But what exactly was this event about? And what does it have to do with swimming with dolphins in the ocean, or hiking the Manoa Falls trail? Most importantly, what does it mean if you want to better understand the local culture and history of Hawaii?
Before we dive into the details of the event, let’s go back in time and look at how this whole thing started.
A Brief History of Dolphins and You
Back in the 70’s and 80’s a woman named Terry Pinney took people out from Mākua Beach to snorkel and swim near the local spinner dolphins. It was a “spiritual” exploration, meant to help people connect with their hearts and discovery their true selves.
When Richard Holland went on this excursion 29 years ago it changed his life. It just so happened that Terry was planning to close the business and move to the mainland. She offered to sell it to Rich and the rest was history.
After finding an investment partner, he started building Dolphins and You into a sustainable business. He focused on not only honoring the amazing marine life, but also integrated native Hawaiian culture into the dolphin swim experience. He focused on a respect for the land and sea through sustainable and eco-friendly practices.