Annette is a Hawaii resident with over twenty years experience in travel. She specializes in planning and producing custom designed ecotours for people with an interest in outdoors experiences and learning opportunities about natural and cultural resources in Hawaii and elsewhere.
Her interest in ecotourism stems from her 40 year involvement leading local and national trips and service projects for the Sierra Club. She plans and guides field trips and service trip outings for the Sierra Club’s Hawaii Chapter.
Annette was a member of the committee that planned the 1994 Hawaii State Conference on Ecotourism. She was a founding member of the Hawaii Ecotourism Association and has served on the Board of Directors for numerous terms.
Annette served eight years on the state’s Natural Area Reserves Commission and was appointed Chairperson by Hawaii’s former Governor Benjamin J. Cayetano.
Annette’s Adventures uses the lehua mamo, a form of the ‘Ohi’a lehua tree with yellow flowers, for a company logo. The ‘Ohi’a lehua (Metrosideros polymorpha) is the dominant tree in most native Hawaiian forests. A member of the myrtle family, the ‘Ohi’a lehua is an endemic species, ranging from sea level to over 8,000; elevation and from wet to dry forests. It is found only in the Hawaiian Islands. I consider the lehua mamo an extraordinary plant. Since the lehua mamo is not as common as the ‘Ohi’a lehua with red blossoms, when you discover a yellow ‘Ohi’a lehua tree in the forest, you feel privileged and very special.
‘Ohi’a lehua are among the first plants to colonize new lava flows. This pioneer spirit represents my company, Annette’s Adventures, a unique type of travel business. One of the first travel agents in the country to specialize in adventure travel and ecotourism, I offer a personalized vacation planning service to suit your interests in natural and cultural history, your sense of adventure and willingness to try something different, while also taking into consideration your physical ability, your travel budget and the length of your vacation time.
I will help you plan a vacation that is unique, like the lehua mamo.
As an advocate of sustainable tourism, Annette was asked to serve on several visitor industry committees exploring ways to create Hawaii as model for sustainability. She served on the Natural Resources Advisory Group for the Hawaii Tourism Authority in the early 2000’s.
She presented at the First US Conference on Ecotourism in Bar Harbor, Maine in September 2005, (Click Here For PowerPoint Presentation), and has attended many international conferences on adventure travel and ecotourism. Currently, Annette was on the Advisory Committee for the North American Ecotourism Conference held on September 26-28, 2007 in Madison, Wisconsin.
Annette takes delight in planning unique vacations to other destinations in addition to Hawaii, and would love to create lasting memories for you.