Sustainable Tourism-Travel with a Purpose

Great Sustainable Travel Practices- You can make a difference!

Packing- Here are some helpful sustainable hints for packing for your Hawaiian experience:

  • Packing with the environment in mind may help you reduce the number of bags you’ll have to take on your trip.  This helps to eliminate waste when you arrive on the islands and reduces carbon dioxide emissions due to excess weight on the plane.
  • Remove packaging materials from any new items you purchased for your trip and recycle those items before you depart.    
  • Include a reusable cloth shopping bag to reduce the use of plastic or paper bags.
  • Bring your own refillable bottle of water to reduce the use of disposable plastic bottles. 
  • Bring reusable batteries and a charger.
  •  Download as much as possible to eliminate excess paper for your travel.  
  •  Pack natural, non toxic products. 
  • Pack a LED nightlight for your hotel room. 
  • Pack lightly.

Flying- Do you know that even while flying you can employ sustainable practices to help the environment?

  • Fly economy class- more people per plane means fewer emissions per person. 
  • Avoid using items on the plane that draw current, i.e. lights, power plugs, etc.  These draw power from the plane, utilizing more jet fuel.  
  • Closing your window shade reduces the amount of energy necessary to cool the plane.

Renting a Car- Making a difference

  • Renting the smallest car you can find helps save fuel.
  • Take public transportation whenever possible.
  • Walk whenever possible- this is the best sustainable practice you can utilize. 
  • Rent a Bio-Beetle on Maui-  We have found a great rental company that offers Volkswagen Beetles that are fueled with biodiesel made from recycled vegetable cooking oils.  For information:

Hotel stays- Sustainable practices while staying at your hotel

  • Keep, hang, and reuse your towels rather than having them washed every day.  
  • Save on housekeeping- use your “do not disturb” sign or tell housekeeping you are only require housekeeping service on designated days during your stay.   
  • Turn off the air conditioner when you leave the room.
  • Turn off all lights in your room when you leave.
  • Take a LED nightlight to use rather than leaving lights on in your room.
  • Take shorter showers to save water. 
  • Ensure doors to lanais are always closed so as not to waste cooler air from the air conditioning.
  • Always remember to recycle cans, bottles, and plastics at your hotel.

Dining out- Eat Fresh

  • Eat fresh, locally-grown food.
  • Eat sustainable seafood products.
  • Minimize packaging and plastic cutlery on take-out orders- just simply ask them not to include these products

Other helpful tips:

  • Use bio-degradable reef-save sunscreen.  
  • Don’t walk or stand on coral.
  • Watch wildlife only- do not feed, touch, harm, or harass any sea life or wildlife at any time.   Hawaii is home to the most endangered and threatened species on the planet and many are protected. For example, it is illegal and against Federal Law to touch or feed a Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle.  Just admire-but please do not hinder any creature in any way. 
  • Turn out lights- please turn off lights along shorelines to avoid confusing birds and sea turtles.  
  • Take pictures only-  please do not take rocks, shells or plants. Respect Hawaii by leaving everything intact.
  • Tag and release sports fishing- If you go fishing, please respect the boat captain’s decision to tag and release catches to help preserve various species of fish.  
  • Utilize guide services- consider taking organized excursions.  
  • Hiking- be careful not to trample plants or disturb historical features. 

Travel with a purpose-Mahalo!


Hawaii Guide's Vision for Sustainable Tourism

Our vision for tourism:

Hawaii is unlike any other place on the planet; its beauty, culture, weather, and ecosystems make it the epitome of paradise. However, there are many other reasons why Hawaii is so unique. Sadly, it has the highest number of endangered and threatened native plant and animal species anywhere on Earth. Hawaii also has the worst invasive species issue in the United States. This is why Hawaii Guide has made the conscious decision to give back to sustainable tourism. Sustainable tourism is a means of protecting, improving, and conserving the environmental resources for the future of the beautiful islands of Hawaii. We feel it is our moral obligation to give back and do our part to protect this amazing place.

The mission of our organization is to provide you with information and tools you can utilize to have the best Hawaiian experience possible. But with over seven million tourists a year, Hawaii’s ecology is strained. For thousands of years, Native Hawaiians have been practicing sustainability; we need to follow their lead in order to continue to provide you with a true Hawaiian experience.

Since 2002, we’ve promoted and helped book with providers that represent responsible and sustainable tourism within Hawaii. To help aid in this objective, we will sponsor up to 20% of all profits directly back to the Nature Conservancy. We want you to travel with a purpose- your purpose as well as ours: to protect the waters, wildlife, and land of Hawaii for years to come.

The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy's mission within Hawaii is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. The Conservancy works to conserve the native forests and reefs that sustain our environment, economy, and health.  They  take a practical, collaborative, science-based approach to protecting forests and reefs for nature and people, both current and future generations. The water captured by healthy native forests and the fish produced by healthy reefs are fundamental to life in Hawaii.

Supporting Sustainable Tourism

We recognize that we are each truly blessed to be here, to exist in a pono (virtuous) way, and to serve both the visitors of this website and the Hawaiian community we represent. Our sincerest 'Mahalo' for your support!

Reef Safe Sunscreen

Hawaii Guide is proud to be one of the pioneers in supporting the use of reef safe sunscreen lotion. Reef safe sunscreen helps to preserve the delicate coral reefs that surround the islands. To assist in this objective, each of our booking customers receives a complimentary bottle of reef safe sunscreen along with related and informative literature.

John Derrick
Published on: 04-03-2017
Published by: John C. Derrick

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