A New Way to Travel: Mālama Hawaiʻi
How to Care for the Hawaiian Islands
Mālama Hawaiʻi has many meanings, but more than anything it is an invitation. To care for the waters that sustain us. To protect the wildlife habitats that connect us. To preserve the forests that give us balance. And to tend to the land that gives us life.
The Hawaiian language is a rich collection of stunningly beautiful words. People considering a visit to Hawaiʻi today are likely to encounter a less familiar yet beautiful Hawaiian word: mālama. It can mean to take care of, to attend to or cherish, to preserve or protect, and even to save. Mālama is a word used across Hawaiʻi in discussions about the importance of preserving and protecting the destination. Mindful travelers who decide to mālama during their Hawaiʻi stay are sure to enjoy an enriched visit by immersing themselves in authentic experiences that connect them with the place and its people.
One way to mālama Hawaiʻi is through volunteering with an organization like Hawaiʻi Land Trust to actively restore and protect lands across Hawaiʻi. In doing so, volunteers will help to protect critical native wildlife habitats, leading to the return of endangered species, while also preserving its rich archaeological and cultural resources.
Mālama Hawaiʻi: Habitat Stewardship
Volunteers leave a positive impact that lasts generations by protecting fragile habitats extending from the mountain to the ocean.