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.
Clean Up & Site Protection
Educational Blogs about Clean Up & Site Protection
Communities within Hawaiʻi are strongly connected to, and willing to protect, the land. That is why we as Kānaka, multigenerational locals and allies focus on doing regular small scale and larger clean ups surrounding hiking and climbing areas. Historically after the overthrow most Kānaka lost access to the land and to sacred spaces. Renewing, reviving and recognizing these sites while working to get the State of Hawaiʻi to properly protect them is pivotal to these spaces.
Below are some of our favorite Hawaiian Values:
Mālama: To take care of, preserve, protect
Kuleana: Responsibility, Privledge
Laulima: "Many hands" cooperating together and working together
Lōkahi: Unity, Harmony, Agreement
Aloha: Isn't just a Greeting or Love. Aloha is a two way street, Aloha is balance, Give before you get.
Pono: Goodness, Correct, Excellence, oral, Proper, Righteous
ʻO wai kou Makuahine?
ʻO ka ʻāina nō!
ʻO wai kou Kupunawahine?
ʻo ka ʻāina nō!
-Who is your mother? The Land
Who is your Grandmother? The Land