"Strive to reach the highest"

- Motto of Queen Kapi’olani

taking hawaii on a higher road

since 1999

Starting off as a simple climbing shop staffed by knowledgeable climbers, Climb Aloha began simply as a means to fund future and existing climbing routes  in Hawaii. Since our humble beginnings, Climb Aloha has funded the fabrication and purchase of thousands of dollars worth of bolts and hardware for Hawaii's climbing routes as well as on Guam.  Using the money YOU spend here at the shop, we continue to maintain and establish routes in Hawaii using the best materials including titanium bolts, rings, and links.  Mahalo for helping us continue this important mission!

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515 Ward Ave.

Honolulu, HI 96814



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aloha spirit



We use the profits from the shop to buy titanium bolts, steel chains, and quicklinks to put up at the routes on the island. We feel like climbing embodies the spirit of aloha, and our business should too. After you’ve spend some quality time on the Islands, you’ll learn that one of the most basic concepts of Hawaiian culture is ‘Aloha,’ roughly translated as sharing. Sharing pervades every aspect of life in Hawaii –whether it be land, food, or surf. Climb Aloha was named with the desire to embody and convey this philosophy of sharing.

Our staff have been working hard to keep public land accessible in Hawaii. Keeping trails maintained is just part of the battle. After 2.5 years of lobbying and working with legislators, Climb Aloha was able to get public access back to the Mokuleia Crag. We’ll need continued public pressure to open other cherished spots around the islands. Make sure to check out our partners The Access Fund and 808 Cleanups to see how you can help. We also offer discounts to organizations doing conservation work.

We are the first organization on the islands to provide certified Rope Access, Fall Arrest, and Fall Restraint classes and certification. We take pride in the fact that all our recreational climbing classes are indeed that – classes. We want to share our knowledge with you. Feel free to stop by the shop just to chat about our climbing areas. We would love to give you the beta on the climbs, gear, or where to nab the best poke.

29 Routes retrobolted

We replaced old bolts on 29 routes at the Mokuleia Main Wall.

Climb Aloha reinvests a portion of its profits back into the community, making rock climbing accessible for everyone on the island.


With a degree in marketing and another in entomology, Mike decided to both become an entomologist and later found Climb Aloha in 1999.  An accomplished climber and community access leader, Mike has been taking care of Oahu's climbing areas since the mid-1990s. His current big project is growing Climb Aloha's training program and teaching his 4 sons to climb and love the outdoors. 



A local boy, Rob joined the team in 2015 and brings extensive experience canyoneering in Hawaii and a love of climbing and teaching the sport to adults and children. 


Rob enjoys photograhy and fixing things in his spare time.


Originally from San Diego, California, Paul relocated to the islands in 1992 and joined the Climb Aloha team in 2016.  Paul enjoys the problem solving element of climbing and is particularly passionate about teaching rope skills.


In his spare time,  Paul can be found searching out surf on the south shore. 


Mike Richardson


Paul florendo

Joe Candari


Work-at-Height / Fall Protection Lead Trainer, Rope Access Technician, Recreational Climbing Instructor

Shop Manager, Work-at-Height / Fall Protection Trainer, Rope Access Technician, Recreational Climbing Instructor

Shop Co-Manager, Work-at-Height / Fall Protection Trainer, Rope Access Technician, Recreational Climbing Instructor

Work-at-Height / Fall Protection Trainer, Rope Access Technician, Recreational Climbing Instructor