Ever since Rod and Tanya had told us about Stairway to Heaven, I wanted to do it. It's illegal, sketchy, and strenuous, and on top of it all you have to get there before the security guard so we arrived to the trailhead at about 4 am. There are parts that go straight up as if you are climbing a ladder, parts with sheer cliffs on either side of you. It was frightening and honestly at the beginning I didn't know if I was going to be able to physically or mentally handle it, but glad we did. It was our favorite part about the trip. Hawaii's mountains are truly majestic.
Ps. The pictures don't do it justice, and we all look pretty gross, it was at 4 am mind you.