Hawaii’s Big Island Visitors Bureau has launched a sustainable travel section on their Web site. Perhaps the term sustainable travel is a new one for you. I like how the Big Island Visitor’s Bureau defines it.
On Hawaii Island, as elsewhere, sustainable tourism today means:
- Minimizing negative impacts on the environment
- Promoting the local culture, including heritage, history, arts, crafts, and more
- Supporting island businesses, hiring locally and buying locally
- Recycling, reusing and reducing use of limited resources
- Offering authentic experiences which sustain the environment and local people
- Preserving the geographical character of this place
The Web site has several good articles that will help visitors understand more about the complex and somewhat fragile eco-system in Hawaii. Visitors can learn how they can make choices that will promote sustainable travel. For example, visitors can support hotels, tour companies, and restaurants that have integrated eco-friendly practices. I’d also like to point out the eco-adventure volunteer page that lists some of the projects that you can support while you are on your Big Island vacation.
I do encourage visitors to Hawaii to be good stewards while they’re there. You may also like to read my article on tips for being eco-friendly on your Hawaii vacation.