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.