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Maui Companies Honored by Ecotourism Association

Posted September 21, 2016, 04:51 PM HST Updated September 26, 2016, 01:00 AM HST
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Today, the Hawaiʻi Ecotourism Association celebrated its 2016 accomplishments at an awards luncheon at the Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel.

During the program, HEA honored ecotour operators, guides, writers, and volunteers for their contributions to sustainable tourism in Hawaiʻi.

HEA certified a record 23 companies as sustainable tour operators, adding to the previous list of 18 sustainable tour operators.

Maui winners included:

Maui Ecotour Guides of the Year:
Rowdy Lindsey of Hawaiian Paddle Sports (pictured above)
Curtis Geary of Maui Kayak Adventures (pictured above)

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Certified Ecotour Operators:
Aloha Kayaks Maui
Maui Nei Native Expeditions
Haleakalā Bike Company
Temptation Tours
Maui Dreams Dive Company
Valley Isle Excursions (2016 Sustainable Tour Operator of the Year Award)
Maui Ocean Center
Maui Stand Up Paddle Boarding
Maui Surf Lessons
Hawaiʻi Mermaid Adventures

These newly certified operators join: Hawaiian Paddle Sports, Trilogy Excursions, Maui Kayak Adventures, Pacific Whale Foundation, and Atlantis Adventures who have been certified since 2011.

Travel Writer of the Year Award: Shannon Wianecki

Curtis Geary of Maui Kayak Adventures and Rowdy Lindsey of Hawaiian Paddle Sports were awarded Maui Ecotour Guides of the Year by the Hawaii Ecoutourism Association. They are pictured with Timothy Lara, at right, who owns both companies. (Photo courtesy: Hawaiian Paddle Sports)

Curtis Geary of Maui Kayak Adventures and Rowdy Lindsey of Hawaiian Paddle Sports were awarded Maui Ecotour Guides of the Year by the Hawaii Ecoutourism Association. They are pictured with Timothy Lara, at right, who owns both companies. (Photo courtesy: Hawaiian Paddle Sports)

Valley Isle Excursions. Courtesy photo Hawaiʻi Ecotourism Association.

Valley Isle Excursions. Courtesy photo Hawaiʻi Ecotourism Association.

Makoa Hatchling 2014. Maui Ocean Center, turtle release planned.

Makoa Hatchling 2014. Maui Ocean Center, turtle release planned.

Paddle for Hunger. Photo credit: Hawaiian Paddle Sports.

Paddle for Hunger. Photo credit: Hawaiian Paddle Sports.

Paddle for Hunger. Photo credit: Hawaiian Paddle Sports.

Paddle for Hunger. Photo credit: Hawaiian Paddle Sports.

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