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Bishop Museum partners with Hawaiʻi Tourism Japan for Sustainability Tradeshow

Cover Image: Bishop Museum Staff gets ready for the Hawai’i Tourism Japan for Sustainability Tradeshow. Photo credit: Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority – Japan Marketing.

In June 2022, the Bishop Museum Corporate Relations team, in partnership with Hawaiʻi Tourism Japan, hosted the Japan Summit Sustainability Tradeshow on campus in Atherton Hālau and Bowman Hālau Wa‘a.

The Japan Summit hosted by Hawaiʻi Tourism Japan was a weeklong conference from June 6-9, 2022 that welcomed top executives from major Japanese tour operators. With a focus on sustainability, this tradeshow provided our NPO community partners the opportunity to connect with major international operators to share ideas, create programs and work together to build a more sustainable future.

Image: Bishop Museum educator Kapaliku Maile speaks provides information for the Sustainability Tradeshow attendees. Photo credit: Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority – Japan Marketing.

Japan has long been Hawai‘i’s largest source of international visitors. While the COVID-19 pandemic significantly reduced the number of visitor arrivals from Japan, Hawai‘i Tourism Japan leveraged the regions’ longstanding ties to advance tourism recovery efforts in 2022.

– credit Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority, Japan

Bishop Museum’s commitment to conserving some of the rarest treasures and species on the planet extends beyond conservation, collections, and science. We strive to make sustainability a core component of our mission and are committed to change by acting and instituting sustainable practices throughout our organization.  

The event started with small group tours highlighting four areas of the Museum – Hawaiian Hall, the Native Garden, Parley AIR Station and finished with a presentation in Atherton Hālau by Curator of Sustainability, Dr. Chris Hobbs. Following the tours, attendees could meet and greet NPO community partners while grazing on locally grown, island style cuisine served by Nui Kealoha Catering and Holo Holo Gourmet.

“Our participants were able to learn about not only Hawaiian culture, history, nature, but also, sustainability initiatives of Bishop Museum through the presentation. The agents were able to exchange the conversation with NPO staff and gather information. We are so grateful for being in partnership with Bishop Museum.” – Kimiko Quan, Hawaiʻi Tourism Japan

Mahalo to our NPOs and food vendors for their attendance!

– Bishop Museum Sustainability

– Oʻahu Invasive Species Committee

– Surfrider Foundation

– Kākoʻo ʻŌiwi

– Hawai‘i Wildlife Center

– Hawai‘i Local2030 Hub

– Sustainable Coastlines

– Parley for the Oceans

– Nui Kealoha Catering

– Holo Holo Gourmet Catering

As the primary source of Pacific-based knowledge that inspires solutions for a sustainable future, Bishop Museum is committed to protecting the environment and reducing its footprint by implementing sustainable actions. We are also developing and delivering sustainability curriculums, programs, and exhibits.   

Visit or email to learn how you can partner with us on our sustainability initiatives.

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