Hawaii Climbing Bans Spread

As previously reported, both Mokuleia Wall (aka Moke) and Makapuu on Oahu remain closed due to liability concerns after a girl was critically injured at Moke in June 2012. Initially, the closures were thought to be limited to these two crags. Unfortunately, in December four climbers were ticketed for climbing at a northshore area clearly distinct from the Moke, and the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) who manage these areas asserted that climbing is banned on all DLNR managed lands.

Despite months of efforts by the local climbing community and Access Fund to provide options for helping manage liability concerns, DLNR refuses to even consider allowing climbing until legislation is passed that provides immunity to the State for such activities. Local climbers immediately began contacting State representatives and the Governor’s office seeking support for legislation that will provide immunity for the State and hopefully lift the current climbing ban.

The Access Fund is working closely with locals to provide model immunity legislation, legal assistance, and climbing management expertise. The Governor’s office submitted a bill on behalf of DLNR that focuses on climbing specifically and State Representatives have submitted several bills with a broader focus. The main opposition to the bills will likely come from Hawaii trial lawyers, but the locals are rallying support.For more information check out Climb Aloha on Facebook.


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