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Grand Wailea continues to incorporate green practices

July 9, 2009
Maui Weekly

The Grand Wailea, Maui County’s largest employer, is willingly incorporating measures to reduce water consumption and electricity use at their South Maui property. As one of the state’s leading resorts, the Grand Wailea strives to focus on the conservation of natural resources and green sustainability on a daily basis. Last year, Maui Electric Company inducted the resort into its “Energy Efficient Hall of Fame,” and the resort also received a Hawai‘i Green Business Award for its strides in energy conservation, approximating the Grand Wailea’s savings at more than 11.5 million kilowatt hours annually since utilizing “green” measures. Energy-saving features that were introduced to the resort include upgraded, efficient air conditioning systems, programmable thermostats, energy efficient lighting and higher efficiency motors for water feature and pool systems.

The Grand Wailea has also committed to water sustainability by reducing its landscaping irrigation, which saves nearly four million gallons of water per month. Its irrigation systems are also being retrofitted to low-flow sprinkler or super-efficient drip irrigation, and even the laundry system is doing its part by utilizing recycled water and promoting the reuse of towels and linens.

The Grand Wailea has also adopted other sustainable practices such as using local and organic produce/products, offering biodegradable plates made from sugarcane in their outdoor restaurants, utilizing green waste from the resort for compost and soil, along with using light sensors/timers to make sure nothing is accidentally left on. For more information, call 875-1234 or visit



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