Save the planet and some money with tips from scientists
The Union of Concerned Scientists offers these tips for green travel and says some of the greenest choices can also save money.
BIRD'S-EYE TOURS OF VOLCANIC FIELD, RAINFOREST, COAST 20 PERCENT OFF
Big Island volcanic activity has had an exceptional year. Visitors to the Big Island can get a bird's-eye view of some of the planet's newest landscape with Paradise Helicopters, which is offering 20 percent off all its Big Island tours. Discounted tours include the Jack's Lava House Landing tour, a 75-minute adventure that flies passengers to see the lava from the air and then lands for a 30-minute self-guided walk out on to the lava field, $212.62 per person. Other tours include the Waipi'o Valley, rainforest, waterfall and Kohala coastline adventures. 866-876-7422, www.paradisecopters.com.
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PROTECTION WITH ALOHA STYLE
For Hawai'i travelers who opt to wear a respirator mask to help avoid exposure to illness such as the H1N1 flu virus, there are Aloha Masks.
Aloha Masks are safety-rated respirator masks with aloha designs. They're made from top-of-the-line NIOSH-certified N95 respiratory masks, recommended for protection against transmission viruses like the flu. Aloha Masks are custom-printed in Hawai'i with a non-toxic, skin-safe and odor-free design.
Enterprising Island travelers wanted a way to help make their young kids a little more comfortable about wearing a mask and taking safety precautions, which blossomed into an idea to put a little aloha into staying healthy. The mask comes in a red, black or green hibiscus design and costs $9.50 (a portion of proceeds from each mask sold goes to a Hawai'i charity). www.alohamasks.com, 382-0406.