Presentation Title

The Impact Of The Terrestrial Basking Event Of Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles On Visitors At Ho'okipa, Maui

Format of Presentation

15-minute lecture to be presented the Saturday of the conference

Location

IB 1020

Start Date

24-3-2018 4:15 PM

End Date

24-3-2018 4:30 PM

Abstract

Marine resources are central to many tourism destinations. For the United States, the second most visited country in the world, marine tourism generates 85% of its tourist revenue. In 2016, tourists to the U.S. voted Maui as the best island for the 23rd consecutive year for marine tourism. Its beaches are special for green sea turtles, which emerge from the ocean to bask on the sand at Ho’okipa Beach Park. Terrestrial basking is behaviour unique to specific populations of green sea turtles located in Hawai’i, the Galapagos, and Western Australia. The daily event in Maui, draws approximately 500 visitors. On the beach, a local non-profit, Hawai’i Wildlife Fund, uses interpretation as a visitor management strategy to protect the turtles listed as ‘threatened’ under the Endangered Species Act. The goal of this research is to examine the impact of the terrestrial basking event of Hawaiian green sea turtles on visitors at Ho’okipa, Maui. The objective is to identify if visitors transition into more responsible marine tourists through their interaction with the turtles. This research will summarize preliminary results of a random intercept survey administered in partnership with the Hawai’i Wildlife Fund of approximately 400 visitors over 8 weeks during the summer of 2017. Qualitative and quantitative results will profile visitor satisfaction, learning, attitudes, and behaviour changes adapted from Orams’ model of marine-tourist interaction.

Department

Tourism Management

Faculty Advisor

John Hull

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Mar 24th, 4:15 PM Mar 24th, 4:30 PM

The Impact Of The Terrestrial Basking Event Of Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles On Visitors At Ho'okipa, Maui

IB 1020

Marine resources are central to many tourism destinations. For the United States, the second most visited country in the world, marine tourism generates 85% of its tourist revenue. In 2016, tourists to the U.S. voted Maui as the best island for the 23rd consecutive year for marine tourism. Its beaches are special for green sea turtles, which emerge from the ocean to bask on the sand at Ho’okipa Beach Park. Terrestrial basking is behaviour unique to specific populations of green sea turtles located in Hawai’i, the Galapagos, and Western Australia. The daily event in Maui, draws approximately 500 visitors. On the beach, a local non-profit, Hawai’i Wildlife Fund, uses interpretation as a visitor management strategy to protect the turtles listed as ‘threatened’ under the Endangered Species Act. The goal of this research is to examine the impact of the terrestrial basking event of Hawaiian green sea turtles on visitors at Ho’okipa, Maui. The objective is to identify if visitors transition into more responsible marine tourists through their interaction with the turtles. This research will summarize preliminary results of a random intercept survey administered in partnership with the Hawai’i Wildlife Fund of approximately 400 visitors over 8 weeks during the summer of 2017. Qualitative and quantitative results will profile visitor satisfaction, learning, attitudes, and behaviour changes adapted from Orams’ model of marine-tourist interaction.