As the so-called Stairway to Heaven trail above Haiku is once again making headlines, I thought it might be fun to look at the namesake song that inspired its name and find some parallels with this controversial non-hiking trail and the lyrics from Led Zeppelin's monster hit of the same name from 1971.
"There's a lady who's sure all that glitters is gold, and she's buying a stairway to heaven." Well, when it comes to this stairway on the windward side, there's no lady or guy who's sure of anything, as we seem to discuss what to do with it every year. And as for buying the stairway to heaven, this one might actually be removed for millions of dollars.
"Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run, there's still time to change the road you're on." So, which road will we go on- find an accessible and safe entry point, block it off to keep the rampant trespassers out, remove it, or send it to yet another committee for more study?
"And if you listen very hard, the tune will come to you at last; when all are one and one is all, to be a rock and not to roll." Not everyone will singing from the same page on the right solution to this dilemma, but before someone gets seriously hurt, before some neighbor gets into an altercation with a 3am hiker, before someone sues, let's get this rock to roll and come up with an answer and some action on Hawaii's "Stairway To Heaven". Think about it…