At this stage, the company is run out of my home, which is rented property and I am not in a position to make any structural changes. Customers do not visit the location, as we pick them up from their residence or meeting point.
We do often swim in pools and streams while on tour. However, we do not swim in streams that are known to provide fresh water downstream (such as Hanawi falls), we provide reef-safe sunscreen and DEET-free insect repellent to guests if they request it and recommend they apply it as we start the tour, or after we swim, as opposed to just before.Eco friendly detergent is used to clean the vehicle's floor mats.
Available on board the tour vehicle, guests can find a binder with a number of short, informational and visual articles about a number of topics that may come up during tours, as well as maps of the Moku & ahupua'a and all the hand outs from the Maui Mauka conservation trainings. Topics include the Meaning of Aloha, Olowalu massacre, the history of Ma'alaea harbor, information about the sole specie of snake found in Hawai'i, the Pali tunnel, the Jodo Mission in Lahaina, Charles Lindbergh, the legend of Maui snaring the sun, etc. (attached as an example is the article on Charles Lindbergh)
A small plastic tote is also in the vehicle at all times, with reference books such as the birds of Hawai'i, trail-side plants, weird facts for kids, reef fish, geology, etc.
For the start of the company’s activity, we will purchase plastic water bottles in bulk for guests to use, and recycle empty bottles by returning them to a Redemption and Recycling center.
As soon as the company reaches profitability, we will invest in reusable stainless steel bottles and fill them with filtered water. Guests will be able to purchase their own at the end of the tour. We are hoping to make this investment mid 2018.
Our tour vehicle achieves 105 passenger miles per gallon. However, we do offset approximately double the carbon emissions generated by all tours by sponsoring one tree planting per tour.