The Rotary Club of Kona has been honoring local businesses in the West Hawaii community with quarterly awards for several years. The Business of The Year award recognizes recipients for their outstanding commitment to the community.
This year, the service club decided to move from quarterly awards to honoring one business that aligned with its own dedication to community service as a source for hard work and a better life in the community.
The 2010 Business of the Year Award honored Hawaii Forest & Trail for its commitment to environmental education, creating a healthy workplace and for e hoomaluo (conserve our natural resources), a program within the company designed to support and inspire the conservation of Hawaiiâ€™s natural resources through corporate giving, stewardship and sustainable business practices.
â€œThis is an exciting time for Hawaii Forest & Trail. We inspire guests everyday on our guided nature tours. Through this inspiration, we turn guests into stakeholders in Hawaii and Hawaii Forest & Trail,â€ said Hawaii Forest & Trail President and Founder Rob Pacheco. â€œAs we inspire others to conserve Hawaiiâ€™s rich natural and cultural resources, a deeper experience emerges for our visitors and community.â€
Hawaii Forest & Trail has received several awards including 2009 Rand McNally Best of the Road Editorâ€™s pick, Hot Blue 100 List, and was a recent recipient of the Ecotour Operator of the Year Award by the Hawaii Ecotourism Association.
Hawaii Forest & Trail was founded and is operated by Rob and Cindy Pacheco, who share their passion and knowledge of Hawaiiâ€™s natural beauty with visitors from all over the world. Hawaii Forest & Trailâ€™s vision is to inspire the conservation of Hawaiiâ€™s natural resources.
Most recently, Hawaii Forest & Trail Hawaii launched their new company-wide conservation initiative entitled e hoomaluo (conserve our natural resources). The program mission is to support and inspire the conservation of Hawaiiâ€™s natural resources through corporate giving, stewardship and sustainable business practices.