Connecting Tourism Professionals with Conservation Professionals to create a mutually beneficial relationship in nature-based tourism

Tour Guide Trainings with Purpose
Train with leaders from the conservation community.
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Allison Borell

Allison Borell is the Community Outreach and Education Liaison with East Maui Watershed Partnership (EMWP) and is the project manager for the Maui Mauka Conservation Trainings.  She has worked at EMWP since August of 2010 and with West Maui Mountains Watershed Partnership prior to that.  Her previous experience as a hiking tour guide on Maui has been invaluable for designing an educational program to deliver to local tour guides.

East Maui Watershed Partnership

Laura Berthold

Laura Berthold began working for Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project in 2009. She helps lead the team in the field with a variety of tasks including researching endangered native birds, restoring native forest, and controlling invasive species. She studied environmental science at Loyola University Chicago.

Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project

Lissa Strohecker

Lissa Strohecker is the Public Relations and Education Specialist with the Maui Invasive Species Committee (MISC).  She has worked at MISC since 2004 and has held her current position since 2008.  During her tenure she has conducted a number of workshops designed to train community members on identifying and reporting high-threat invasive species.

Maui Invasive Species Committee

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Each element of our logo has an associated ʻolelo noʻeau and statement.

Malia paha he iki ‘unu, pa‘a ka pōhaku nui ‘a‘ole e ka‘a

Perhaps it is the small stone that can keep the big rock from falling.

As the keystone species of the watershed, ʻōhiʻa supports the entire ecosystem.



Hahai no ka ua I ka ulua ʻau

The rain always follows the forest


Native forests increase cloud water capture by 30%

Ke kumu lehua muimui I ka manu

A lehua in bloom attracts birds as an attractive person draws the attention of others.


From 1 bird came 54. Only 26 are left today.

He waʻa he moku, he moku he waʻa

The canoe is an island, an island is a canoe.


We call you into action to malama “your canoe”

ʻAʻohe mālama, pau I ka ʻiole

If you do not take care of your possessions, it will be stolen by rats/he will not suffer losses


A new pest reaches Hawaii every 18 days