A 12-year-old girl's life-threatening injuries has spurred the state into action. But, it's an action many rock climbers don't agree with.
Experienced climbers say "The Wall" at Mokuleia is one of the most popular and well-developed climbing sites in the entire state.
"There's a huge community of rock climbers on this island and that's really sort of one of the main places that they play on a regular basis," said rock climber Joe Segal.
But, much like the tragedy at Sacred Falls 13 years ago that claimed the lives of eight people, this area will now be closed until further notice. Avid climbers are extremely disappointed.
Segal said, "It's kind of like surfing. It's a naturally dangerous sport, but they're not going to shut down pipeline because people get hurt."
On Tuesday, state conservation officers erected signs giving notice that "The Wall" and the trail leading to it is off-limits.
The decision comes after a 12-year-old girl with YMCA's Camp Erdman was struck in the head by a 25 pound rock. It happened as a group of 12 to 15 kids were getting briefed by chaperones at the base of the cliff.
"I think it's just a bad accident," said hiker Jocko Rutkowski. "I don't think there's any fault. You know they were giving safety instructions when it happened and she didn't have a helmet on."
The state's decision to close "The Wall" could be appealed.
With the closure of "The Wall," climbers may now go elsewhere.
Segal said, "People are going to try to find other walls to climb and maybe there hasn't been as much work done to those walls to make them safe."
Anyone violating this new ban can be fined up to a $1,000.
Many in the rock climbing community say their prayers are with the young girl and her family.