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.”
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