BY KATHY FOLEY — As shared in last week’s “Saturday Briefing,” June is World Oceans Month, and our hosts far and wide are doing their part to support OZONE (Outrigger’s ZONE) and make the environment better for the next generation.
One such FREE event is being held Monday, June 20, at the Ala Moana Hotel on O‘ahu in conjunction with the International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS) at the Hawai‘i Convention Center June 19-24. Bitsy Kelley, vice president of corporate communications, will be speaking at 7:10 p.m. on global reef conservation through OZONE!
Read on to find out how Outrigger is making a difference!
Outrigger Guam Beach Resort — By Donna Laguana
On June 11, the Outrigger Guam Beach Resort (OGM) celebrated World Oceans Day with a fun-filled day of activities including a Tasi (ocean) Mini Fair in partnership with UnderWater World Guam and the Guam Nature Alliance.
The event was open to the public and attended by guests, hosts and environmental enthusiasts. “Miss Water Guam” from the Ms. Earth Guam Pageant was in attendance to support the cause as well.
Activities were held throughout the day including a beach cleanup, kids coral polyp activity, video presentation, face-painting, shark reading and raffle prize drawings.
Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort — By Elena Dementeva
The Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort (MOK) team began our ‘Konotta for the Earth’ event, organized by Resort Manager Elza Artiaga, Principal Nahida and Island Council Rameez, by visiting the local island Ghadhdhoo on the 5th of June. Prior, Principal Nahida and Consul Rameez visited Konotta to introduce and discuss their ideas about our Environmental Day celebration. MOK is the very first resort to visit their island and express interest in future social events.
The purpose of our visit was to bring environmental awareness to the school children and their parents. Our Marine Biologist Caterina Fattori gave a presentation on the environment, the ocean and OZONE Day. She demonstrated fun ways to preserve Mother Earth and held an interactive session, making art from recycled bottle caps.
We also celebrated our “NO TO PLASTIC” campaign that involves hosts, students and families of the community stressing the importance of minimizing the use of plastic.
After cleaning up Ghadhdhoo island and the school, a traditional lunch was prepared for our team.
Outrigger Laguna Phuket Resort and Villas and Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort — By Marc Landgraf
Our Thailand ‘ohana joined forces and attended an educational program at the Phuket Marine Biological Center to raise awareness about the importance for marine resources conservation projects.
Students of Khok Wat Mai School were also invited and thrilled to attend a sea turtle conservation educational presentation and to visit the Phuket Aquarium.
The sale of OZONE T-shirts raised monies that we were pleased to present to the Phuket Marine Biological Center in support of their very worthwhile efforts.
Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort — By Sandra Mussard
The Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort, in concert with its NGO partner, Reef Conservation, organized several on-site activities on 6th June.
Guests, hosts and students from Keats College in Chemin Grenier took part in interactive activities that brought to light unsustainable impacts, poor habits and the function of wetlands.
To raise awareness of the marine ecosystem, various educational tools were on hand including NGO’s mobile marine educational unit, Bis Lamer (“Sea Bus” in Mauritian Creole), available for visits all day long.
The students discovered the beauty of various coral gardens in the lagoon fronting the resort, thanks to a guided glass bottom boat tour.
A very rewarding day ended with a friendly meal together at the Mercado restaurant.
For more pictures of our OZONE Day, please visit: https://app.box.com/s/jb08jhdarclgfatxakdbrlr2opydbef0