The Kaneohe Business Group hosted their final 2020 virtual meeting of this year using the ZOOM application for virtual conferences. Thank you to Vernon Ansdell and all the members who took the time to participate and learn more about the efforts on the newest Haiku Stairs proposals. Vernon discussed the rich history of the stairs since their inception in the 40’s to the current situation on the restoration and management proposals for these beautiful stairs. There were many different aspects of the new “guided tour-based proposals” covered in the presentation: who is interested, what are the details of the current RFP’s, what the neighborhood’s responses are, and much more!
Vernon Ansdell, MD FRCP DTM&H – Friends of Haiku Stairs
Associate Clinical Professor -Department of Tropical Medicine, Clinical Microbiology and Pharmacology, John A Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii.
Dr Vernon Ansdell was born and raised in England. After completing medical school, he specialized in internal medicine and tropical medicine. He came to Hawaii 40 years ago and has lived in Kaneohe ever since Vernon first climbed Haiku Stairs in 1986, while it was still run by the Coast Guard and long before the renovations in 2002. After that first climb, he developed a passion for the Stairs and has been involved with Friends of Haiku Stairs for many years. He has been President of the organization for the past 5 years. Now semi-retired from medical practice, Vernon has a special interest in Rat lungworm Disease. He is Chair of the Clinical Subcommittee of the Governor’s Task Force on Rat Lung worm Disease, working on developing guidelines for diagnosis and treatment.