About Kānaka Climbers

Culturally & Historically Significant Information for Hawai'i Hikers & Climbers

We are a Native Hawaiian led non-profit organization that aims to encourage a more responsible and ethical outdoor recreational community in Hawaiʻi. We focus on providing vital, culture based education surrounding hiking and climbing. We work with Cultural Practitioners, Allies who are experienced in Archaeology, Botany, History, and Locals. We hope to provide knowledge and guidance that will help people form a connection with the ʻāina (land) and in turn become better stewards. We actively engage in conversations with Kānaka (Native Hawaiian), Native Hawaiian Organizations and Locals within different recreational areas to assist in voicing and supporting area specific concerns, which often involve the protection and preservation of sacred spaces. 

10.4 Million

Visitors a year 


Sacred Sites


Threatened and Endangered Species

1 Goal

To advise and educate on culturally appropriate and respectful ethics in the Hawaiian areas. 



AUGUST 21st, 2021 (Global Climbing Day) - SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2021 

Be apart of the solution.

Join us for a virtual clean up comp and win cool prizes.

Time to hit your local spots for a socially distanced clean up competition! We’ve teamed up with a collection of epic companies to give away tons of climbing gear! The competition will start on Saturday August 21st (GLOBAL CLIMBING DAY) and continue through September 30th, 2021. For every bag of rubbish you can earn one point towards our prizes. 

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This year, Access Fund will award up to $60,000 in grant money through two rounds to local climbing communities with worthy projects that preserve or enhance climbing access. Access Fund’s Climbing Conservation Grant Program is an example of your membership dollars at work in local climbing communities across the country. We are asking members and supporters to review qualifying grant projects and rate them, providing valuable input to our grant selection committee as to which projects you want to support.

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Head over to our Media Page for :

Radio Interviews, Panel Discussions Articles 

with us! 

Our Resources


Hawaiian Culture & Historical Resources 

Hawaiʻi Hiking & Climbing Resources

Clean Upʻs &

Site Protection

The Hawaiian Kingdom

The Hawaiian Kingdom originated in 1795, when Kamehameha the Great united the Islands under one government. Between 1843 and 1885, The Hawaiian Kingdom’s national independence was recognized by 16 world nations.  International treaty relationships were signed with countries such as Austria-Hungary, Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Sweden and Norway, the Swiss Confederation, and the United States of America. 

The overthrow of The Hawaiian Kingdom began in 1893 with a coup against our Queen Liliʻuokalani by missionary descendants and foreign plantation owners. Hawaiʻi has since been illegally occupied. Even The United Nations acknowledges the occupation of the Hawaiian Kingdom.

 The first step in treating a space with respect is to acknowledge the indigenous people of the land. Take time to understand how the indigenous community is treated within that space at a government level, learn about how the environment is looked at through indigenous eyes. 


"As hikers, climbers, and outdoors enthusiasts, we love that access to America's Public Lands allows us to pursue these activities, but for non-Native people, it is too easy to forget that these public lands were created through the violent dispossession of millions of indigenous people - the system is designed to make us forget. As long as we continue to accept indigenous erasure as the status quo, we continue to be complicit in the ongoing colonial project in the United States."


Geotagging & Access

Geotagging isn’t something that Hawaiians (kānaka) or locals encourage.  Our landscapes are full of ENDEMIC and ENDANGERED flora and fauna, and culturally sensitive areas. Our islands and various hiking locations are under an immense physical pressure from overuse. 


Again, please do not share geo-tags, GPS coordinates, or locations of climbing or hiking in areas that are culturally or environmentally sensitive (or illegal) as this can attract unwanted attention to these unmanaged sites. If you haven't taken the time to learn about the area, we don't recommend going. 


Access concerns: Every climbing location in Hawai’i is access sensitive. Please do not post directions or geotag photos. This website does not give you permission to access any lands, either public or private. Recreate responsibly and enter at your own risk, and remember YOU represent the entire outdoor community. If a member of the general public or state agency asks you to leave, it is best to go. 

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