It’s obvious that the tropical paradise of Oahu offers many opportunities for the green traveler to enjoy the beauties of nature. From snorkeling in Hanauma Bay to hiking Diamond Head and more, there are plenty of active ways to explore the world around you. Opt for a responsible whale watch cruise, or a fun stand-up paddleboard lesson. Wander through botanical gardens and the lush Waimea Valley. Don’t forget to partake in authentic Hawaiian culture with a visit the Polynesian Cultural Center, which supports locals.
That said, it’s also important that your hotel live up to your green standards. While Honolulu is perhaps just beginning to develop as a green destination, there are a number of standout hotels that make the grade when it comes to commitment to sustainable operations. These lodging options are a good alternative to more low-key hospitality options like camping, so you’ll get the dedication to green operations without the bugs. Consider one of these hotels for your next green vacation to Hawaii!
This charming hotel, located right along beautiful Waikiki Beach, first opened in 1901. It is still going strong today, offering guests nearly two-dozen different types of rooms and suites to choose from, as well as offering hotelwide amenities that include an on-site spa, fitness center, outdoor pool, and multiple in-house dining options.
This large hotel complex is located right along legendary Waikiki Beach, within easy access of many of Honolulu’s most popular attractions. Hotelwide amenities include multiple on-site dining options, a 24/7 fitness center, an outdoor pool, a spa, oodles of private event space, and more.
Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach is located a mere two blocks from the fabled Waikiki shoreline, right in the midst of the very heart of this unforgettable area. Many of Honolulu’s most popular attractions are readily accessible from here, and hotelwide amenities include complimentary breakfast, outdoor pool, fitness center, and the fact that every guestroom has its own private balcony.
A large, sprawling hotel that contains over 1,000 guestrooms and suites spread out across multiple structures. Here guests will have straightforward access to many of the treasures found along the Waikiki shoreline, as well as hotelwide amenities like an outdoor pool, fitness center, and multiple on-site dining options.
After creating an official Green Committee in 2009, Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu’s North Shore has been working hard to become leaders among Oahu’s sustainability movement. They’re a Platinum-level Green Leader on TripAdvisor, and have won the Hawaii Green Business Award. Some green features include rooftop solar panels, energy efficient light bulbs, resort-wide recycling, use of locally grown produce, and donation of excess food to local food banks. They even help to recycle Styrofoam into surfboards!
Ala Moana Hotel
With its incredibly convenient location, Ala Moana offers easy access to downtown Honolulu, beaches, parks, golf courses, and much more, all without needing to use a car. They encourage guests to reuse linens and towels, which can make a huge difference when it comes to reducing water waste and electricity usage.
Aqua Bamboo Waikiki
All Aqua hotels in Oahu are actually great green options, with serious corporate initiatives making big strides. This particular location has saved massive amounts of water, prevented significant waste production, and kept the air clean through successful implementation of their ambitious goals. Plus, Green Key switches return the room to energy-saving mode when guests leave.
Waikiki’s first Green Hotel, Equus promotes a number of eco-friendly initiatives from encouraging guest use of public transit to the use of the Green Star energy system, which keeps systems from running when the room is unoccupied. They also offer in-room recycling, use energy efficient bulbs, and have eco-friendly HVAC systems.
Part of the Hilton family of hotels, this LEED-certified lodging option is both upscale and environmentally friendly. They utilize reclaimed heat to heat up water in guest rooms and in pools, and to power dehumidification systems. This reduces their water consumption substantially, by up to half a million gallons per year!