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Hikers safe after weather closes in on Haiku stairs

A group of hikers that called for help after getting stuck at the top of the Stairway to Heaven trail this morning wound up hiking down the stairs on their own later in the day, a Honolulu Fire Department spokesman said. 

A rescue crew responded to an 11 a.m. call for help, and HFD decided to suspend the mission around noon until the weather cleared up, Capt. James Todd said. 

Todd said it appeared the hikers went up the stairs early in the morning with plans to continue hiking along the Moanalua Saddle trail to Moanalua Valley, but they couldn’t traverse the trail because of the weather. 

They made it out on their own sometime between noon and about 3 p.m., he said. 

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