August 23, 2011
Ahh Hawaii. Nice beaches, high mountains, cold Pina Coladas, and… captured dolphins?
Yes, dolphins imprisoned for the entertainment of others. The location? Kona Hotel, Hilton Waikoloa Village. Here I was, at the largest hotel on the big island, so big that you will need a train or boat just to get across the entire Hilton. It is here that I discovered a dolphin lagoon run and owned by the Hilton.
At the lagoon there are approximately 7 dolphins kept there for visitors to play and swim with. You can pick from 9 different programs to have a “once in a lifetime” experience with the dolphins. You can even have a professional cameraman film you while you play with the dolphins.
Here’s a quick link showing all the special packages you can pay for to be with the dolphins. The lagoon is such a big attraction in the hotel, there is even an entire channel in the hotel’s television dedicated to those 7 dolphins owned by the Hilton.
“WOW”, I said, “People will go this far to make lots of money?” Exploiting life, second to humans, just to make lots of “moolah”. Well I will just leave at here for now. Here are some pictures and videos(videos not owned by me) to give you a visual of what I saw in Hawaii. ~ Kevin Nguyen
Kevin Nguyen took these photos during a stay at the Kona Hotel, Hilton Waikoloa Village in Hawaii. You can click on any one of these photos to visit the hotel’s website and voice your disapproval of their contribution to the dolphin trade, which is inescapably, also connected to their slaughter. We have included the videos that Kevin recommended, below.