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Tabippo Japanese Travel Influencers,
“Let’s pass down beautiful Hawaiʻi to the future”

Cover Image: Mālama Hawaiʻi Week attendees dress up and have fun exploring Bishop Museum’s sustainability initiatives in October 2022. Photo courtesy of Hawaiʻi Tourism Japan.
Cover Image: Bishop Museum team stands near Hawaiian Hall to welcome the group with oli. Photo courtesy of Hawaiʻi Tourism Japan.

In October 2022, the Bishop Museum Corporate Relations team, in partnership with Hawaiʻi Tourism Japan and Tabippo, hosted select Japanese travel influencers on campus in Atherton Hālau and Bowman Hālau Wa‘a. 

The Mālama Hawaiʻi Influencer event hosted by Hawaiʻi Tourism Japan (HTJ) took place from October 13-18, 2022 and welcomed 12 influencers and 30 messengers who are considered social media influencers in Japan. Most of the attendees were in there 20s and 30s and have interests in traveling and high degree of environmental consciousness. 

HTJ conducted this program along with Tabippo, a travel media company, sharing Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority’s message of Mālama Hawaiʻi. 

TABIPPO is a company created by a traveler who has traveled around the world to promote travel in Japan. Established in 2010, it became a stock company in April 2014, four years later. We are developing our business with a simple desire to help more people take the first step towards their journey.

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. 

Cover Image: Education Programs Manager Kapalikūokalani Maile speaks about the Native Garden and how we are using it to educate the community. Photo courtesy of Hawaiʻi Tourism Japan.

Focusing on sustainability, the event started with small group tours showcasing areas of the Museum relative to our sustainability initiatives: Hawaiian Hall, the Native Garden, and Parley AIR Station. Following the tours, attendees sat for a presentation in Atherton Hālau by Bishop Museum’s Curator of Sustainability, Dr. Chris Hobbs. Visitors were able to enjoy island-style cuisine served by Nui Kealoha Catering along with a live demonstration of pounding taro, or paʻi ʻai. 

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.   

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.    

Image: Asia Pacific Educator Noriko Hirooka shares a brief history of Hawaiian Hall with the group. Photo courtesy of Hawaiʻi Tourism Japan.

Image: Mālama Hawaiʻi Week attendees learn more about plastic waste and ocean sustainability efforts at the Parley AIR Station. Photo courtesy of Hawaiʻi Tourism Japan.

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