Besides being a state with green and beautiful islands, offering waving palm trees, gorgeous beaches and more, Hawaii is an environmentally friendly state. Each of the island communities is making positive efforts towards self-sustainability in various ways. One of these is that many areas of the islands are completely dependent on rainwater, using catchment systems and filtering for use in the home. There is no garbage collection service and each homeowner is responsible for delivering their garbage to recycling and garbage centers on the island. Electricity is expensive in Hawaii, so homeowners are encouraged to use solar energy and receive incentives for doing so. Vacationing in Hawaii can also be sustainable while staying at some of the best eco hotels in Hawaii, listed below.
The Fairmont Orchid is an environmentally friendly luxury hotel close to the beach on the Big Island. The hotel features a spa and a number of excellent restaurants and access to golf. The hotel donates re-usable items such as soaps and amenities, linens and furniture, as well as food from the buffets to local food banks, shelters and soup kitchens. Employees actively raised money for the preservation of endangered species and there is a “green contest” each year where the Green Committee competes for eco-friendly superiority. The golf course is a habitat and refuge for wildlife and local flora. Rooms feature flat-screen TVs, air conditioning and a balcony or terrace.
The Fairmont Orchid
Address: 1 North Kaniku Drive, Puako, Puako (HI), United States, 96743
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa has been awarded the Hawaii Green Business Award for the 7th consecutive year. The resort strives to operate in a cultural, socially responsible and environmental way to contribute to the sustainability of the island of Hawaii. The hotel is a five-minute walk from Waikiki Beach, Honolulu Zoo and the Duke Kahanamoku Statue on Kuhio Beach. The property features a 24-hour snack restaurant, a lobby bar and a coffee bar. A swimming pool and fitness center are available to guests on-site. Guest rooms feature TVs, a seating area and free Wi-Fi.
The Equus is a historic Honolulu boutique hotel in Waikiki, a five-minute drive from Waikiki Beach and a five-minute walk from Ala Moana Shopping Center. The hotel has a number of green practices, including all appliances are GreenStar rated, room amenities are non-toxic and biodegradable, low-flow shower heads and low-flush toilets, energy-saving lighting and a recycling program. The hotel features an outdoor pool. All rooms feature a refrigerator, microwave and Keurig coffee maker and balconies feature a city view.
Address: 1696 Ala Moana Boulevard
Volcano House Hotel is located on the edge of the volcano in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The hotel is committed to sustainable initiatives, including the sourcing of local foods, a recycling program, and has Hawaii Green Business certification and Environmental Management System certification. The property also partners with Waste Wise and Energy Star. The full-service restaurant serves island cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner and there is an on-site gift shop. All guest rooms offer views of the Halema‘uma‘u Crater or the lush rainforest. Free Wi-Fi is offered throughout.
The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club in Honolulu is a boutique hotel featuring vintage-inspired bungalows and suites. The property has an outdoor pool and the Swim Club offers poolside entertainment and cultural activities. There is an onsite boutique, Olive and Oliver and a 24-hour reception. Mahina & Sun serves dishes created with organic ingredients source from a local farmer and also features craft cocktails. The bar manager, Ross Lewis, is giving bartending a green makeover. He is doing all he can to make the bar sustainable, switching from using plastic to glass and recycling. Rooms feature a flat-screen TV, coffee machine and a private bathroom. Wi-Fi is available for a fee.
Other types of eco-friendly properties in Hawaii
Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui overlooks the Pacific Ocean and features a full-service spa and free shuttle service to the neighboring Wailea Golf Club. The resort’s Planet21 Team has launched “greening” operations in the area, including the installation of 1,528 solar panels since 2016 which generate enough electricity per year to power 139 homes. The resort has also “adopted” the neighboring Palauea beach to support the critically endangered Hawksbill sea turtle. There are also ongoing green endeavors at the resort itself. The hotel features several restaurants and bars and offers live entertainment. Guest rooms feature flat-screen TVs and a DVD player and a bathroom with a deep soaking bathtub.
Turtle Bay Resort is located on Oahu’s North Shore and offers two championship 18-hole golf courses. The resort was awarded the Hawaii Green Business Award in 2015. It was also the first resort to fit a solar roof installation giving immense energy saving to the eco-friendly resort, plus the lighting was converted to Compact Florescent Light Bulbs. There is also a resort-wide recycling program. Restaurants serve dishes made from locally sourced, organic ingredients and there are a number of bars, some offering live music. The Nalu Kinetic Spa offers a range of massages, body treatments and beauty services.
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa is located on Waikiki Beach and features a freshwater outdoor pool, hot tub, restaurants and a range of shops. The resort was awarded the Hawaii Green Business Award for the seventh consecutive year in May 2018. The resort’s management works tirelessly to facilitate environmental and cultural education and awareness across the resort and in the surrounding community. Recycling practices and the abolition of plastic water bottles is ongoing. The hotel also has a new cultural center, Ho'okela, where guests can learn local dances and how to make a lei. Guest rooms feature a satellite TV and iPod docking station and the bathroom offers Na Ho’ola Spa toiletries.
Hawaii Island Retreat at Ahu Pohaku Ho`omaluhia is located on the North Kohala coast and offers an outdoor infinity pool and sun terrace. A hot tub near the pool is heated with solar hot water panels and locker room showers use water heated by the sun. There is spa facilities and a yoga studio on site. Guest rooms feature flowers, a CD player and a bathroom with a large soaking tub. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout.
Hawaii Island Retreat at Ahu Pohaku Ho`omaluhia
Address: 250 Lokahi Rd
Spa and wellness centre Linens, towels and laundry washed in accordance with local authority guidelines Private parking 24-hour security Outdoor pool Physical distancing rules followed Staff follow all safety protocols as directed by local authorities Physical distancing in dining areas
Honua Kai Resort and Spa is an aparthotel on Kaanapali Beach in Maui. The property actively conserves energy and water and recycles to protect the beautiful surrounding natural environment. There are three swimming pools on the property including one with a water slide and the resort offers various water sports equipment for hire. There are a number of restaurants and two bars where guests can dine on Hawaiian cuisine prepared with locally sourced ingredients. Guest rooms feature a fully equipped kitchen, a flat-screen TV and a washer and tumble dryer. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property.
Honua Kai Resort and Spa
Address: 130 Kai Malina Parkway
Gift shop Grocery deliveries Outdoor pool Screens or physical barriers placed between staff and guests in appropriate areas Hot tub Guest accommodation is disinfected between stays Facilities for disabled guests Bar
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