Take the Island of Hawai‘i Pono Pledge

The Island of Hawaii Visitors Bureau (IHVB), launched a new public information campaign.

This partnership campaign between IHVB and the County of Hawaii aims to educate and encourage residents and visitors to be safe, responsible and respectful while on the island of Hawaii. The initiative is part of IHVB’s comprehensive destination management efforts to help protect and preserve the island’s natural resources and wildlife for future generations to enjoy.


He pilina wehena ʻole ke aloha honua.  One’s love for the planet is an inseverable relationship.

I pledge to be pono (righteous) on the island of Hawai‘i.

I will mindfully seek wonder, but not wander where I do not belong.

I will not defy death for breathtaking photos, or venture beyond safety.

I will mālama (care for) land and sea, and admire wildlife only from afar.

Molten lava will mesmerize me, but I will not disrupt its flow.

I will not take what is not mine, leaving lava rocks and sand as originally found.

I will heed ocean conditions, never turning my back to the Pacific.

When rain falls ma uka (inland), I will remain high above ground, out of rivers and streams.

I will embrace the island’s aloha spirit, as it embraces me.


Lawe i ka maʻalea i kūʻonoʻono. “Take Wisdom and Make it Deep.”


Take and sign the pono pledge today at PonoPledge.com. The website will also serve as a resource to the public and includes general safety information pertaining to various warnings, watches, advisories, and outlook signs people may encounter. Full lists of lifeguarded beaches, endangered species and their protections, ocean warning flags, rules of the road, earthquake information, volcano updates, and emergency numbers are also available online.   #ponopledge #takethepledge

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