Tourism group uses bikes to give eco-toursUPDATED 6:22 PM HST Sep 01, 2013Video Transcript
With the growth of eco-tourism in Hawaii, there is now a push to make sure tour companies show off our spectacular natural resources WITHOUT making a big impact on the environment. KITV 4's Paul Drewes explains. nat of bike Mattheis Carley is gearing up for a workout...mount ain biking in Windward Oahu as part of his Hawaiian vacation. matt@13:40-13:50 "i'm not a lay at the beach person, i am more active. Seeing things that I wouldn't be able to see in a car or bus, i can see on a bike" Nat @7:21 "if we come across horses, just get off your bike and move to the side of the road At Kualoa Ranch, Bike Hawaii has seen an increase in riders just like Mattheis ready to saddle up for this type of eco- tour. jeremy@12:02-12:09 "it's a nice way to be introduced to hawaii. Outdoors, light footprint." nat of Bikes riding by standup@22:33-22:42 "But with increased interest in experiencing Hawaii's natural attractions, there is concern how eco-tour companies protect these precious resources." So Hawaii's ecotourism association now certifies companies that meet its safeguarding standards. ON BERT TAPE alan@21:11 "how do they conduct their groups, the size of groups, how they dispose of litter, warn them of hazards, how can they minimize impact to communities" Like a good housekeeping seal of approval, the certification sets guidelines for the entire industry and gives visitors an idea of who is truly being green. on bert tape ALAN @19:05 "a good portion of visitors are looking for tour companies that minimize the impact on our natural resources" nat of bike riders Bike Hawaii and Kualoa Ranch are two of just a handful of Hawaii eco-tour companies already certified. As more join in the program, it could make a big difference in the overall impact tour groups have on our natural environment. jeremy@12:44 "our impact is really zero, the bikes might leave a little track in the dust, that's about it really" At Kualoa Ranch, Paul Drewes KITV 4 news. For a link to certified eco- tourism companies around Hawaii, just head to KITV-dot-com.