Regenerative tourism is topic of virtual meeting

The Sustainable Tourism Association of Hawai‘i is holding its annual halawai virtually this year on Thursday, Dec. 10, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The theme is “Tourism: Catalyzing Positive Change in Hawai‘i.”

The association invites attendees to a conversation on regenerative tourism with Anna Pollock, a leading proponent of regenerative tourism, world-renowned speaker and founder of Conscious Travel, along with leading local voices Kalani Ka‘ana‘ana and Joel Guy.

Ka‘ana‘ana is the director of Hawaiian cultural affairs and natural resources at the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, and Guy is the executive director of the Hanalei Initiative.

Regenerative tourism mirrors many Hawaiian values in its holistic, values-based approach, and combines human well-being with the well-being of the entire ecosystem, the association states.

It encourages collaboration and advocates for participatory design, allowing communities to self-determine the scale and type of tourism.

Building on the past 25 years, the association will be sharing future plans, and how together Hawai‘i will create a more sustainable and regenerative tourism industry.

“We are truly honored to have the three panelists that agreed to join us this year,” says Chris Barzman, president of the Sustainable Tourism Association of Hawai‘i.

“These three great minds will present both international and local examples of responsible tourism, and should be very insightful for those interested in finding a better path forward for Hawai‘i’s tourism sector.”

All are invited to this free event. Donations are welcomed to help further the association’s mission and develop training and resources. Register for the event at

  1. nobody December 9, 2020 7:58 am Reply

    Your Non Profit Industry at work with your taxpayer dollars.

    These people see their mission as throttling back tourism, make no doubt of that. I don’t think they see the unintended consequence of reduced tourism means reduced jobs for Kauai’s residents. I don’t think they are bad people, they just don’t see the bigger picture of how Kauai’s people feed their families. It is literally not of their concern. And taxpayers are paying them to do this.

    Maybe they can help Kauai residents relocate to Vegas, Oregon and Washington as a result of their actions.

  2. I saw a Vampire once December 9, 2020 3:34 pm Reply

    You’re looking at the local economy to sustain itself with out tourist. This is practically impossible. The only means of a sustainable economy would be to follow the state’s plan of a more progressive approach to economy. Left wing politics that would allow new business to float into our economy and flourish. This would mean new factories being open and therefore more jobs. For example, Hawai’i has no factories to make cars. Just like Michigan does. How about considering making cell phones, and TVs? You would feed your local economy and challenge international marketing on technical stuffs. This never really happened, but it would be nice to see a few people in our economy interested in the jobs. This is where the big ticket money makers are. The millionaires. If you can have smarter politicians, you can have this type of industry in Hawai’i.

  3. nobody December 10, 2020 4:35 am Reply

    BEFORE we throttle back tourism we should have a plan to implement SOMETHING else in place to support Kauai residents. Most of us that have been paying attention know that many people have made efforts to pivot the economy from tourism with some success. GMO, papayas, coffee, military, taro,

    I will listen to these people’s pivot plan. I hope they have one that works. They may not be very good at what they do. Living off donations? Really?

  4. Annie Kyne December 14, 2020 8:14 pm Reply

    Not sure why somebody would think this group that supports tourism wants to “throttle back tourism?” Most of these members are IN the tourism industry! Their education goals are “to promote a travel industry in balance with our local communities, natural surroundings, and cultural resources.” Do you think we should keep supporting tourism practices that overruns our local communities, pollute our natural surroundings, and exploit our cultural resources? Probably not. This group sounds like they want our tourism to be more SUSTAINABLE for us who live here and our land, not just for us and our land and culture to be used by mainland or international hotel marketing groups.

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