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Island of Hawai‘i Pono Pledge

  • I pledge to be pono (righteous) on the island of Hawai‘i.

  • I will mindfully seek wonder,

    but not wander where I do not belong.

  • I will not defy death for breathtaking photos,

    or venture beyond safety.

  • I will mālama (care for) land and sea,

    and admire wildlife only from afar.

  • Molten lava will mesmerize me,

    but I will not disrupt its flow.

  • I will not take what is not mine,

    leaving lava rocks and sand as originally found.

  • I will heed ocean conditions,

    never turning my back to the Pacific.

  • When rain falls ma uka (inland),

    I will remain high above ground, out of rivers and streams.

  • I will embrace the island’s aloha spirit,

    as it embraces me.

  • Lawe i ka maʻalea i kūʻonoʻono.

    “Take Wisdom and Make it Deep.”

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