By Hannah Bernard, Executive Director
For 20 years, Roger Gildersleeve helped expand HWF's
marine naturalist program, working with
Trilogy Excursions and his childhood friends the Coon brothers.
Roger led the tour boat industry by starting the movement to ban fish feeding on tour boats, a change that has helped maintain
a healthier ecosystem on
Since HWF's inception in 1996, we have worked closely with the visitor industry. Hundreds of marine naturalists trained through
our educational programs have helped reduce potential impacts to the environment by enhancing the educational component aboard many of Maui's charter boats.
Roger holds a special place in Maui's alliance of ocean
protectors. In 2002, he started working with Makena Boat Partners and brought HWF with him.
Using Makena's tour boat
Kai Kanani II as a platform, HWF
naturalists have shared with generations of snorkelers ways they too
stewards of the sea.
In this time of mourning, we join Rogers friends and family
in celebrating his life and his important work. Services for Roger
will be held on Jan 26 at 4 pm in Kihei at
Hope Community Chapel.
The ocean and HWF have lost a great friend in Roger, but his
legacy lives on. At the request of Roger's family, the
"Roger Gildersleeve Memorial Fund" has been established. Proceeds will go to HWF
to continue Roger's efforts to ensure a healthier ocean for future generations.
> Donate to Roger's Fund