All rubbish or ʻōpala that is produced from guests and companies snack and drink amenities are brought back down the mountain in sealed containers for proper disposal and or recycling below. Guest stay in and on designated trails and areas. This limits the impact and footprint on the area.
The historic and authentic interpretation, of Waipiʻo, its significance and importance as a sacred Wahi Pana (celebrated place in time and history), the headwaters of Hiʻilawe Falls, the environmental challenges that theses places face in the modern world is a matter of extensive discussion through allotted times at each stop. Endemic flora and fauna are identified and interpreted. Guests are made aware of their fragile environment and eco systems and of their current conditions due to the invasion of invasive flora and fauna.
There are designated areas where native plants are planted and maintained which are incorporated in the daily guest interpretative presentations.
Hawaiian cultural practices, protocols, ethics and values are inculcated into our business philosophy, practices and operations throughout and training is ongoing. Most of our guides are locally born and raised. Guides are encouraged to incorporate their own family stories, genealogy, sense of place and empathy for the area to guests. This gives guests a uniquely Hawaiian educational experience. Hawaiian cultural values and practices are incorporated in the company’s ethics and standards of daily operations. They are conveyed and taught to employees and stressed to guests. They and are: Aloha ʻ ina, love and respect of the land, Kūlena, responsibility and stewardship of cultural sensitive and religious Hawaiian significant areas or places. Mālama ʻāina, to care for the natural resources. ʻOhana, close family kinship and perspectives of care, unity, respect and love for one another. Kinaʻole doing the right thing, at the right time, the firs time. These values have been and are critical to the Hawaiʻi and its people for centuries.
We offer significant cultural, spiritual and hand crafted practices on specialty tours where more time is allotted or on private tours which are tailored to guest specifications. This includes hula kahiko and hula ʻauana (ancient and modern hula) Oli or chanting, hana noʻeau or hand crafts at our lookouts overlooking the Valley. A side from our own in-house cultural practitioner we can contract other Hawaiian cultural experts in various fields and practices for specialty tours as requested. We have also incorporate traditional offering ceremonies or Hoʻokupu to the areas on occ, which allows guest to experience Hawaiian spiritually.
Additional information about practices in this section: RTR employs an accredited Hawaiian Studies Major Graduate from the University Of Hawaiʻi at Hilo and who is also a kumu hula and a Native Hawaiian practitioner. RTR implements in-house cultural training programs yearly and trains new employee in cultural significance, importance, history, flora and fauna of endemic species found in the area.