Big Island Speaks to the Eco Traveler Through Technology

Big Island Speaks to the Eco Traveler Through Technology

It's no secret that Hawai'i, much like the world's most beautiful and diverse ecosystems, has an incredibly fragile landscape. Factor in that we're North America's #1 travel destination, and the dilemma isn't hard to see: How do we keep our environment as pristine as possible (read: not trampled upon), yet continue to appeal to savvy travelers and their en masse arrivals?

The Big Island Visitors Bureau has taken action to address this sensitive issue, launching this week a new web site (or rather, a portal on its existing www.BigIsland.org site) entitled "Sustainable Travel on the Island of Hawai'i". The goal, according to a release put forth by the organization, is to spotlight Hawai'i Island as not only the home to such an unparalleled array of varied landscapes, but a place that eco-conscious travelers can participate in the sustainability of such environments.

The site is broken down in to 9 sections that feature headings like "Malama Kai - Care of the Ocean" and "Malama Aina - Care of the Land", as well as areas for finding out how to become an eco-adventure volunteer, where to partake in a sustainable excursion or how best to visit one of the island's World Heritage sites. A second list features tabs that promote responsible businesses throughout the island, including restaurants, hotels & resorts, inns, timeshares and activities, as well as the criteria these businesses must meet.

Finally, there is an area with recommendations to those who wish to offset their Carbon Footprint; a spot for turning your local business in to a "green" business; and a "Friends of World Heritage" section. This last area is where those who wish to promote the importance of protecting World Heritage sites through sustainable travel can learn and educate others.

After perusing the site for a while, it becomes very clear that this is an excellent resource for not only the eco-traveler, but the visitor interested in learning more about the surroundings within Hawai'i from those who are responsibly living within it. From simply locating a farmers' market, to picking a restaurant that operates for the good of the community, or going to a luau, this is a wonderful home base for all Hawai'i Island exploration.

Go to www.BigIsland.org/ecotourism to visit the site.

The site is broken down in to 9 sections, as well as areas for finding out how to become an eco-adventure volunteer, where to partake in a sustainable excursion or how best to visit one of the island's World Heritage sites.