Voluntourism at the Four Seasons Resort Maui, Hawaii

New schemes enable holidaymakers to support local charitable projects

The infinity pool at the Four Seasons Resort Maui
The infinity pool at the Four Seasons Resort Maui

The Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea in Hawaii is offering guests “voluntourism” opportunities as part of their stay. These include serving meals at the local church with the Hale Kau Kau group and getting involved in decorating schemes for low-income homes in the area, organised by international non-profit Habitat for Humanity.

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The hotel places emphasis on its eco-friendly ethos – a fleet of electric Tesla S 85 sedans was introduced last year – and conservation projects include maintenance work at Ko’ie’ie, a 500-year-old fishpond that is one of the last remaining on the South Maui coastline. The hotel is also showcasing ocean photography by local artists the Cesere brothers, the sale of which will benefit the Keiki Kohola Project, which ensures that the waters surrounding the island, where humpback whales come to calf, are effectively managed.

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