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Mauna Kea Resort champions energy-saving culture


Hawaii Energy and Mauna Kea Resort have teamed up to present “Sharing the Aloha: Energy Efficiency Workshops” to educate over 1,000 Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel employees on energy-saving measures.

They are the first on the Big Island to offer the Hawaii Energy workshops.

The workshops were presented by Helen Pelekai Wai, a recognized educator on homeownership and energy literacy, who provided employees on highly effective ways to conserve energy and discussed ideas to adopt these measures at work and home.

“At Mauna Kea Resort, we recognize the critical role in instilling an energy-saving culture for our community. We consider a workshop like ‘Sharing the Aloha’ as a priority in our efforts to reduce energy consumption and educate our team members,” said Jon Gersonde, Prince Resorts Hawaii Vice President of Operations.

Mauna Kea Resort has been committed to applying energy-efficient practices at its properties for many years.

Through its No Na Mamo (for our future generations) program, green measures such as the installation of light switch timers and use of compact fluorescent bulbs in guestrooms were implemented to create a sustainable and comfortable environment for hotel guests and employees.

“We have significantly improved this popular ‘local-style’ community workshop about invaluable energy-saving information by presenting easily adaptable energy-saving tips that are tremendously useful at both the employees’ homes and the resort,” said Derrick Sonoda, Hawaii Energy Transformational Program Manager. “Helen has helped countless island families make small behavioral adjustments that yield real cost savings.”

Hawaii Energy began offering “Sharing the Aloha: Energy Efficiency Workshops” in 2011 to address the need for free community education to assist residents with escalating energy costs. The workshops are conducted throughout the year on Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui and Hawaii Island.

Hawaii Energy is a ratepayer-funded conservation and efficiency program administered by Leidos Engineering, LLC, under contract with the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission, serving the islands of Hawaii, Lanai, Maui, Molokai and Oahu.

Hawaii Energy offers cash rebates and other incentives to residents and businesses to help offset the cost of installing energy-efficient equipment.

In addition to rebates, the program conducts education and training for residents, businesses and trade allies to encourage the adoption of energy conservation behaviors and efficiency measures.

The program plays an important role in helping to achieve Hawaii’s goal of reducing total electric energy usage by 30 percent or 4.3 billion kWh by 2030.

The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel offers 258 luxury guestrooms and suites in two buildings overlooking the natural white sand Kauna‘oa Beach – rated the best beach in the Hawaiian Islands by top travel authorities.

Laurance S. Rockefeller, who founded The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel in 1965, is reputed to have said, “Every great beach deserves a great hotel.” Almost 50 years later, the inviting timeless ambience of Mauna Kea remains a landmark of luxury on the Big Island’s sunny Kohala Coast.

Equally famous is the hotel’s Robert Trent Jones, Sr. designed Mauna Kea championship golf course, recently updated by Rees Jones and with the addition of a new clubhouse.

An 11-court Seaside Tennis Club and exceptional facilities for shopping, dining, recreation and spouse and children’s programs combine to offer a truly distinctive and pleasurable vacation experience.

Opened in 1994, the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel shares 1,839 acres of oceanfront paradise with the legendary Mauna Kea Beach Hotel.

Perfectly nestled into the bluffs above sun-splashed Hapuna Beach, the hotel has a breathtaking architecture that enhances without intruding on the magnificent natural landscape.

Hapuna offers 350 guestrooms, including 36 oceanfront suites and the famed 8,000 square-foot freestanding Hapuna Suite. Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay designed its popular links-style 18-hole golf course.

The two hotels combined offer a total of 608 guestrooms and 100,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, with on-site business and AV centers, and full time banquet and conference services staff.

Prince Resorts Hawaii, Inc., operates three hotels in Hawaii: the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki on Oahu, and the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel and Mauna Kea Beach Hotel on the Big Island.

The company also operates three golf courses: Hawaii Prince Golf Club, Hapuna Golf Course and Mauna Kea Golf Course.

Prince Resorts Hawaii is committed to providing gracious island hospitality with exceptional value and offers its guests no mandatory resort fees at all three properties.

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