TRAVEL PONO TIPS
To “Travel Pono” is to travel consciously and to explore Hawaiʻi in a manner that is respectful of Native Hawaiian culture, wildlife, environment, and local residents. Our Travel Pono campaign provides guidance on how to practice responsible travel while enjoying our island home.
10 TRAVEL PONO TIP DETAILS
1. GIVE ALOHA, GET ALOHA
Smile! Spread kindness and practice patience wherever you go.
2. RESPECT KAPU (OFF LIMITS)
Stay on marked trails and away from private property, wahi pana (sacred places) and local neighborhoods.
3.TREAD LIGHTLY ON THE ’ĀINA (LAND) AND PROTECT CULTURAL SITES
Keep natural elements such as plants, animals, rocks, shells, coral, and sand as you find them (removing trash is encouraged, of course).
4. ADVENTURE WITH CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE TOUR OPERATORS
Look for our Certification Seal and book your Hawai′i adventures with these Certified Sustainable Tour Operators.
5. CHOOSE TO RE-USE
Avoid wasteful single-use plastics by bringing your own water bottle, travel mug, utensils, and tote bags. While dining out, choose Certified Ocean Friendly Restaurants.
6. BUY LOCAL
From food to souvenirs, ensure that your tourism dollars stay in Hawai’i by supporting local businesses, farmers and artisans.
7. VIEW WILDLIFE FROM A DISTANCE
Wild animals need their space to thrive. Never approach or touch wild animals in the ocean or on shore. If you notice the animal altering its behavior, you are too close.
8. FINS UP FOR CORAL
Corals are living animals and a home for sea life. Avoid touching or stepping on coral and only stand on sandy areas.
9. PRACTICE REEF SAFE SUN PROTECTION
Cover up with long sleeves/pants, hats, rashguards, and zinc-oxide sunscreen.
10. GIVE BACK
Get involved by volunteering or donating to local organizations to perpetuate our host culture and natural environment.