and do as they please without facing any repercussions or acknowledging the consequences that Hawaiians have to deal with as a result of their actions?”

The 3,922 steps, built in Oahu’s Ko’olau mountain range to reach the US Navy’s Haiku Radio Station on the summit in the 1940s, were used to transmit radio signals from submarines. In the past, hikers could use these stairs. However, they were made unsafe in 1987. They are considered trespassing and anyone who uses them could face a $1,000 fine according to TV news outlet Hawaii News Now

Leihulu also added that “Hawaiians and Hawaii residents pay thousands in taxes to rescue people who get stuck up there.”

In April, the Star Advertiser — Hawaii’s largest daily newspaper — reportedAfter injuring his knee, a 24-year old man had to be airlifted from the summit.

Following a September City Council meeting, Rick Blangiardi (Honolulu mayor) ordered that the stairs were removed.

“Due to rampant illegal trespassing, Haiku Stairs is a significant liability and expense for the city, and impacts the quality of life for nearby residents,” council member Esther Kiaʻāina told Hawaii News Now.

Brandon Elefante (a council member) told the outlet that the city had spent approximately $900,000. “$1 million in taxpayer dollars to remodel the stairs”As well as “hundreds of thousands of dollars in security costs.”

Insider reached out to Blangiardi’s office for comment. 

Despite warnings to the contrary, there are You can find dozens more videosTikTokers who have climbed along the Haiku Stairs. They often rack up some serious mileage. Many thousands of views

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