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.
ART SHOW ALERT!
Art with a purpose of uplifting our communities, Hawaiʻi and our local artists!
Head down to Patagonia Honolulu to learn about these incredible pieces and to learn about @kanakaclimbers.
535 WARD AVE,
HONOLULU, HI 96814
Art will be displayed at Patagonia Honolulu from November 27th- December 10th, 2022
(DURING STORE HOURS)
25+ LOCAL ARTISTS; PHOTOGRAPHERS, PAINTERS, DIGITAL ARTISTS, FLORAL DESIGNERS, SCULPTORS
Kānaka Climbers in partnership with @PatagoniaHonolulu will be hosting our second annual art exhibition and silent auction.
SAVE THE DATE: Dec. 10th will be our final night. Mark it in your calendars! Cause it’s gonna be the place to be….
The art will be posted to instagram for the online auction that will end during the event, again stay tuned for more details coming soon.
All proceeds will go towards Kanaka Climber’s efforts to provide increased access to climbing opportunities to local youth, fund cleanups at cultural sites, scholarship programs and continue educational programming to better inform the outdoor community about ethical and culturally responsive recreation.
O'AHU GYM EVENTS
*Schedule events are subject to change, for most current schedule of events follow us on instagram
Need financial assistance please let us know, we got you covered!
Kānaka Climbers and our KC Climbing Club Program is committed to promoting diversity in all facets of climbing. That’s why we want to facilitate a community based and free space for individuals from our Kānaka 'Ōiwi and BIPOC communities, first-time climbers, and those that do not have the means to afford admission and rentals.
Our gym based educational nights are aimed at helping connect Kānaka and the Hawai’i climbing community (including current, new, and first-time climbers) to access our incredible sport and gain more understanding of Hawaiian culture.
Moʻolelo Matters at @volcanicrockgym
every 2nd Saturday of the month @6:30pm.
Mo'olelo Matters Nights are connecting the lāhui to the Hawai'i climbing community, while working to educate climbers on Hawaiian areas and values.
Come talk story with us and climb!
VRG and Kānaka Climbers are committed to lowering the threshold to climbing so the event is free and private to facilitate deeper conversations and foster the climbing community.
Sign the VRG Waiver and RSVP through the mind body app or at the front desk.
Kānaka Night at @hiclimbhawaii
every 3rd Saturday of the month @7pm.
The purpose is to Talk Story about the history of climbing in Hawai'i and the many traditions passed down from generation to generation surrounding climbing. We will also have a chance to update you on projects and answer any questions about today’s outdoor climbing, how to do it respectfully, land laws and access issues. And of course have time to climb!
Sign the HiClimb Waiver and RSVP through the mind body app or at the front desk.
DM @kanakaclimbers for financial assistance
ACCESS FUND CLIMBING CONSERVATION GRANT PROGRAM
MAHALO FOR YOUR SUPPORT! WE RECEIVED THE GRANT!!!!
Mahalo for your support!
We received the Access Fund Grant for our climbing pilot program/partnership with the state parks!
Kānaka Climbers was awarded funding to help conduct an archaeological inventory to determine the location of cultural resources and maintain and mitigate damages to those cultural sites near climbing areas. The hope is to create a better relationship with the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), state land managers, and the local community.
Climbing is still not a recognized and fully legal sport in all areas of Hawaiʻi. Our Pilot program within the Town Boulders space is our chance for the climbing community to work with the state of Hawaiʻi to create a climbing management plan. Our management plans are aimed at protecting and preserving cultural resources such as historical trails, petroglyphs and agricultural dry stacked walls while opening access to boulders that are deemed appropriate for climbing. The goal is to assist with a plan for responsible recreation while protecting the cultural resources within the State Park.
Have you filled out the DLNR/State Parks Volunteer Waiver?