Hawaiian Paddle Sports is a Maui-based, ocean activities company that prides itself on providing sustainable, intimate, authentic experiences with Maui and the ocean.
2018 marks 9 years of business for Hawaiian Paddle Sports. We are proud of how much we’ve grown and look forward to continuing to expand our business and opportunities. In 2018 we were especially honored to receive the 2018 Sustainable Tour Operator of the Year award from Hawaii Ecotourism Association. Hawaiian Paddle Sports was chosen from hundreds of tour operators across the state and was highlighted because of our ongoing community and environmental efforts.
Through our Malama Maui give-back program, we raised $48,582 for local organizations and logged over 394 volunteer hours. We also spearheaded the Paddle For Hunger event and the second annual Paddle For Keiki Toy Drive.
We are excited about the opportunities in 2019, and look forward to another outstanding year supporting our customers, employees, environment, and community.
Hawaiian Paddle Sports
A community of sustainably-minded ocean stewards who cultivate a sense of kuleana globally.
We provide authentic sustainable eco-tours that empower our guests to discover a deeper appreciation of and connection to Hawaii’s marine environment.
Obtain and maintain relevant ecotourism industry certifications
Expand community service outreach partners and opportunities
Become a 1% for the Planet business partner
Support local community organizations through monetary donations and volunteer support
Continue to enhance professional development opportunities for employees, including dedicated whale season training, Hawaiian cultural trainings/experiences, and marine naturalist trainings
Hawaiian Paddle Sports was proud to be recognized statewide as the 2018 Sustainable Tour Operator of the Year by the Hawaii Ecotourism Association. We are honored to set the bar for sustainable tourism in Hawaii.
Donated and raised $48,582 for local organizations
- $31,420 = Direct monetary donations
- $11,137 = Total monetary donations raised through events
- $6,025 = Additional donations
Successfully built on our Malama Maui community give back program.
Malama Maui grew to include new partner organizations and conducted volunteer service projects throughout Maui. Non-profit partners included: Hawaiian Islands Land Trust, Surfrider Foundation Maui Chapter, P?nana Leo o Maui, Maui Huliau Foundation, Maui Youth and Family Services, Hawaii Wildlife Fund, Pacific Cancer Foundation, Maui Food Bank, Hawaii Ecotourism Association, Grow Some Good, Na Leo Pulama, Koinonia Pentecostal Church, Maui Huliau Foundation, Hawaiian Kamali’i, Network for Good, Lae’ula o Ka, Kahana Canoe Club, Na Kai Ewalu Canoe Club, Hawaii Public Radio, Lahaina Rotary Youth Foundation, Kihei Canoe Club, Maui Economic Development Board, Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe Voyager Society, Kihei Canoe Club, Koieie O Na La O Maui, and Love the Sea.
Employees logged 394 volunteer hours with 12 different non-profits.
Hosted Maui’s Annual Paddle for Keiki event.
Building on Maui’s Toys for Tots event, Paddle for Keiki brought together the island’s paddling community to raise support for our local keiki (children). The event included over 150 paddlers who donated over $7,000 in gifts and cash donations for Maui’s youth.
Certifications and Awards
Staff Training and Development
Incorporated employee trainings that focused on Hawaiian culture, humpback whales, and the ocean ecosystem. Employees received both in-class and immersion-based cultural training, and attended a dedicated training on humpback whales.
15 employees completed Hawaiian Culture Training.
All Hawaiian Paddle Sports guides hold the Marine Naturalist Certification (or equivalent).
All Hawaiian Paddle Sports guides hold CPR and Lifeguard certifications.
Hosted 2 Ocean Safety Trainings for employees. In-water training enabled guides to respond to various on-the-job scenarios & enhanced job skills as an ocean guide.
Employees participated in an annual company retreat focusing on team building, cultural training, and environmental awareness.