The 4Cs of Kualoa Ranch Sustainability: Community, Conservation, Culture, and Commerce
The 4 Cs of Sustainability at Kualoa Ranch
Community is incredibly important to Kualoa Ranch. We engage with our local community everyday and give back through partnerships with local business vendors, offering volunteer days, educational tours for keiki, and more.
Kualoa has always had a strong ethic for caring for the land. Conservation efforts are carried out by our agriculture and stewardship teams who carry out native plant plantings, invasive species control, and pasture management.
Kualoa helps to teach and perpetuate Native Hawaiian and Paniolo cultures in our tour experiences, educational opportunities, and land management.
Our agritourism operation allows us to diversify our operation and provide a base to support our other initiatives such as land stewardship, conservation projects, community initiatives, and more.
Sustainability Certifications & Partnerships
Since 2015, Kualoa Ranch has been certified as “Certified Sustainable Tour Operator” through the Sustainable Tourism Association of Hawai’i, the country’s only third-party tourism sustainability certification. This process entails “secret shoppers” and an annual audit to identify how we incorporate environmental stewardship, Native Hawaiian culture, and pono practices on our tours and throughout our operation.
Kualoa Ranch is a “Fellow Member” of The Long Run since 2019. The Long Run is an international sustainability non-profit that works with destinations around the world in their commitment to steward resources for the long run. Our status as a Fellow Member shows our ongoing commitment to natural resource stewardship, waste reduction, sustainable/regenerative tourism, and more in our effort to steward resources for future generations.
Kualoa Ranch is a member of the Sustainability Business Forum (SBF) as part of Hawai’i Green Growth. The Sustainability Business Forum is a group of business executives who are taking the initiative to shape a sustainable future for Hawaiʻi. SBF members share a deep commitment to our island home, and a desire to drive private sector action to achieve Hawai‘i’s statewide sustainability goals. Coordinated by Hawai‘i Green Growth, the SBF convenes quarterly at the executive level to engage in a strategic dialogue and catalyze action on joint initiatives.
Kualoa Ranch now holds the international “Safe Travel Stamp”, the world’s first ever global safety & hygiene stamp for travel/tourism. This stamp is provided through the World Tourism & Travel Council and the Sustainable Tourism Association of Hawai’i and designates our operation as committing to and upholding COVID precautions here at the Ranch. Through this program, we are part of an international cohort of destinations that continue to utilize public health precautions in revitalizing tourism while providing a great (and safer) guest experience.
Sustainability in Action
Learn more about our oyster farming operation (aquaculture) and how oysters are truly “sustainable” by helping to clean our watershed clean, providing a delicious source of local protein, and providing jobs that care for the land & water.
A quick lesson on the meaning of “Kualoa” and the historical & cultural significance of this ahupua’a.
Learn more about Kualoa Ranch’s ongoing commitment to conservation, culture, and community, and how we use commerce (agritourism) to sustain these great initiatives/projects in our community.