BY BITSY KELLEY — In conjunction with World Oceans Month (June), Outrigger Resorts is proud to undertake several global OZONE initiatives to do our part in making our environment better for the next generation.
Dr. Kelley talks about one such initiative, Hokulea’s arrival in New York City, in his lead article this week. Hokulea was welcomed by hundreds of residents and a delegation of Hawaii leaders, educators, students and supporters. As a longstanding partner of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, I was thrilled to represent Outrigger at the historic event.
On land, Hokulea’s crewmembers connect with schools, Native American peoples, maritime communities and others to share stories, educate on protecting cultural and environmental resources, share traditional and new technologies to live sustainably and create global relationships. Our partnership is a perfect fit for our global conservation initiatives of which education plays a major role.
Here at “home,” Outrigger Resorts invited the public to the Waikiki Aquarium on Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., for our second annual OZONE Day, a fun-filled day of activities for the entire family, including invasive algae cleaning of waters fronting the aquarium.
“Land lovers” enjoyed free keiki activities including handprint, sand and picture frame art, games and temporary tattoos, and walked away with a free box of crayons.
Throughout the day, the talents of the Camarillo Brothers, Kalae & Kamaka, added cool entertainment to the warm, sunny afternoon, and the social media photo booth was nonstop. “Photographers” who hashtagged their photo with #OutriggerResorts and posted it to social media received a special gift!
Ocean-inspired art graced the perimeter of the aquarium with several ‘Art on the Zoo Fence’ artists painting on-site during the event and 20 percent of the sale of artwork donated to the Waikiki Aquarium.
Outrigger Resorts also introduced a new OZONE Eco Adventure Package available at Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort and Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort available for booking online at https://www.outrigger.com/specials/owk-orf/ozone-eco-adventure.
Mahalo to MaryLou Foley, director of community outreach, Waikiki Aquarium, our Hawaii OZONE partner; Dr. Celia Smith, UH professor of botany, who coordinated the algae cleanup effort; Lynn Forney, president, the Zoo Fence Artists group; and Outrigger representatives Dr. Chuck Kelley, Jean Rolles, Kathy Carey and Maverick and Keely Carey.
As always #teamOutrigger volunteers came out for the cause. Mahalo to: Alison Mason, Angela Dewitt, Anna Lau, Carl Hansberry, Caroline MacKenzie, Charlene Goo, Chris Sadayasu, Chuck Kelley, CJ Sword, Cris Estrada, Crystal Yamasaki, Dan Daniels, Dan Wacksman, Darrell Tabion, Dean Nakasone, Duane Cruz, Elena Shiroma, Elizabeth Cambra, Ella Aiwohi, Eva Cruz, Feebe Cabulera, Glaiza de Gracia, Hitomi Saunders, Jane Inouye, Jasmine Dempsey, Jason Sadayasu, Jennifer Agdeppa, Jessica Thomas, Jo Francis Cabuelera Jojo Cabulera, Josh Haddadi, Kathy Carey, Kathy Foley, Kathy Hansberry, Kathleen Korvalis, Keely Carey, Kimo Miguel, Lauren Sadayasu, Lazar Bogdanovski, Leconte Lee, Leilani Love, Lily Tran, Lisa Tojo, Lochlan Ajimine, Marisa Guerrero, Mary Loy, Maverick Carey, Michael Viscovich, Michellee Phelps, Nancy Daniels, Niel Mason, Reid Kobashigawa, Ritchie Albano, Robert McConnell, Robin Estrada, Russ Sumida, Sea Ajimine, Sherilyn Farris, Teresa Shepherd and Wilson Ayson.
Our hosts at the Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort (TLR) in Thailand took their efforts to the beach to remove and recycle all the rubbish that washed on shore from surrounding islands and from boats, as boat tours are a very popular local attraction.
TLR also held an “OZONE Day” resort cocktail event where hosts spoke with guests about our OZONE initiatives as a company while also showcasing talented local Thai artists who carved soap and leather.
All month long, our hosts from Honolulu to Guam to Fiji to Mauritius to Thailand are joining together to support OZONE. Press time came early this week, so make sure you tune into next week’s Saturday Briefing for continuing coverage from our resorts across the globe.
Hosts will be thrilled to know we have reached 37 percent of our goal to plant, grow and maintain a football-field worth of coral in the Pacific, Southeast Asia and Indian Oceans since our OZONE launch last year. Let’s continue to “Grow the ZONE” and do our part to preserve the health of our oceans and to be good stewards of the beautiful destinations we call home.
Visit: http://www.outrigger.com/ozone/overview for more information on Reef Conservation in Outrigger’s Global Destinations.