Barefoot luxury and coral reef conservation meet at Outrigger Resorts
WAIKIKI – In honour of World Oceans Month this June, Outrigger Hotels and Resorts is eager to continue its support in protecting and sustaining the oceans and the species that inhabit it.
Making Big Waves for Global Change
Through its OZONE programme, Outrigger has championed ocean and coral health by planting, preserving and protecting more than 100 football fields of coral since the launch of OZONE in 2014. This World Oceans Month, Outrigger will host enriching eco-activities at its hotels and resorts in Hawai‘i, Fiji and Mauritius – ranging from beach clean-up events, pop-up aquarium experiences and more – creating engaging opportunities for guests to make a sustainable splash this year:
- Cheers to Coral Health: A specially curated coral-themed cocktail will be served at Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort’s Kani Ka Pila Grille and Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger’s Hawaiian Aroma Caffe throughout June and a portion of the proceeds will go to Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii.
- Pop-Up Reefs: Waikīkī Aquarium, a pioneer in coral cultivation will host intimate pop-up aquarium experiences at Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort and Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort throughout June, alternating locations weekly on Mondays for guests to enjoy.
- Friendship Bracelets (Kupe‘e): Inspired by custom sustainable rope artwork now being created for Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort by marine scientist turned sustainability artist Ethan Estess – guests can join in creating sustainable and cultural kai (ocean) kupe‘e and marine-plastic kupe‘e using salvaged fishing rope and recycled micro-plastics every Thursday in June at Outrigger Reef and every Saturday in June at Outrigger Waikiki.
- All in this Together: Outrigger is partnering with Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii to host a collective town beach clean-up event on 26 June, allowing guests to take part in sustainable tourism efforts alongside Outrigger hosts and local residents. In addition, similar community OZONE activations will be taking place at all Outrigger Resorts globally – including Fiji and Mauritius.
- The Outrigger Way: Outrigger hosts (employees) have joined in an internal sustainability pledge to use reusable metal water bottles in an effort to eliminate single-use plastics on-property and beyond; guests are encouraged to follow suit and utilise the properties’ state-of-the-art water stations to fill up.
- Coral Reef-Safe SPF 30: Outrigger continues to supply visitors with reef-safe sunscreen from All Good – an easy way to care for coral reefs while enjoying the Waikīkī sun.
- Sea Art: View ocean-debris art on display from Stacey Garmshausen in the lobby of Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort for World Oceans Month in June as well as plastic-free July. Additional ocean-debris art will be seen at Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort from artists Kat Kazlauskas and Shannon McCarthy.
According to experts, 100% of coral reef habitats around the world may nearly be eliminated by 2100, due to rising sea temperatures and acidic waters; and an alarming 70-90% of coral reefs will disappear over the next 20 years because of climate change and pollution. Outrigger is committed to creating a wave of global change as part of its ongoing OZONE (Outrigger’s ZONE) programme, bringing ocean health and coral reef conservation to the forefront of its everyday operations.
For U.S. and Canadian residents, now through 20 June, 2021, Outrigger is hosting the Caring for our Coral Reefs Sweepstakes, a campaign to raise awareness for coral care and offer consumers a chance to win the largest prize package ever offered by Outrigger. The reward of a memorable Hawai‘i getaway includes:
- Five-night stay in the luxurious Grand Navigator Suite at the transformed Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
- Airfare for two from Hawaiian Airlines (nearest gateway city)
- Sunset Tour for two on the Holokai Catamaran
- Exclusive Blue Hawaiian Helicopter Tour for two
- VIP seating and US$200 gift certificate to watch live music at the legendary Kani Ka Pila Grille on Waikiki Beach front
- Outrigger’s ZONE sustainable gift pack
- Voyager 47 Club Lounge access
“As a Hawai‘i-born beach resort brand, protecting our oceans and caring for our coral reefs is embedded into Outrigger’s culture. It’s a cause we take to heart and champion daily,” said Monica Salter, Vice President of Global Communications and Social Responsibility at Outrigger Hospitality Group.
“World Oceans Month serves as a catalyst to engage with our guests in new ways – from this year’s historic Caring for our Coral Reef sweepstakes to working with inspiring organisations and artists such as Sustainable Coastlines and Ethan Estess.”
SAFE TRAVELS TO THE ALOHA STATE
As part of the Safe Travels Hawai‘i program, travellers with a negative COVID-19 test result from a trusted travel partner, 72-hours prior to arriving to O‘ahu will not be subject to a 10-day quarantine. Visit https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel for the latest information on COVID-19 travel procedures and regulations.