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Hawaii Business Green Practices

L‍auren George

Posted on May 3, 2018 in News
Hawaii State Energy Office
For Immediate Release: May 3, 2018


HONOLULU—This year’s awards for the Hawaii Green Business Program include innovative solutions to going green. A hotel that grows its own herbs on a rooftop garden and a community college that cut its electricity bill by 25 percent by installing energy management equipment are among the award recipients. A total of 26 businesses, organizations and events were recognized today for undertaking energy efficiency and sustainable business practices that will help their bottom line while advancing Hawaii’s clean energy goals.


“The recipients of the Hawaii Green Business Program awards have demonstrated that becoming greener and more sustainable not only benefits our environment, it makes good business sense,” Gov. David Ige said. “And by working to reduce Hawaii’s reliance on imported fossil fuels they are also helping us reach our clean energy goals,” he said. The businesses and events were recognized during the Hawaii Green Business Program (HGBP) awards ceremony. HGBP provides technical assistance to businesses committed to operating in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. The awards were presented by Gov. Ige and hosted by the Hawaii State Energy Office (HSEO), a division within the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT), and the Department of Health (DOH).


“We applaud this diverse group of businesses, non-profits and events for taking bold and creative steps to save energy and reduce waste,” said DBEDT Director Luis P. Salaveria. “Through their efforts they can earn a return on their investment while strengthening Hawaii’s economic, environmental and energy security.”


From 2009 through 2018 HGBP has assisted and recognized more than 100 businesses and government entities, from the hospitality, commercial office, retail, restaurant and food service sectors, resulting in the following savings:


22.7 million kilowatt hours of electricity (enough to power 3,531 homes for one year)

203.2 million gallons of water

$6.4 million in electricity costs


The honorees of this year’s Hawaii Green Business Awards are:


  • Hale Koa Hotel
  • Hokulani Waikiki by Hilton Grand Vacations
  • Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach
  • Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa
  • The Kahala Hotel and Resort
  • Marriott Maui Ocean Club
  • The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua
  • The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas
  • Hawaii Convention Center
  • Waialae Country Club
  • Ferraro Choi
  • Hawaii Pacific University, Aloha Tower Marketplace
  • Honeywell Smart Energy
  • Lanikai Juice
  • Valley Isle Excursions
  • Windward Community College
  • Whole Foods Market Kahala





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L‍auren George

Senior Director, Corporate Communications
Hilton Grand Vacations
P: 1-407-613-8431