Today people use the steps for exercise or a path to and from the beach. During prohibition they were used by "rumrunners" to bring alcohol ashore. They would run the illicit spirits up the steps, supplying the speakeasy at Mori Inn and Restaurant which burned down in 1965. In the 1920s federal agents ransacked the property owned by the Mori family and confiscated 24,000 cases of whiskey. The history goes back further with rocks and marine fossils revealing that tectonic plates had moved volcanoes to this area between 130 and 80 million years ago. The heart-pumping hike back to the top is invigorating and you'll be rewarded with a great view of the ocean.