Never Feed Or Touch Wildlife
Both in the water and on land, please view wildlife only from afar and never feed them. Feeding wildlife makes them habituated and reliant on humans.
Getting too close or feeding wildlife can lead to attacks - and in the case of marine life, many of them have a mucous covering them which is antibacterial and touching them can remove some of this protective coating.
Leave The Environment The Way You Found It
In order for everyone to enjoy nature, we must never take anything that doesn't belong to us (including shells and sand) and tread as lightly as possible while hiking and enjoying the ocean. Even better: leave the environment better than you found it by picking up any trash you find along the way!
Stay On The Trail
In this day and age of Instagram, it's tempting to want to go off trail in order to get the perfect photo, but please remember that there are native plants and wildlife that can easily be harmed by going off trail! Staying on trails also keeps us safe as well - because you're less likely to encounter wildlife or plants that could harm you.
I know this one seems like a no-brainer, but it's important to mention. Litter, including cigarette butts, can harm wildlife if they try to eat it and cigarette butts are poisonous to the environment.
Buy locally made products rather than those that have been imported. This helps cut down on your carbon footprint because items don’t need to be shipped to the island and it helps the local economy as well!
Research Your Tour Operators
Aside from your flight to Hawaii, tours can have the biggest environmental impact when traveling. It’s important to read reviews about the tour company before you book and find out if their guides respect the environment and encourage best practices to guests. Small group tour operators tend to have less of an impact as well.
Bring A Reusable Water Bottle & Bag
I don’t think many people realize what a huge impact this can make while traveling — especially water bottles! I bring a reusable bottle with high insulation on every trip and I fill it up in the airport and at my hotel so I rarely use any plastic water bottles unless absolutely necessary (when I can’t find fresh water).
If you are traveling in Europe or North America, most tap water is safe (but do your own research!) so that’s what I drink. If the hotel has a gym, they also usually have a water filling station there, if you prefer not to drink tap water.