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The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui Donates Technology to University of Hawaii, Maui College

Publish Date: 18-Jun-2013

Wailea, Maui, Hawaii Tuesday, June 18, 2013

            The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui recently donated four Sony® and Compaq computers to the newsroom of University of Hawaii, Maui College’s new student newspaper, Ho‘oulu. The donation is part of the luxury resort’s Electronic Waste Diversion program, developed to keep electronics out of local landfills and redistribute equipment to worthy community organizations. The program is one of over 50 sustainability initiatives in place at the all-suite resort.

             Ho‘oulu, which means “to inspire,” is an independent, online student newspaper covering campus news, features and ideas at University of Hawai‘i Maui College. The newspaper, which is produced entirely by a staff of nine students, will transition to print when classes resume in August.

             “We are so grateful to The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui for this generous donation,” said Ho‘oulu  faculty adviser Sarah Ruppenthal. “The computers will be used in various capacities and are a much-needed addition to our program.”

             The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui’s General Manager, Charles Head went on to say: “We’re overjoyed to refurbish and donate computers that are no longer needed at the hotel. UH Maui is an obvious choice, considering our previous partnerships with The Maui Culinary Academy, the Institute of Hawaiian Music and the Travel Industry Management program. We wish the students the best of luck with their newspaper this fall.”

             In addition to the Electronic Waste Diversion program, The Fairmont Kea Lani’s dedicated Sustainability Team leads the development of new environmental initiatives throughout the resort, including:

  • A laundry water recycling system, saving more than 50 million gallons of water per year.
  • All rooms equipped with a state-of-the-art eco-MODE Thermostat which is connected to the hotel’s database and automatically turns on when a guest checks in and automatically shuts off when a guest checks out. The smart thermostat also shuts off when a door is opened.
  • All disposable containers used on property are made of earth-friendly products that quickly biodegrade, such as corn and potatoes.
  • The hotel’s High Five Redemption Program donates all HI-5 recyclables (bottles, cans, etc.) to a local non-profit organization, who then redeems the items for cash. The program raises an average of $11,000 each year.
  • All food waste is donated to a local pig farmer.
  • Nearly 90% of produce served at the resort is purchased from local farmers.
  • Over 200 gallons of cooking oil is donated each week to be turned into biofuel.
  • In 2012, the resort installed an in-house bottling water system that purifies still and sparkling water, greatly reducing the number of plastic bottles distributed each year.

For information on The Fairmont Kea Lani’s commitment to sustainability, please visit and click on Environmental Initiatives. For information on Ho‘oulu , visit

Located on the pristine white sands of Wailea, The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui is Hawaii’s only luxury oceanfront resort featuring spacious suites and villas.  This distinctive hotel encompasses 22 acres of tropical landscape and offers authentic Hawaiian cultural experiences and warm and personal service which portray the essence of aloha.  A luxurious haven in one of the most scenic places on earth, the resort rests gracefully on Polo Beach, situated on the sunny southwest shores of Maui.

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