Taking inspiration from the Palau Pledge, a world-first tourism initiative, Kanu Hawaii led the creation of Hawaii’s version.
On April 21, business leaders, dignitaries and government officials including the President of Palau, Hawaii Governor Josh Green and Oahu Mayor Rick Blangiardi came together to sign the pledge and urge for its adoption in all sectors.
In attendance was the President of Palau, Surangel Whipps Jr., who spoke on the genesis and impact of the Palau Pledge, which the Hawaii Pledge was modeled after. The Palau passport pledge requires the signature of all those entering its country to be environmentally conscious while a guest of the island nation. It has garnered international attention since its kick-off at the United Nations in 2017. More about the Palau Pledge:
The Pledge to our Keiki, will support the Department of Education and the nearly 170,000 students across Hawaii in environmental sustainability and service learning. Launched in December 2017 by the government of the Republic of Palau, the Palau Pledge a world is a globally renowned, written agreement all visitors to Palau must sign before entering the country and is aimed at promoting responsible, sustainable tourism with a focus on protecting the country’s environment and culture.