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Sport of Climbing Continues to Rise in Hawai‘i

Climbing has gained popularity in Hawai‘i and around the world in recent years, culminating in the sport’s debut at the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics. 

Check out what Skye from Kānaka Climbers and Mike Richardson from Hawaiʻi Climbing Coalition have to say about the rise of climbing in Hawaii. Did you know KC helped names the walls at HiClimb? 

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CIVILBEAT

Recently Skye, our Executive Director got to spend some time climbing with Kehaulani Watson. We spoke about traditional climbing practices and ways it can be used today to reconnect and connect people with spaces. Climbing is a traditional and necessary skill for cultural practitioners. Skye and our Non-Profit @kanakaclimbers work to help the state and public understand public access can be done respectfully and can aid in the fight against over development here in Hawai’i. This can be done when the Hawaiian community has a seat at the table for creating access protocols. Check out Kehaulani’s Civil Beat article to see what was her take away from our climbing session. 

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Climbing Magazine

The Spirit of Aloha:
Piloting Responsible Access In Hawaiʻi

Razon-Olds makes it clear that she doesn’t blame climbers for what happened last year in Kapena Falls. “Honestly, if an archaeologist hadn’t pointed them out nobody would have seen them,” she says. Still, as a climber and Native Hawaiian she feels extra responsibility for protecting a cultural legacy that is under constant threat and advocating for responsible access for a sport she loves. “I truly believe that the climbing and hiking community overlaps in so many ways with Native perspectives when it comes to environmental care,” she says. “It makes too much sense for them to work together because we intersect so often.”

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Climbing Magazine Article Feature:

In Honolulu, Conch-Shell Horn Signals

Gym Opening Like None Other.

HiClimb in Hawai'i Honors History Beneath

and Around Its Walls

Kānaka Climbers was able to help name climbing walls at HiClimb to encourage conversation and inclusion of the Native Hawaiian Community.

Access Fund:

Climbing on Sacred Lands

Join Skye and other panelists for a discussion on understanding and respecting Indigenous culture.

 

Password: SacredLand2021

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THE GUARDIAN ARTICLE  

Defaced petroglyphs force rock climbers to reckon with sportʻs destructive past. Climbers still fail to recognize sport depends on stolen land, Indigenous observers say, after bolts drilled into cultural site. 

Interview with Skye and Angelo Baca

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The Conversation:

Kānaka Climbers on a Mission to Educate

CIVIL BEAT ARTICLE 

These Hawaii Residents Are Using Social Media

To Fight Overtourism.

While state and county officials seek to regulate popular tourist spots, some residents are taking matters into their own hands.

Recently, Skye did an interview with Civil Beat. About residents using geotags to deter over crowding. Here are some comments that weren’t included. Not sure why, maybe because most our thoughts are that the state should be accountable for the overcrowding in our environmentally and culturally sensitive spaces. The blame should be firmly placed on our politicians and local government. 

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