Visitors pledge to travel responsibly

PORT ALLEN — Holo Holo Charters, a 20-year-old, locally owned boat-tour company, has created a “Pono Pledge,” and is encouraging passengers to complete it before they actually set sail on their Kauai ocean adventure.

The online pledge brings more than just awareness about the importance of reducing plastics and keeping toxic sunscreens from ending up in the ocean, said Chandra Bertsch, general manager of Holo Holo Charters. Island visitors on Kauai now consciously make a promise when taking the pledge to live a “lifestyle of stewardship.”

Bertsch said Holo Holo believes their kuleana is to not only give island visitors the experiences they seek, but also to help preserve this island destination.

Holo Holo “understands the impact destination travel can have on the environment,” said a press release.

Barbara Weider, Surfrider Foundation Kauai Chapter vice chair, supports it.

“We applaud Holo Holo Charters for educating Kauai’s visitors on the importance of caring for our ocean and beautiful Kauai island,” she said.

This it the pledge:

“Our mission at Holo Holo Charters is to provide safe, unique and memorable ocean experiences while sharing the beauty, culture and history of Kauai, but we have an opportunity to do more. By educating our visitors about the topics important to our island community and environment, we hope their Kauai vacation will be more fulfilling and inspiring and will further the message of responsible tourism locally and globally.”

  1. ruthann jones March 19, 2019 3:35 pm Reply

    what alternatives are they offering instead of ‘sunscreen’? Tourists in the burn unit?

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