Target: Senator Mazie Hirono and Senator Brian Schatz
Goal: Permit rock climbers to use recreational land in Hawaii.
Despite decades of safe climbing, Hawaiian citizens have lost their right to engage in recreational rock climbing throughout the state. A single injury prompted the Department of Land and Natural Resources to close climbing areas because it claims to be insufficiently protected from liability.
Climbing has been an integral part of Hawaiian culture for decades, and residents have always had the opportunity to actively enjoy the beautiful region’s land and sea. From Waimea Bay’s bouldering to the 85-foot Mokuleia wall, Hawaii boasts amazing routes amidst breathtaking scenery. Mountaineers from around the world travel to Hawaii to climb. Professionals have commended Hawaii’s climbing community for being conscientious of the land, taking personal responsibility, and being committed to stewardship.
A bill currently pending in the Senate will provide the state with liability mitigation to enable residents to reclaim their right to recreational land use. The bill makes people responsible for their own decisions and actions, which is essential to climbing.
It is not reasonable to force liability on the state of Hawaii when personal risk-taking decisions are involved. If passed, the bill will have a dual benefit of protecting the State while also giving climbers back their rights. Sign the below petition to urge the Senate to vote in favor of Hawaii’s bill permitting rock climbing throughout the state.[gravityform id=1 name=Signthe Petition: ajax=false]
Dear Senator Hirono and Senator Schatz,
The state of Hawaii provides some of the most beautiful and challenging rock climbing opportunities anywhere in the world. For decades, mountaineers have been exercising their right to recreational land use and climbing to the summit Hawaii’s peaks. The climbing community acknowledges that everyone must assume a high degree of personal risk. However, land closures are not the answer.
I am urging you to support Hawaii’s bill to allow rock climbing to commence in designated areas of Hawaii. Because we understand the state’s liability concerns, we are confident that this bill will prevent undue liability lawsuits while also allowing climbers to enjoy Hawaii’s amazing landscape.
[Your Name Here]
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