Meaningful, mindful, and regenerative travel is the new kind of sustainable tourism for those visiting Hawaiʻi. It’s the art of being present, immersed, and positively impacting wherever you go.
Oahu welcomes tourists to mālama Hawaiʻi, an initiative program to encourage tourists to give back to nature and leave the islands better.
Through the Mālama Hawaiʻi Program, you could also get a free hotel night or special discounts in return.
The Mālama Hawaiʻi Program
Mālama Hawaiʻi is a statewide program led by the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB.) Participating hotels on each island collaborate with local non-profit organizations to encourage you to partake in some activities to give back to nature.
These include beach clean-up, tree planting, harvesting, minimizing single-use plastics, collecting seeds, removing invasive crop species, and more.
Companies like Kualoa Ranch in Oahu, Lydgate Farms, Surfrider Foundation, and Mokio Preserve offer educational experiences where you participate in community activities.
For example, you might participate in thatching traditional Hawaiʻian grass huts, planting and harvesting Karo, a staple of the traditional Hawaiian diet, or taking unforgettable chocolate farm tours.
Why Try the Mālama Hawaiʻi Program
What makes Hawaiʻi unique isn’t the stunning natural beauty, 137 islands, or vibrant culture; it’s the deeply rooted relationship that connects our islands.
Every time you mālama, the relationship between people and our island strengthens. Besides the unforgettable experiences on the island, you can get a 20% off your stay at The Kahala Hotel & Resort in Oahu.
If you visit other islands, you can get a free fourth night at Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay, a stunning beachfront hotel, or a $250 resort credit and a free night voucher at Four Seasons Resort in Maui at Wailea.
Redeem a Mālama Hawaiʻi Promotion
If you’re looking for places to stay in Waikiki, you might as well take advantage of mālama packages that you can access on individual hotel websites or by calling hotel front desks.
Some volunteer activities, like beach cleaning, are self-guided, but non-profit organizations lead others. The activities are fun, and you get to interact with people and receive free offers for your participation.