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The Kahala Hotel & Resort's Commitment to Sustainability

Earning recognition for 5 consecutive years from the Governor and the State of Hawaii, The Kahala Hotel & Resort has served as an industry leader in the Hawaiian Islands in implementing sustainable practices in daily operations for over 5 decades. By collaborating with our owners, vendors and business partners, we have actively worked to lessen the environmental footprint of our daily operations through conserving natural resources, minimizing waste and pollution and raising environmental awareness among our employees, guests and community.

 

As a 2022 recipient of the Hawaii Green Business Program Award, The Kahala Hotel & Resort is deeply committed to preserving Oahu’s land, ocean and culture for generations to come. We thank you for joining us in our mission.

Green Initiatives at The Kahala Hotel & Resort

 

Energy Efficiency

  • 90,800 KWH saving between the 2017 and 2018 by replacing incandescent and CFL’s bulbs to LED’s.
  • 1.25% reduction in total energy usage and 4.05% reduction in energy consumption average per room (based on monthly usage to occupancy between 2017 and 2018.
  • Lighting retrofits continue throughout the property with light sensors and LED replacement.
  • We are working with Ameresco to conduct an energy audit to determine potential areas of improvements with efficiency, reliability, and energy saving in mind.
  • Air-conditioning and lighting systems for the property are on an Energy Management System.
  • A/C programmable digital thermostats in guestrooms will turn off the fan coil unit upon opening guestroom lanai door.
  • Ceiling fans installed in all guestrooms can be used as an alternative for A/C.
  • Blackout drapes installed in all guestrooms.
  • Heat produced by the chiller system is used to heat outdoor swimming pool.
  • Variable frequency speed drives have been installed on major equipment.
  • Thermal sliding-glass doors and windows reduce heat in guestrooms.
  • ENERGY STAR equipment is used wherever possible.
  • Energy efficient washers and dryers have dampness sensors.
  • High efficiency hot water heaters for domestic use and laundry.
  • High efficiency motors for elevators.
  • Booster heaters for dishwashers.
  • Preventive maintenance measures for guestrooms, kitchens, and laundry areas.

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Water Conservation

  • Deep water wells are used to cool chiller system, which saves the property approximately 380,000 kwh every year in electricity use by not using two cooling towers. 
  • Approximately 320,000 Ibm are saved per year on CO2 for each cooling tower.
  • 8.6 gpm of evaporation for each cooling tower save approximately 4,520,610 gallons of water a year operating at 70 percent capacity.
  • All guestrooms feature low‐flow showerheads, low‐flow toilets, and low‐flow sink aerators providing an estimated reduction in water usage by 40 to 50 percent.
  • Landscaping timers are used along with drought‐resistant plants.
  • Water efficient timers used in laundry room which reduces laundry cycles.

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Recycling

  • Our Daily Communication Form (DCF) describes recycling efforts for employees and departments.
  • We have a suggestion box for employees to offer ideas.
  • We conduct quarterly community beach and neighborhood clean ups.
  • A green waste recycle roll-off is located at a central point for the landscaping company to use. Plant material is sent to Campbell Industrial Park for composting.
  • Cooking oil is collected and processed with Pacific Biodiesel.
  • Food waste recycling is picked up by FB farms.
  • The resort recycles aluminum cans, bottles, glass, office paper, corrugated cardboard, and newspapers.
  • Guest bottles and cans are recycled by our housekeeping team on an individual basis.
  • The resort repurposes hotel items such as mattresses, art, furniture, dishes, linen, amenities, etc., via local charities or by selling to employees.
  • Glass cups are used in guestrooms to minimize waste.
  • We work with vendors to minimize product packaging, require corrugated cardboard boxes, use recyclable or reusable packaging and take-back packaging.
  • Holiday cards/mailers are now only electronically mailed to clients/guests.
  • All take out containers, utensils and bags are now compostable - no plastics.
  • Paper straws are by request only, except for smoothies.
  • Employee and guest laundry bags are now reusable - no plastics.
  • SmartPower dry dishwashing chemicals are now used in all kitchens, eliminating the carbon footprint of shipping liquids in plastic containers.

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Purchasing Reused Products

  • We purchase corporate and guest stationery with recycled content.
  • We purchase recycled content construction materials when building/remodeling when possible.
  • We recycle and use recyclable laser and copier toner cartridges.
  • Our resort’s purchasing guidelines recommend use of products with recycled content.
  • We use/return/reuse delivery crates, cartons and tubs.
  • All office paper products are at least 30% post-consumer paper.
  • We purchase Hawaiian Earth Products compost.
  • We prefer vendors who work with recycled packaging.
  • Our outlets use logo compostable plastic drinking cups.
  • We are moving toward printing menus on 100% recycled paper using only soy-based inks.

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Pollution Prevention

  • No chemicals used near lagoon marine life and the ocean.
  • Our landscapers utilize biological controls such as traps and barriers rather than chemicals and toxins whenever possible.
  • Boric acid-based products are used by housekeeping.
  • We recycle toner cartridges for copiers and printers.
  • We recycle fluorescent bulbs and batteries.
  • Employees are encouraged to use alternatives to commute to work such as carpools, buses, and bicycles.
  • The resort offers lockers and showers for employees who walk, jog, or bicycle to work.
  • Exterior of hotel and interior guest rooms and corridors are painted with environmentally friendly paint when possible.
  • No plastics are used with our completely compostable take-out program.

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Food Service

  • Chef Jonathan Mizukami prefers to use free range, organic, natural products that are ethically raised without added hormones and antibiotics.
  • The hotel sources local produce before using mainland produce when possible.
  • All of The Kahala Hotel & Resort’s 4 restaurants are now members of Surfrider Foundation’s Ocean Friendly Restaurants. The Plumeria Beach House hosted the OFR’s Pau Hana event on July 10, 2019.

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Energy Efficiency

  • 90,800 KWH saving between the 2017 and 2018 by replacing incandescent and CFL’s bulbs to LED’s.
  • 1.25% reduction in total energy usage and 4.05% reduction in energy consumption average per room (based on monthly usage to occupancy between 2017 and 2018.
  • Lighting retrofits continue throughout the property with light sensors and LED replacement.
  • We are working with Ameresco to conduct an energy audit to determine potential areas of improvements with efficiency, reliability, and energy saving in mind.
  • Air-conditioning and lighting systems for the property are on an Energy Management System.
  • A/C programmable digital thermostats in guestrooms will turn off the fan coil unit upon opening guestroom lanai door.
  • Ceiling fans installed in all guestrooms can be used as an alternative for A/C.
  • Blackout drapes installed in all guestrooms.
  • Heat produced by the chiller system is used to heat outdoor swimming pool.
  • Variable frequency speed drives have been installed on major equipment.
  • Thermal sliding-glass doors and windows reduce heat in guestrooms.
  • ENERGY STAR equipment is used wherever possible.
  • Energy efficient washers and dryers have dampness sensors.
  • High efficiency hot water heaters for domestic use and laundry.
  • High efficiency motors for elevators.
  • Booster heaters for dishwashers.
  • Preventive maintenance measures for guestrooms, kitchens, and laundry areas.

Water Conservation

  • Deep water wells are used to cool chiller system, which saves the property approximately 380,000 kwh every year in electricity use by not using two cooling towers.
  • Approximately 320,000 Ibm are saved per year on CO2 for each cooling tower.
  • 8.6 gpm of evaporation for each cooling tower save approximately 4,520,610 gallons of water a year operating at 70 percent capacity.
  • All guestrooms feature low‐flow showerheads, low‐flow toilets, and low‐flow sink aerators providing an estimated reduction in water usage by 40 to 50 percent.
  • Landscaping timers are used along with drought‐resistant plants.
  • Water efficient timers used in laundry room which reduces laundry cycles.

Recycling

  • Our Daily Communication Form (DCF) describes recycling efforts for employees and departments.
  • We have a suggestion box for employees to offer ideas.
  • We conduct quarterly community beach and neighborhood clean ups.
  • A green waste recycle roll-off is located at a central point for the landscaping company to use. Plant material is sent to Campbell Industrial Park for composting.
  • Cooking oil is collected and processed with Pacific Biodiesel.
  • Food waste recycling is picked up by FB farms.
  • The resort recycles aluminum cans, bottles, glass, office paper, corrugated cardboard, and newspapers.
  • Guest bottles and cans are recycled by our housekeeping team on an individual basis.
  • The resort repurposes hotel items such as mattresses, art, furniture, dishes, linen, amenities, etc., via local charities or by selling to employees.
  • Glass cups are used in guestrooms to minimize waste.
  • We work with vendors to minimize product packaging, require corrugated cardboard boxes, use recyclable or reusable packaging and take-back packaging.
  • Holiday cards/mailers are now only electronically mailed to clients/guests.
  • All take out containers, utensils and bags are now compostable – no plastics.
  • Paper straws are by request only, except for smoothies.
  • Employee and guest laundry bags are now reusable – no plastics.
  • SmartPower dry dishwashing chemicals are now used in all kitchens, eliminating the carbon footprint of shipping liquids in plastic containers.

Purchasing Reused Products

  • We purchase corporate and guest stationery with recycled content.
  • We purchase recycled content construction materials when building/remodeling when possible.
  • We recycle and use recyclable laser and copier toner cartridges.
  • Our resort’s purchasing guidelines recommend use of products with recycled content.
  • We use/return/reuse delivery crates, cartons and tubs.
  • All office paper products are at least 30% post-consumer paper.
  • We purchase Hawaiian Earth Products compost.
  • We prefer vendors who work with recycled packaging.
  • Our outlets use logo compostable plastic drinking cups.
  • We are moving toward printing menus on 100% recycled paper using only soy-based inks.

Pollution Prevention

  • No chemicals used near lagoon marine life and the ocean.
  • Our landscapers utilize biological controls such as traps and barriers rather than chemicals and toxins whenever possible.
  • Boric acid-based products are used by housekeeping.
  • We recycle toner cartridges for copiers and printers.
  • We recycle fluorescent bulbs and batteries.
  • Employees are encouraged to use alternatives to commute to work such as carpools, buses, and bicycles.
  • The resort offers lockers and showers for employees who walk, jog, or bicycle to work.
  • Exterior of hotel and interior guest rooms and corridors are painted with environmentally friendly paint when possible.
  • No plastics are used with our completely compostable take-out program.

Food Service

  • Chef Jonathan Mizukami prefers to use free range, organic, natural products that are ethically raised without added hormones and antibiotics.
  • The hotel sources local produce before using mainland produce when possible.
  • All of The Kahala Hotel & Resort’s 4 restaurants are now members of Surfrider Foundation’s Ocean Friendly Restaurants. The Plumeria Beach House hosted the OFR’s Pau Hana event on July 10, 2019.

The Kahala Life

The Kahala Hotel & Resort is dedicated to preserving the culture and natural beauty of Oahu.
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Kahala’s Initiative for Sustainability, Culture & the Arts

The Kahala Hotel & Resort is deeply committed to preserving Oahu’s land, ocean and culture for generations to come. So together with the Hawaii Legacy Reforestation Initiative, a non-profit organization, we created the Kahala Initiative for Sustainability, Culture and the Arts (KISCA).

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Explore Arts & Culture

Our guests can deepen their knowledge of art and culture at our treasured institutions, the Bishop Museum and I’olani Palace.

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Magical Moments

From access to a private garden, elegant waterfall or oceanwater lagoon, The Kahala Hotel & Resort offers exclusive natural green spaces that celebrate the beauty of Hawaii, making every event truly magical.

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Critical Acclaim

As the premier destination in Hawaii, The Kahala Hotel & Resort has received numerous honors over the years. Find out about The Kahala Hotel & Resort’s recent awards from the best local and international travel guides and sites.

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Families are Forever

With plenty of onsite activities, The Kahala Hotel & Resort is the perfect island getaway for you and your keiki (children).

Day 1: Fun In The Sun

  • Soak up the warm Hawaiian sunshine at our outdoor pool and hot tub. Rent a cabana for the day so you can lounge peacefully while the kids make a splash. With pool toys available for purchase, they’ll never run out of things to do! When you get hungry, there’s no need to go far. Enjoy a light meal at our poolside restaurant, Seaside Grill.
  • In the afternoon, get to know the playful Bottlenose Dolphins who live in our natural water lagoon. This experience is fun for the whole family, and you’ll get to feed, play and swim with these amazing creatures. Learn more about our partner, Dolphin Quest.
  • End the day with an oceanside dinner at Plumeria Beach House. Enjoy fresh island-inspired cuisine as you watch the sun dip below the horizon.

Day 2: Explore Waikiki

  • In the morning, let the kids indulge their creativity at our weekly Hawaiian Culture Classes, which include lei making, lauhala weaving and more.* View the calendar.
  • While they learn, why not treat yourself to a relaxing Couples Massage at the Kahala Spa? We are proud to partner with Aloha Sitters to offer child-sitting services so you can give yourself a much-deserved break. View spa services.
  • After a quick lunch at Plumeria Beach House, hop on our complimentary shuttle to the Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikiki. From there, it’s a short walk to the Waikiki Aquarium or Honolulu Zoo where your family can spend the afternoon marveling at the creatures of the deep or meeting friendly beasts from around the world.
  • Head back to your room to freshen up and enjoy cocktails and dinner service at The Veranda. Enjoy live music from local musicians every Thursday - Saturday from 6:00pm - 9:00pm. Learn more.
    *Activities are subject to change. Please see our events calendar for more information.

Day 3: Snorkel & Beach Adventure

  • Wake up bright and early to go snorkeling at the legendary Hanauma Bay. Please note that reservations must be made in advance to enter the park.
  • Return home to spend a golden afternoon on the secluded beach in front of our hotel, where the gentle waves are safe for all ages. For your convenience, we offer beach gear including snorkels and fins, bodyboards, kayaks and paddle boards.
  • Create lasting memories with a sunset photo session on the beach. As a guest, you can book a 45-minute photo shoot on our grounds with Pacific Dream Photography. Learn more.
  • Afterward, tuck into a delicious meal at Arancino’s, voted Best Italian Restaurant in Hawaii.

Sunset Sweethearts

The Kahala Hotel & Resort is a top destination for honeymoons and anniversaries. Celebrate your love with a romantic retreat to paradise.

Day 1: Discover Kahala

  • Wake up to the relaxing Hawaiian tradewinds blowing through your suite and stunning views of the mountains or sea.
  • Don’t let this luxury go to waste. Order our Grand Breakfast service delivered to your door for one-of-a-kind breakfast in bed. View menu.
  • In the afternoon, rent a pair of our cruiser bikes to explore the beautiful neighborhood of Kahala and soak in the gorgeous views. Stop by Kahala Mall to browse the stores and recharge with a light meal or beverage, or see a movie.
  • Rest a while and freshen up, then change into your evening attire and make your way to The Veranda, our open-air dining room. Visit Thursday - Saturday to sip delicious Mai Tais while listening to live entertainment by Hawaii’s top local talent.

Day 2: Indulge Your Senses

  • On your second day, rent a car at our on-property car rental desk and head west for a leisurely drive around Diamond Head. If it’s a Saturday, stop by the KCC Farmer’s Market to sample fresh produce and browse handcrafted gifts. Afterward, continue on to the eclectic neighborhood of Kaimuki, known for its vibrant art and food scene.
  • After returning for a short nap, head to the Kahala Spa for our signature Romance Treatment, which includes a customized full-body massage, a deep soak tub with rose petals and a soothing facial.
  • At sunset, head down to Hoku’s for a decadent four-course dinner. With views of the ocean and a selection of wine fines, it’s the perfect place end a night a paradise.

Day 3: Lover’s Retreat

  • On your last morning, indulge in a late start to your day.
  • After brunch at Plumeria Beach House, head to the Honolulu Museum of Art for a guided tour of Shangri La, a historic Islamic-inspired estate perched on Black Point.
  • Return back home to rest, or read a good book by the pool.
  • At golden hour, take a romantic walk on our stunning shoreline, hand-in-hand. Have your cocktails hand-delivered from Seaside Grill as you enjoy happy hour on the beach.
  • For dinner, book a table for two at Arancino’s and savor the elegant flavors of Italy over a bottle of wine.