Despite the rough weather this winter, we were thankfully met with the flattest, calmest of seas and sunshine. Our corporate sponsor, Skyline Eco-Adventures brought some eager volunteers to our sold out cleanup day, along with their donation of $1,000 to non-profit Punana Leo o Maui.
High five, its vacation time! As you begin to dream of mai tai’s on the beach and how many swimsuits to pack for Maui, we want to introduce you to a new (heartwarming) trend that’s hitting the travel industry today – Voluntourism!
Our March Blue‘Aina cleanup began with some unfortunate stormy weather that threatened to affix a raincloud over our day, but even that was no match for our volunteers’ outpouring of Aloha spirit. Sponsored by: Lehualani Center. Donation recipient: Kimokeo Foundation.
On January 7th, our 48 guests boarded Trilogy with extreme excitement for our first Blue‘Aina of 2018 - a recurring trip that has become such a crowd favorite that it sold out months in advance! Sponsored by Trilogy, their donation was made for the second year in a row to the Whale Trust Maui, a local non-profit organization. Our food for the day was graciously donated by CJ’s Deli & Diner.
The Hawaii Ecotourism Association (HEA) has named Trilogy Excursions its 2017 Tour Operator of the year and Trilogy’s Conservation and Education Director and First Mate, Magen Schifiliti, the Tour Guide of the Year. Additional categories awarded are Travel Writer and Kupa‘a Ho‘aloha (HEA Volunteer). The award recipients were honored at the Annual Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, November 13th at the Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel.