Without SB1168, numerous recreational lands in Hawaii will remain closed to mountain climbing, rock climbing, rappelling and bouldering. After 23 years of safe rock climbing, the DLNR (Dept. of Land & Natural Resources) acted to close a number of lands because of a single injury. The DLNR claims that it is insufficiently protected from liability, and therefore the only way to shield itself from liability is through land closures. This bill will provide the State with the liability mitigation needed to enable Hawaii residents and visitors to exercise their right to use recreational lands for recreational functions, such as rock climbing.
The State designed this bill to coincide with, but not replace, Act 82. Act 82 is a tort liability provision that provides limited liability protection to the State for dangerous natural conditions. However, Act 82 does not provide sufficient liability protection for rock climbing because rock climbing involves both natural and synthetic dangerous conditions. For example, if a rock climber were to dislodge a rock onto a spectator, the climber-induced falling rock would not qualify as a natural danger, and therefore Act 82 would not protect the State for the incident. The State specifically designed SB1168 to provide the protection the State requires for the synthetic dangerous conditions involved in rock climbing.
In addition to the signatures provided by this petition, Hawaii’s rock climbers have gathered an additional 1,700 signatures from throughout the world in support of increased liability protection.
Please show your support and sign the petition below, then pass it on.
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Lovena Harwood - Hawaii Girl