The islands of Hawaii are welcoming travelers with open hearts and the spirit of aloha, along with an invitation to malama Hawaii. Simply put, malama means “to take care” — of our Earth, of one another and ourselves. Through mindful travel, you can accomplish all of those things while connecting to the community and culture.
Here are three meaningful ways to travel mindfully and leave everything even better than before.
There are many opportunities to give back across every island. From reforestation efforts and beach clean ups, to getting involved at a loi kalo (taro patch) or a loko ia (fish pond). Pacific Whale Foundation welcomes visitors to join conservation projects on Maui, from collecting marine debris to planting native gardens. Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii is dedicated to large-scale local clean up projects.
Slow down your travels.
Spend more time in a community and get acquainted with the local culture. To enrich your stay, several hotels are offering an exclusive malama Hawaii package with a curated volunteer activity — which qualifies you for a discount or a free night. For example, at Moana Surfrider, a Westin Resort & Spa, Waikiki Beach, you can help with reforestation efforts on Oahu. At The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, you and your loved ones can participate in your own beach cleanup at your leisure.
Protect yourself and others around you.
Keeping both locals and visitors safe involves a shared sense of kuleana (responsibility). We’ll help you stay on top of the latest entry requirements and on-the-ground health recommendations, as set by the official Safe Travels Hawaii program.