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& Accolades

Pacific Islands Institute has been honored with multiple awards and accolades over the years. We are proud to have been recognized by the community and industry leaders.


2013 Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Aloha Chapter  Presidents Award

2012  Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Aloha Chapter Supplier of the Year  Award

Wall Street Journal Best in Volunteer Travel in 2012

The Wall Street Journal selected ten 'volun-tourism' vacations around the world to feature in their December 19, 2011 issue, "Saving the World, One Vacation at a Time."  The PII program with our client Road Scholar "All Hands on Deck:  Maintaining the USS Missouri (the Mighty Mo) in Pearl Harbor" garnered this prestigious mention.  Read the article

Hawaii Ecotourism Association - Silver Certification- 2011

Pacific Islands Institute was proud to be one of fourteen companies statewide to have earned the distinction of being  Hawaii's first ever Certified Ecotour Operators for our commitment to environmental sustainability.  With the goal of encouraging more "green" tourism statewide, the Hawaii Ecotourism Assocation  (HEA) developed the ecotourism certification program to educate commercial tour operators of the responsible use of natural and cultural resources, support conservation and sustainability and to raise awareness among Hawaii's visitors.

Hawaii Ecotourism Association’s Ecotour Operator of the Year - 2007

Each year, the Hawaii Ecotourism Association recognizes one ecotourism operation who exemplifies the ideals of ecotourism. This award aims to recognize Hawaii ecotourism operations who demonstrate, through their business, a commitment to environmental stewardship, cultural sensitivity, community enhancement, educational content, or all of the above. These operations provide excellent examples of how the principles can be put into practice here in Hawaii.


Hawaii Tourism Authority’s Keep It Hawaii Award – Koa Award - 2006

The Keep it Hawaii Recognition Awards honor those who have demonstrated commitment to honor and perpetuate the Hawaiian culture and community, providing visitors and residents with opportunities to experience the true culture through creative and responsible efforts. Nominations for the awards are judged by members of the Hawaii Tourism Authority’s Hawaiian Cultural Program Advisory Council on Authenticity, Usage, Uniqueness, Educational Value, Longevity and Commitment into the Future. The prestigious Koa Award was created to recognize those signifying a long-term and exemplary commitment to perpetuating and preserving Hawaii’s host culture. (Picture From left to right: Douglas Chang, HTA Board President; Karen Lockwood, Andrew Lockwood and Leslie Pelton of Pacific Islands Institute)

Hawaii’s Living Reef Award – Travel/Tourism 2006

In conjunction with Hawaii’s Living Reef Program, the Coral Reef Outreach Network (CRON) has developed an annual Living Reef Awards Program. The goal of the Living Reef Awards Program is to honor groups and individuals that promote a healthy reef ecosystem and go above and beyond in their action to make a difference in preserving our reefs, appropriate to their resources and ability. The awards honor and recognize organizations, groups or individuals that do the most to preserve Hawaii’s reef ecosystem.



~Hawaii Tourism Authority Keep It Hawaii Awards – Certificate of Merit 2005

~Hawaii Visitors & Conventions Bureau (HVCB) Keep It Hawaii Awards – Certificate of Merit 2003
~HVCB Keep It Hawaii Awards – Certificate of Merit 2002
~HVCB Keep It Hawaii Awards – 2 Kahili Awards & 1 Certificate of Merit 2001