Guests are educated about the uniqueness and fragility of the marine environment. We ensure that guests do not step on reef and know the proper way to "fall" so as not to injure themselves or the reef. We teach proper wildlife viewing etiquette and ensure that guests do not harass or impact wildlife during the trip. We participate in Eyes on the Reef and also report whale entanglements and monk seal sightings to NOAA. We utilize our tours to educate the public about the marine environment.
Before entering the water, we conduct a land-based briefing to give a site overview, educate guests about proper etiquette in the water and around wild life, and review safety measures. We actively take steps to protect the marine environment and ensure that neither our SUP or SUP / snorkel activities negatively impact the surrounding environment. On all our tours we promote a message of conservation and appreciation of nature.
We host annual cultural training hosted by our resident cultural advisor Iokepa Nae'ole. Each tour teaches guests basic Hawaiian principles such as malama, kuleana, pono, etc. We also pay for half the guides to attend Hawaiian language courses at UHMC.
Before each lesson or tour, guides provide an educational talk about the ocean environment, a brief cultural history and background / overview about SUP.
We provide pre-travel information about SUP spots and what to expect during the trip. We have reference materials about Hawaii's marine ecology ready and available for guests.
Iokepa Nae'ola (cultural advisor for Hawaiian Canoe Club) is our resident cultural advisor. Laura Blickley (B.S. Marine Science and M.S. Coastal Marine Resource Management) provides natural resource training. Books and training materials are readily available to guides.