Everyone who visits Hawaii is changed in some way. Now we have the opportunity to change the world just by doing what we already love: enjoying Hawaii. Passports with Purpose is a way to help build a village for Dalit (untouchable) people in India by donating ten dollars, which also gives you the chance to win a very special Hawaii vacation package.
The Hawaii package includes three nights for two at any Aqua hotel in Waikiki, passes to the Waikiki Aquarium and the Polynesian Culture Center Alii Luau, and a personal food tour of Oahu with Nathan Kam, a local tourism guy who knows Hawaii and its cuisine. This package was put together by Pam Mandel, a travelblogger with a special love for Hawaii. Pam also was one of the founders of PwP. “We started PwP because we wanted to find a way to activate our community to give back to the places we love to travel,” Pam said. “Last year, we raised 30k and build a school in Cambodia. We have pictures now of the school — The Passport School, named for our organization! – and the kids that go there. With so much enthusiasm and affection for people in the places our online world traveler community loves to visit, we knew we could do something good.”
A ten-dollar donation helps build the village in India and enters you into a drawing for the package you select on the PwP website. The Hawaii vacation is just one of many. Pam is also offering the opportunity to win a ukulele, and another Hawaii package includes three nights at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel on the Big Island of Hawaii.
The drawing will be on
, so visit passportswithpurpose.com before then to donate. Each prize package has different restrictions, be sure to read about them before you click. Pam’s Hawaii package is called “Waikiki Stay and Activities Package.” Although it includes all the cool stuff, it does not include air fare and must be used by December 7, 2011 (a year from now).
Your love of Hawaii can change the lives of people a world away. As Pam says, “We knew we could use our network to make a difference in the lives of people who don’t have the good fortune that we have. We were right and we couldn’t be happier.”