Aqua Hospitality has rolled out its plans to celebrate Earth Day 2014, which include a volunteer cleanup and a donation to support ocean preservation.
“While we support eco-friendly programs at our hotels all year long, we’ve always felt it was important to take the time to celebrate Earth Day and mark the occasion with special efforts and donations,” said Elizabeth Churchill, Aqua Hospitality’s senior vice president of sales and marketing. “As a company with island-based hotels, water is an intrinsic part of our culture, so it makes sense for us to focus on efforts that help preserve those waters for generations to come.”
Aqua Hospitality will kick off its Earth Day efforts on April 14 when the company will partner with Waikiki Aquarium for an invasive algae cleanup. The cleanup is part of a coastal restoration project led by University of Hawaii Botany professor, Dr. Celia Smith, to combat alien algae species that are destroying Waikiki’s reefs. To encourage participation and stress the importance of these efforts, Aqua Hospitality employees who join the cleanup will be paid by Aqua for their time. Tasks include the removal and unloading of algae, sorting invasive and native algae, and calculating algae removed.
Aqua Hospitality will also show its dedication to protecting the ocean by once again aciphex over the counter donating a portion of room revenue on April 22 (Earth Day) to Hui o Koolaupoko, an organization whose mission is to protect ocean health. One dollar from each reservation booked on Earth Day will go toward Hui o Koolaupoko’s programs, which monitor ocean conditions and watershed health by working with various stakeholders on natural resource coordination and community education. In the past three years, Aqua has raised more than $10,000 for this cause. Any bookings made on April 22, 2014 for stays at any of Aqua’s hotels will qualify for the donation, and no minimum number of room nights is required.
Aqua Hospitality is committed to supporting the environment year round. A number of its annual programs include:
- Aqua Kauai Beach Resort uses an extensive array of solar panels to help offset energy use and lessen greenhouse gas emissions.
- Aqua Aloha Surf Waikiki has implemented recycling and water conservation efforts, as well as an energy saving program through an Electronic Room Key Sensor system. (Aqua Aloha Surf also received the Hawaii Green Business Award in 2013.)
- As an environmentally-aware boutique hotel, the 92-room Aqua Bamboo Waikiki has numerous sustainable and environmental practices in place which were recognized by the DBEDT with a 2010 Hawaii Green Business Award. Initiatives include CFL or fluorescent lights throughout the property, Energy Star-rated appliances, low flush toilets and recycling receptacles in the rooms which have collected 60,000 pounds of recyclables since inception.