This 11-acre historic camp is perfect for those hoping to renew their connection to the environment, and perhaps the extended family. Rent simple camp cottages or pitch a tent for a weekend retreat or a family reunion. Island-style cottages have single-and bunk-beds, picnic areas and barbecue grills. The pool can be rented on weekends and open fields provide endless ideas for sports entertainment.
Camp Keanae (YMCA MAUI)
These campsites and cottages are isolated yet fully refurnished and located near the Keanae Peninsula, half-way to Hana. Coed dorms are tent camping are $17 per person per night, or $35 per family tent. Cottages sleep four people and run $125 per night.
The Pipeline Lodge at Meleanas Farm
This green lodge on the North Shore of Oahu is big enough for the whole family and is situated at the top of an organic farm property. Scenic views, hiking in an 1,100-acre nature preserve, and a five minute walk to the beach. There are four bedrooms and two baths, two floors, and each floor can be rented separately. Reserve a $25 CSA basket or schedule a farm tour. Located directly across from the Banzai Pipeline’s surf mecca, bike paths run three miles along the coast.
The house is complete with solar hot water and a PV system, eco-friendly soaps and cleaners, fabrics and linens, water filters and reusable bags.
The following are members of the “Green” Hotels Association. These environmentally-friendly hotels have programs to save water and save energy. [Greenhotels.com] for more info.
Hale Akua Garden Farm
Sixteen beautiful rooms situated on a certified organic farm on the Big Island and Maui. They’re considering offering classes in permaculture and organic farming in the future. A member of the Green Hotels Association.
Setting a green standard in Waikiki, the hotel’s Planet Renew eco-programs offer dramatic comfort and style all in the spirit of wellness. A perfect staycation escape.
Aqua resorts says that while redesigning many of their Waikiki hotels, they’ll be instituting eco-friendly policies and procedures. Aqua Aloha Surf Waikiki was the first of the Aqua properties to install green key switches in all of their guest rooms, and, recently, the Best Western Plus Coconut Waikiki Hotel became the second. How do they work? A guest places the key into the thermostat control, and as the guest exits, all lights are turned off and the other energy controls go into an energy-saving mode.
Two years ago, Aqua Bamboo Waikiki received a Hawaii Green Business Award, and was among nine other hotels and resorts recognized for their efforts in environmentally friendly business practices. In 2009, the Aqua Bamboo Spa saved more than 15,771 gallons of water, more than 7 cubic yards of waste from Hawaii’s landfill and 135 pounds of air pollution. And to top it off, the spa saved over 9,000 kilowatt hours of energy.
Waikiki Parc Hotel & Halekulani
Known to most of us as a chic urban living alternative, and the home of one of our favorite sushi spots–Nobu Waikiki–the Waikiki Parc Hotel recently received an Energy Star certification.
“This marks our first major step in our long-term goal to become a green hotel, says hotel manager Julie Arigo. “And it reflects our commitment to sustainability and the local and global environment.
The hotel’s 297 rooms offer guests a method for replacing conventional disposable batteries with rechargeable ones, and their spa recently shifted to waterless pedicures.
At the Parc’s sister hotel, the Halekulani, a major difference is GMO-free dining at Orchids restaurant. The non-GMO menu, started at Orchids last year, sources green-friendly whenever possible.
And according to Diane Ako, director of public relations for the Halekulani Corp., “We’ve moved away from paper bags and totes to re-usable types. We purchase sustainable and compostable take-out wares and paper products. With regards to food, we purchase GMO-free and organic for specific uses.”
Ako says they also try to minimize their deliveries to the hotels by promoting consolidation, thus saving vendors fuel costs and leaving a smaller carbon footprint. –additional reporting by Tiffany Hervey