Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, March, 2017 – Paradise Helicopters is the first & only helicopter-tour company in the state to be awarded a Sustainable Tourism Certification from the Hawai‘i Ecotourism Association (HEA). This prestigious statewide certification is awarded to companies that successfully complete a rigorous three-step evaluation process covering environmental responsibility, staff and interpretation management, as well as marketing execution and a consumer review. HEA’s evaluation of Paradise noted: Strict adherence to safety protocols; staff knowledge about the areas Paradise serves; efforts to reduce noise pollution while in flight; work with communities and organizations; and the efficient use of air and ground transportation to reduce environmental impact.
In addition, Paradise was recognized by the HEA for its Carbon Offset Program, which supports the reforestation of native trees in Hawaiʻi through Legacy Carbon. Announced in fall 2016, the program allows guests to purchase certified carbon credits that will offset the environmental impact of their flight. This option is offered on most Paradise flights, which span Hawaiʻi Island, Oahu, Maui and Lanai, for $6 a seat on tours under 90 minutes and $8 a seat on tours of 90 minutes or more.
Carbon offsets are standard on select flights, including the Volcano-Eco Landing on Hawaiʻi Island that offers service to the Hawaiian Legacy Forest where many of the trees are reforested, as well as all charter experiences.
“We are proud to be the first air-tour company to offer carbon-neutral flights and to earn this certification for our commitment to environmentally responsible operations and community stewardship under our Hoomaluo Program,” said Calvin Dorn, chief executive officer of Paradise Helicopters. “We are expanding our partnership with Legacy Carbon this spring to offer complimentary tours for guests who sponsor the planting of trees for permanent reforestation.”
To book a tour and participate in the new Carbon Offset Program, add a carbon offset upgrade to any tour at checkout.