The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui goes Dark for Earth Hour 2013
Wailea, Maui, Hawaii, March 19, 2013
For the fifth consecutive year, The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui will be participating in Earth Hour, a global environmental awareness event organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). On Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 8:30 p.m., all of Fairmont's world-class hotels and resorts will go dark to draw attention to one of the world's single largest environmental issues: Climate Change.
In addition to switching off non-essential lighting, The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui will mark the eco-friendly event with its first annual Lights Out Picnic. Maui residents and visitors are invited to pick up their locally-sourced picnic dinner and picnic blanket at the resort’s Caffe Ciao Bakery & Deli beginning at 6:00pm and walk down to the oceanfront Polo Lawn. The picnic will begin with hula and Samoan fire dancing at 8:00pm, followed by an hour-long stargazing session with Astronomer Becky Sydney, founder of Maui Astronomy Club, at 8:30pm. Picnics will cost $45.00 for two people and will include a reusable shopping bag, use of a picnic blanket and event entertainment. A portion of the proceeds from the Lights Out Picnic will benefit the World Wildlife Fund.
In addition to the picnic, the resort’s Luana Lounge will serve eco-friendly cocktails utilizing Maui-grown ingredients and offer “unplugged” local entertainment. The resort’s award-winning signature restaurant, Kō will celebrate with Maui Brewing Company beer specials and candlelight dining for the first five minutes of Earth Hour. Over 200 floating candles will also be placed in the lobby fountain and outdoor paths will be lit with candle luminaries.
“As the world’s largest climate change initiative, Earth Hour provides a unique opportunity for Fairmont guests and Maui residents to participate in a worldwide event,” says General Manager of the luxury resort, Charles Head. “It is also a terrific opportunity to demonstrate our ongoing pledge to environmental awareness and energy conservation.”
Earth Hour is a global World Wildlife Fund climate change initiative. The event began in Sydney Australia in 2007, when 2 million people switched off their lights. By 2011, hundreds of millions of people and over 5,200 cities and towns in 135 countries officially switched off their lights to pledge their support for the planet. Last year, a record 6,950 cities and towns across 152 countries participated in the global event.
With a long-standing commitment to environmental stewardship and responsible tourism, Fairmont is a strong supporter of WWF, participating in many of their campaigns, as well as being a member of their global Climate Savers program. For the past two decades, Fairmont has been dedicated toactively supporting a sustainable future through its Green Partnership Program. Expanding on this 20-year commitment, The Fairmont Kea Lani hassuccessfully implemented over 50 environmentally friendly programs throughout the hotel, committed to being an environmental leader on Maui.
For information on The Fairmont Kea Lani’s commitment to sustainability, please visit Fairmont.com/KeaLani and click on Environmental Initiatives. For more information on Earth Hour, visit EarthHour.org.
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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