“Regenerative tourism” is a phrase that you just hear quite a bit in Hawaiʻi nowadays. The Hawaii Tourism Authority makes use of it — and so does the Native Hawaiian Hospitality Affiliation.
Malia Sanders, the chief director of that group, says regenerative tourism is greater than a definition — it’s additionally a context.
“It’s sustainable tourism, however including onto it a pair extra caveats — one being that it actually does contain group. And group must be the driving power in shifting the method ahead,” Sanders mentioned. “The opposite is that it contains the host tradition. And for Hawaiʻi, we’re actually lucky as a result of there are various locations around the globe that wish to follow regenerative tourism, however they don’t know themselves the way in which we do right here in Hawaiʻi.”
“They don’t have that basically deep and powerful connection to their tradition like we do,” Sanders instructed HPR.
The Native Hawaiian Hospitality Affiliation has group assets starting from cultural coaching to Hawaiian language classes. Extra data on NAHHA.com.
“Go spend time with kūpuna organizations. Go get your self soiled within the loʻi, you already know, like, get your ft moist. You may discover that this stuff truly make you’re feeling actually good too. They usually make life really feel purposeful and intentional they usually’re good to your soul on the identical time,” she added.
This interview aired on The Conversation on April 22, 2022. The Dialog airs weekdays at 11 a.m. on HPR-1.
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