ISLAND OF HAWAI‘I

Pono Pledge

TAKE THE PONO PLEDGE

I pledge to be pono (righteous) on the island of Hawai‘i.

I will mindfully seek wonder,
but not wander where I do not belong.

I will not defy death for breathtaking photos,
trespass or venture beyond safety.

I will mālama (care for) land and sea,
and admire wildlife only from afar.

Molten lava will mesmerize me,
but I will not disrupt its flow.

I will not take what is not mine,
leaving lava rocks and sand as originally found.

I will heed ocean conditions,
never turning my back to the Pacific.

When rain falls ma uka (inland),
I will remain high above ground, out of rivers and streams.

I will embrace the concept of being a steward of the land,
revered as my loving chief.

E ʻapo i ke aʻo a hoʻohana, a e ʻoi mau ka naʻauao.
Those who apply their teachings increase their knowledge.

TAKE THE PLEDGE TODAY

The Pono Pledge was created to encourage responsible travel to the Hawaiian Islands. We appreciate your dedication to traveling responsibly.