As part of a commitment to promoting responsible travel, Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea is asking guests to take a trip that gives back—to Maui and themselves. Recently, the resort announced a new “Malama Hawaii” volunteer experience (“malama” meaning “to care for”) that allows guests to discover Maui’s history through the hands-on processing of historic artifacts and documents at Lahaina Restoration Foundation. The reward for participation: A $250 resort credit to be applied to their current stay and a gift certificate for a one-night luxury accommodation in an Ocean View Room for a future stay. 

The Lahaina Restoration Foundation is a nonprofit organization with the mission to restore, preserve and protect the physical, historical and cultural legacies of Maui, and honor the era of the Hawaiian Monarchy. Guests will take part in a three-hour discovery of Maui’s history through measuring, describing and/or transcribing historic artifacts and documents from all eras of Maui’s past, including Kingdom of Hawaii, Missionary, Whaling and Sugar periods. The experience includes a brief training session, work with historic objects and a tour of a historic site or museum customized for the guest’s interest. 

The resort originally launched the initiative upon reopening its doors in November 2020, in collaboration with Pacific Whale Foundation, as part of the state’s “Malama Hawaii” program. (Guests who volunteer for shoreline debris monitoring and clean-up work receive the same reward of a resort credit and future one-night accommodation.)  

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Over the duration of the program’s first six months, thousands of pieces of debris have been documented and discarded by the resort’s guest volunteers. Resort guests who are interested in participating in the “Malama Hawaii” program may contact the xoncierge via email at [email protected] for more information.  

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