Collaborative destination management efforts to preserve natural and cultural resources are increasing on Hawai‘i Island. With funding provided by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority (HTA), the Island of Hawai‘i Visitors Bureau (IHVB) is seeking proposals from ‘āina-based non-profit organizations to develop and manage a community stewardship program at three popular sites.
The Hawai‘i Island Community-Based Action Stewardship Program aims to educate visitors and protect natural and cultural spaces in Pohoiki, Punalu‘u and Kealakekua Bay — communities that residents identified as hotspot locations in the Hawai‘i Island Destination Management Action Plan (DMAP) due to their concerns such as increased overcrowding, congestion, degradation of resources, and safety hazards.
The selected contractor(s) for the Hawai‘i Island Community-Based Action Stewardship Program will be responsible for working with the local community to recruit and hire stewards from the designated area or district.
The program’s objectives are to:
· Increase understanding of appropriate behavior and respect for Hawaiian culture, natural resources, and the surrounding communities through positive visitor-steward interactions.
· Train stewards to share place-based mo‘olelo (history), mo‘omeheu (culture) and ho‘oulu (hope for the future).
· Emphasize safety and redirect visitors from dangerous land and ocean conditions to parks and beaches that are open for visitation.
· Minimize trespassing on private and government lands.
· Encourage visitors to pick up their ‘ōpala (rubbish) and leave the area better than when they arrived.
· Gather data for the State of Hawai‘i Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism (DBEDT) Resident Sentiment Survey
· Gather data to track visitation
To download the Hawai‘i Island Community-Based Action Stewardship Program application and Request for Proposals, visit https://hvcb.org/island-of-hawaii-hicasp-rfp. Proposals are due by 4:30 p.m. HST on August 18, 2023, to IHVB Destination Manager Rachel Kaiama at [email protected]. For more information, please call (808) 294-1737 or email [email protected].