Judith Fox-Goldstein, Consultant & Senior Advisor
Internationally recognized in the field of Higher Education Administration, Educational Tourism and Event Management, Judith has set the bar extremely high in the field of organizational management and sustainable tourism. A prolific grants writer and public speaker, Judith was also recognized as Hawai‘i’s first CFEE (Certified Festival and Events Executive). The award was presented by the International Festival and Events Association.
Dedicated to outreach and community service, Judith has spent the last year as President of the Hawai‘i Island Chamber of Commerce, a Trustee on the Board of Lyman House Museum, and a dedicated board Member of Destination Hilo in addition to directing the University of Hawai‘i’s award-winning Conference Center.
Selected as one of Hawai‘i’s “Top Ten Business Women” in 2009 (Pacific Business News), Judith is also an Athena Recipient, SBA (Small Business Administration) “Minority Advocate in the State”, and noted public speaker, Judith received her B.A. in Theatre Arts and Communication and continues graduate studies in the fields of Higher Educational Administration, Travel & Tourism and her never-ending passion in the field of gerontology.
Her extensive experience in the Visitor Industry contributed to her vision for developing one of the most compelling travel education programs in the nation…The Hawaiian EDventure Program. The program, (a “Best Practice” awardee) is included in a new book published by the Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association entitled, “Best Practices”; Hana Pono (Volume I) – A joyful celebration of Hawaiian culture.
Inspired by the depth of wisdom (mana‘o) and talent present within the Hawaiian culture, and a driving passion for sustainable tourism, Judith developed the Hawaiian EDventure Program over 20 years ago. Excited by the idea of creating educational and learning vacations, group travel, sustainable and experiential education, Judith responded to the call by bringing a team of very talented people together to create Hawai‘i’s premier EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL travel program.
With the Big Island as the backdrop for this unique travel program, every visitor, from elementary school children to life-long learners, can be inspired through hands-on learning experiences bringing them up-close and personal with Hawaiian culture, Hawai‘i’s extraordinary environment (‘aina) and the beauty and warmth shared by the Hawaiian people through their spirit of Aloha!
Through her work as “Minority Advocate” for the state of Hawai‘i, Judith has used her skills and passion to showcase both the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo and the grandeur of the diversity of Hawai‘i’s Big Island. “There is no better place on earth for eco and sustainable tourism and we are committed to protecting this very special and sacred place through the perpetuation of our culture and respect for our heritage and our Kūpuna (elders).
Judith likes to use the phrase “Nanā I Ke Kumu” (Going back to our roots) as she explains the foundational precepts of the Hawaiian EDventure Program. It’s a testament to our commitment to providing a “sense of place” and authentic experiences for all of our visitors. There is nothing that can’t be achieved through education, sharing cultural values and developing sustaining collaborations and friendships throughout the world!
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