LEADERSHIP & PHILANTHROPY The Hawaiian turtle tattoo symbolizes being at ease in your own shell.
Eco-Learning Apprentice-Trips at The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui, and The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii, let you lend a hand in local conservation. Create your own adventure with activities that give back in a big way. BY ALIYAH SHAMSHER
Maui's rugged coastline.
MISSION: Support Local Food Shopping and eating locally can be a feat on the Hawaiian islands, but relying on products shipped across oceans creates a high cost of living for residents. Become part of the solution by helping out as a farmhand for the day at O'o Farm in the Waipoli rainforest of Kula, Maui, where you'll learn about the latest developments in local organic agricultural practices.
MISSION: Turtle Rescue Overfishing, coastal development and pollution damage fragile coral reefs and their inhabitants. Get up close and personal with green sea turtles, stingrays, urchins and monk seals below the tranquil waters of the Kohala Coast, Hawaii, on a snorkeling adventure that is as fun as it is educational. With each dive, a donation goes to a local turtletagging program.
MISSION: Cultural Immersion Indigenous Hawaiian knowledge, language and skills are being rediscovered by a new generation, eager to preserve Hawaiian culture for the islands' descendants. You too can discover these ancient practices by canoeing in a traditional outrigger and welcoming the day with a Hawaiian sun chant. You’ll also learn basic paddling skills in the coastal waters off Wailea, Maui.
MISSION: Natural Habitat Restoration Still lingering from the days of the first European visitors are foreign plants (including lush ferns and fragrant jasmine) that wreak havoc on the local plant life integral to Hawaiian tradition. If you’re not afraid of a little dirt, visit Haleakala National Park, Hosmer’s Grove, Honokowai Valley and Keopuolani Regional Park in Maui to replace these invasive plants with indigenous species.
A classic with a traveler’s twist: a middle zipper opens, giving you six inches of extra space. Longchamp Expandable Folding Travel Bag US$235
Swim with sea turtles in Hawaii.
Get outside with BMW Cruise Bikes available at select Fairmont properties. The bicycle-lending program blends the best of Fairmont Fit while giving guests an eco-minded (not to mention stylish) way to explore their destinations.
A traditional Hawaiian outrigger canoe.
Wild rose oil and desert plant extracts keep skin hydrated and balanced. Korres Wild Rose 24-Hour Moisturizing & Brightening Cream US$35
Dive deep with rubber straps and a stainless steel case that’s water resistant up to 1,650 ft (500 m). Victorinox Dive Master 500 Gunmetal Chronograph US$995
PHOTOS: ISTOCKPHOTOS (COFFEE, COASTLINE, TURTLE, TATTOO)
Kona coffee beans.
Fairmont Magazine winter 2012, International edition