Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Hiking & Backpacking in Hawaii: Free Eco-Travel Slideshow Talks at REI Stores

Have you been dreaming of finally taking that Hawaii vacation, but are afraid it's too expensive? Or maybe you're concerned about your carbon footprint and the eco-impact of yet another tourist at Hawaii's crowded beach resorts? Then here's the ticket to planning a more sustainable and affordable Hawaii vacation: go camping.

The very first time I visited the Hawaiian Islands, I was a broke 20-year-old backpacker who could barely afford the plane ticket from California. With my travel buddy, I camped my way around Maui, spending my days hiking in cloud forests, atop volcanoes and along deserted beaches on ancient Hawaiian footpaths. We ate guava straight from the tree, and though we had ambitions to do our own spearfishing, we settled for plate lunches and poi from local markets.

Not only was this one of the best trips I ever took, it was also one of the cheapest and most eco-conscious. That's what keeps drawing me back to the islands time and again, to live, work, volunteer and most of all, trek.

If you want to learn more about hiking, backpacking and camping all across the Hawaiian Islands, join me as I take my eco-travel slideshow talk on the road to San Francisco Bay Area REI stores during June and July. All events are free, open to the public (advance sign-ups online recommended; just click the links below) and start at 7:00 p.m. Hope to see everyone there!

June 28: REI Berkeley
July 25: REI Saratoga
July 26: REI Marina

Photo: Haleakala National Park (Michael Connolly, Jr.)