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Green Lodging in

Hawai’i By Fred Realbuto


here do you start describing the trip of a lifetime? I guess at the beginning. I traveled to three of the seven Hawaiian Islands during the first week of June. The visit included Oahu, Maui, and Kauai. Doesn’t sound too hard to take, does it? The 17 hour trip getting there from New York, well that’s another story. There’s nothing easy about getting to Hawaii, but once you get there the people of Hawaii have the ability to make you forget about that after one good night’s sleep. When I would tell people I had to go to Hawaii for business they kind of looked at me funny. And


when I told them I had to go to visit luxury resorts they really looked at me funny. That gets me to the purpose of my trip: as the leader of the Green Lodging Program I have had the opportunity to travel North America extensively as part of our required site visits. The purpose of these visits is to verify the environmental practices of lodging facilities, from bed-and-breakfasts to mega-resorts. Several years ago Marriott Vacation Club International made a commitment to have all of their North American properties enrolled and rated in the Audubon International Green Lodging

Profile for Audubon International

Stewardship News | Volume 17, Issue 3 | Summer 2014  

Stewardship News | Volume 17, Issue 3 | Summer 2014