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Sustainability

The legacy of developer and passionate conservationist Laurance S. Rockefeller is cornerstone to Mauna Kea Resort’s decades-long efforts to honor, celebrate, and malama (care for) our island home. We are pleased to share some of our recent initiatives here.

Mauna Kea Resort Honey

Mauna Kea Resort is buzzing with excitement with new apiaries and the debut of Mauna Kea Resort Honey. Beehives have a significant positive impact on the local environment. By establishing honeybees in the area, we help provide pollination for local farming, flowers, and native plant production.

Embracing Sustainability

Our sustainability mission is to share a timeless experience for generations, serving our guests, families, the community, and environment. In 2017, we published a comprehensive sustainability case study, through an independent third party, showing transparency in operations related to the environment, community, and economy. The study incorporated the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework to show local and global impacts which protect the planet, promote peace, and encourage prosperity.

Embracing Sustainability

Our sustainability mission is to share a timeless experience for generations, serving our guests, families, the community, and environment. In 2017, we published a comprehensive sustainability case study, through an independent third party, showing transparency in operations related to the environment, community, and economy. The study incorporated the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework to show local and global impacts which protect the planet, promote peace, and encourage prosperity.

Supporting Farm-to-School Efforts

Mauna Kea Resort’s culinary team works diligently to incorporate fresh, locally sourced ingredients into every menu.

Within the broader community, the resort supported Kohala High School’s Farm-to-School Initiative Pilot Project and their goal to replace packaged and processed foods with scratch-cooked local foods in the school’s student cafeteria.

Community Engagement
& Charitable Giving

In 2015, Mauna Kea Resort celebrated its 50th anniversary with “50 Acts of Aloha” contributing more than 700 volunteer hours and raising more than $500,000 in cash and in-kind for the community and charitable causes. Since then we have instituted 15 annual acts of aloha, including a Legacy Dinner Series of farm-to-table fundraising dinners highlighting Hawaii suppliers and supporting local scholarships. We also partner with island schools through the ClimbHI partnership LEI program to encourage career development in food and beverage, hospitality, engineering, and administration.

And, each year our team members participate in the annual Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association Visitor Industry Charity Walk. The Charity Walk occurs on Hawaii Island, Kauai, Lanai, Maui, Molokai and Oahu on the same day in May and on average more than $2 million is raised annually benefiting approximately 400 local charities.

Community Engagement
& Charitable Giving

In 2015, Mauna Kea Resort celebrated its 50th anniversary with “50 Acts of Aloha” contributing more than 700 volunteer hours and raising more than $500,000 in cash and in-kind for the community and charitable causes. Since then we have instituted 15 annual acts of aloha, including a Legacy Dinner Series of farm-to-table fundraising dinners highlighting Hawaii suppliers and supporting local scholarships. We also partner with island schools through the ClimbHI partnership LEI program to encourage career development in food and beverage, hospitality, engineering, and administration.

And, each year our team members participate in the annual Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association Visitor Industry Charity Walk. The Charity Walk occurs on Hawaii Island, Kauai, Lanai, Maui, Molokai and Oahu on the same day in May and on average more than $2 million is raised annually benefiting approximately 400 local charities.

Volunteerism & Alliances
to Help the Environment

We are proud to have engaged employees participate in our cross-departmental Green Team to implement and champion sustainability initiatives resort-wide. We partner with the National Park Service to provide upkeep on a portion of the Ala Kahalai National Historic Trail, a 175-mile trail that traverses our property; our team helps keep this culturally significant route clean, safe, and beautiful, with access for all. We also work with the Nature Conservancy and University of Hawaii, Hilo to conduct ongoing studies to establish baselines, collect data, protect coral reefs and to keep pollutants from entering the ocean.

Energy & Water Conservation

Mauna Kea Resort’s Green Program encourages guests to support environmental efforts through the reuse of towels and linens to conserve water and energy. Throughout the resort we use LED lighting and occupancy sensors, energy efficient appliances, hardware, boilers and steam plate heat exchangers. Hybrid equipment is used at our golf courses where 25 percent recycled water is availed for irrigation.

Energy & Water Conservation

Mauna Kea Resort’s Green Program encourages guests to support environmental efforts through the reuse of towels and linens to conserve water and energy. Throughout the resort we use LED lighting and occupancy sensors, energy efficient appliances, hardware, boilers and steam plate heat exchangers. Hybrid equipment is used at our golf courses where 25 percent recycled water is availed for irrigation.

Recycling & Waste Reduction

We have a 51 percent waste diversion rate, signifying waste diverted from landfills. Resort efforts include composting green waste and recycling. Mauna Kea Resort partners with All One Ocean by donating large used foil coffee bags for reuse to gather trash during shoreline cleaning projects.

Biodiversity

Efforts to support native wildlife and flora are ongoing. Our onsite population of Nene Geese, an endangered species and Hawaii’s state bird, has increased by 300 percent over the past three years through protection and education efforts. We are increasing plant growth native to Hawai’i by implementing natural solutions to pesticide reduction such as the use of beneficial insects to attack pests on ornamental plants. Increasing native plants within resort landscaping also decreases water and pesticide usage.

Biodiversity

Efforts to support native wildlife and flora are ongoing. Our onsite population of Nene Geese, an endangered species and Hawaii’s state bird, has increased by 300 percent over the past three years through protection and education efforts. We are increasing plant growth native to Hawai’i by implementing natural solutions to pesticide reduction such as the use of beneficial insects to attack pests on ornamental plants. Increasing native plants within resort landscaping also decreases water and pesticide usage.

Sourcing Responsibly

We are proud to support the local economy by sourcing 95 percent of our fish and dairy, 85 percent of produce, and beef locally. Suppliers are asked to adhere to our Supplier Code of Conduct to ensure fair labor treatment, safety, ethical operations, and environmental responsibility. Environmental and local supplier criteria are incorporated into our supply chain vetting process. Responsible sourcing includes the elimination of sun care products containing Oxybenzone to protect coral reefs; eliminating plastic straws to protect marine life; and reducing non-biodegradable waste, as well as implementing salt systems and natural products in our freshwater pools.