New Year's Resolution Trips
Courtesy of the Hawaii Nature Center
Resolution: Help Green the Earth
Where to Go: Maui
What to Do: Okay, so you took a giant, fuel-eating plane to get here (at least you shared it with other people), but you’re in a place where you can become a hands-on environmental steward. The Hawaii Nature Center offers “Volun-tourism” projects where you can, say, help restore wetlands (808/244-6500; hawaiinaturecenter.org), while the Sierra Club offers one “volunteer vacation,” among others, where you can help stabilize an archaeological site while also taking time to snorkel and watch whales (415/977-5500; sierraclub.org).
Where to Stay: The Fairmont Kea Lani is pretty green for a big brand hotel: it recycles most of its laundry wastewater and also participates in local programs to clean beaches, protect local turtles, and restore the island’s taro plant population. —Katrina Brown Hunt