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Exploring Responsibly: Ecotourism in Hawaii
August 31 ,2022

When you visit Honolulu, you’ll have the chance to hear many words that are important to the history, traditions, and culture of Hawaii. You’ll be greeted with e komo mai (welcome), mahalo (thank you), and aloha. However, one of the most important words you’ll learn is mālama, which is defined as “to take care of.” All visitors to Hawaii are encouraged to mālama the land, culture, and people of this magnificent destination. As a guest of Prince Waikiki, you can get involved in this pursuit by taking advantage of our Mālama Hawaii offer. It’s a way to give back to the land that provides you with special incentives for taking care of our precious ecosystem while you’re here.

What is Mālama Hawaii?

The Mālama Hawaii Program was created by the Hawaii Tourism Authority to provide visitors with opportunities to leave the Islands in a better state than they found them. It’s all about making your mark by not leaving a trace. Hawaii gives so much to all who visit. From unforgettable memories and once-in-a-lifetime experiences to unique creative cuisine and unparalleled landscapes. It’s only fitting that we should aim to return the favor by dedicating some time to giving back.

The best part? Not only will you have a meaningful impact on the Hawaiian ecosystem and shorelines, but you’ll also receive something in return! Visitors who take advantage of Prince Waikiki’s Mālama Hawaii offer receive a fourth night for free and take home a sustainable commemorative gift. And if you’re a Prince Preferred Member, your Resort Charge will be waived.


Mālama at Prince Waikiki

Receiving your fourth night free and a sustainable commemorative gift makes it easy to commit to Mālama Hawaii at Prince Waikiki! But the experience of volunteering and knowing you are making a difference is a reward in itself. For our offer, we’ve partnered with Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii, a local nonprofit run by a small, grassroots team of dedicated staff and volunteers. Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii cares for the Hawaiian ecosystem through fun, hands-on beach cleanups.

By committing to Mālama Hawaii at Prince Waikiki, you’ll have the opportunity to do a beach cleanup with a DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Beach Cleanup Kit. By taking action, you join a team of over 34,000 passionate volunteers. Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii also offers educational programs (with over 45,000 keiki, or children, educated to date), team-building cleanups, waste diversion services, and public awareness campaigns. As a result, they’ve cleaned up over 600,000 pounds of garbage from the shores of Hawaii.

Ecotourism Opportunities in Oʻahu

Prince Waikiki is the perfect home base for your ecotourism trip, located in the heart of Honolulu, the capital and largest city in Hawaii. The island of Oʻahu is a rich and rewarding destination with endless places to explore. Give back while you’re here by checking out other opportunities to get involved in other sustainable ecotourism practices. For example, you can join a group ecotour experience to help reforest Oʻahu by planting a legacy tree with Hawaiian Legacy Tours. You can also give back by touring Loko Ea Fishpond. Here, you’ll have a chance to learn local stories, myths, and legends while caring for the land through meaningful volunteer work. Or sign up for the Mālama Experience at Kualoa Ranch, where you can learn about the importance of sustainable farming to the history of Hawaii and participate in cleaning, planting, and harvesting kalo (taro). These are just a few of the many ecotourism opportunities on this fascinating island.


Join the Mālama Movement

Are you ready to do your part to help the Hawaiian ecosystem while taking an unforgettable trip to Oʻahu? Book your Mālama Hawaii experience today. Mahalo!

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