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 stah2020.eventbrite.com.