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Most of the established sport & trad climbing, as well as bouldering, is located on Oahu. The climbing, while limited compared to many states, is better than you think it is and just as good as any major crag anywhere else in the USA. We have enough sport and trad routes on Oahu to keep you busy for at least a few months if you're coming to visit.

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Weather station 11.6 miles from here

164 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',13],['3 Stars',50],['2 Stars',62],['1 Star',36],['Bomb',2]

Classic Climbing Routes in Hawaii

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Hawaii:
Groove Tube    V0 4     Boulder   Oahu : Waimea Bay Bouldering
Shoulders   V2 5+     Boulder   Oahu : Waimea Bay Bouldering
Dr. Hook    5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13     Sport, 1 pitch   Oahu : Mokuleia Wall
Pig Tree   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 50'   Oahu : Mokuleia Wall
Cactus Garden   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13     Sport, 1 pitch   Oahu : Mokuleia Wall
Beat the Burn   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Oahu : Mokuleia Wall
Route 9   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, TR   Oahu : Makapuu Point
Spice of Life   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Oahu : Mokuleia Wall
Dragon's Breath   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   Oahu : Mokuleia Wall
Rainy Wish    5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   Oahu : Mokuleia Wall
Face The Music   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   Oahu : Mokuleia Wall
Fusion    5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   Oahu : Mokuleia Wall
Nurse Hook    5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   Oahu : Mokuleia Wall
Blankety Blank   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   Oahu : Mokuleia Wall
Torpedoed Youth    5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   Oahu : Mokuleia Wall
Double Dragon   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13     Sport   Oahu : Mokuleia Wall
Copper Dragon   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 83'   Oahu : Mokuleia Wall
Mission Nearly Impossible   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   Oahu : Mokuleia Wall
Winnie Roast    5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   Oahu : Mokuleia Wall
Insecticide    5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   Oahu : Mokuleia Wall
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Featured Route For Hawaii
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Spice of Life 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b  Hawaii : Mokuleia Wall
Route climbs a shallow dihedral passing three cruxes. First crux is a thin hands/ off fingers crack. The seconds surmounts a small roof with good jams above. The third crux is reminiscent of the the last pitch of Swansons Arete, a super thin crack in an open book that disappears into a blank face. The whole route is well protected, albeit not by the cracks but by bolts. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Hawaii

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Climbing at Wainapanapa Beach Maui.
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Rock Climbing Photo: Bouldering island style!!!
Bouldering island style!!!

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By chad umbel
Dec 17, 2008
Looking for a local climber to give the rad local tour. I am a longtime guide and climber and I'm gonna be in Oahu for 10 tens starting the 18th. don't care what grade. I'll buy the beer and dinner.
By Luke W.
From: Prescott
Jan 22, 2009
How do I add a new area for Hawaii?
By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
Jan 22, 2009
Because someone put routes under Hawaii rather than under an area under Hawaii, that made Hawaii a crag, not and area- so the DB is out of whack.

Write the area admin and have them put a TBD area in to move the routes under, then Hawaii will become an area with sub-areas (like Islands and then crags) to be added as per your wish.

In this case, it's Andy Laakman. I've sent him a note.
By Luke W.
From: Prescott
Jan 23, 2009
sounds good, im planning a trip in march and have a couple areas scoped out. hopefully its not all choss.
By Maria
From: San Francisco
Oct 30, 2009
I'll be in Oahu next week (Nov 1-6) and looking to climb Mon, Wed, Fri.
I'm staying in Waikiki and looking for a ride to the Moke. Enjoys climbing anything up to 5.12+
Let me know if you'd like to climb together :)

Here's my trip on Skimble:
By Curt True
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Apr 13, 2010
Hey I'm headed out to Pearl city for the month of May. Anyone out there wanna climb?
By Skyler Holman
From: Orem,UT
Aug 26, 2010
any climbing in kauai??
By C Miller
Aug 26, 2010
Try these guys for some info -
By chad umbel
Jul 14, 2011
Headed in on July 21st and will be in town until the 1st of August. Anyone wanting to get out contact me at and I'll get back to u asap. Cheers.
By erin rabe
Jan 16, 2012

I am from out of town and will be looking to get some climbing in during my visit. I will be on Oahu an available from 1/23-1/25.

Please let me know if anyone would be interested in climbing.

By Ben Lillibridge
Oct 13, 2014
Hey guys,

I notice that the Big Island has a lot less development than some of the other islands. Can someone let me know if that is just because no one is posting about it or due to lack of rock? I'm considering moving there but the decision rests heavily upon me being able to dance on rocks. I don't need to know specifics, I just need to know if the potential is there. Thanks!
By 20 kN
From: Hawaii
Oct 14, 2014
There is no development there mostly due to a lack of rock. If you are a serious climber, the Big Island is not the place for you.
By Clos
From: newhall
Oct 30, 2014
So is there any climbing on maui?? ill be going for 2weeks and wold really enjoy some time on the rocks. any help would be great, ill buy the beer and dinner, lunch, what ever. Thank you in advance.
By 20 kN
From: Hawaii
Nov 27, 2014
Little to none. Oahu hosts over 95% of established roped climbs.
By David Maximilian
2 days ago
Hi, my name is David and I from Austria. I'm staying on maui for November and most of December, I'd love to meet some local climbers here and go climbing indoors and outdoors. Would be great to make some friends here. I'm staying in kanapali. Cheers, david. Contact: or (917) 294-0601

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