Sustainability & Community

Halekulani strives to support the local community through its arts, culture, and sustainability initiatives.

Similar to the Hawaii Tourism Authority’s Malama Hawaii program, which provides various activities for mindful guests to help preserve our natural resources, learn about our culture, and engage with the local communities, Halekulani is constantly finding ways to keep our guests engaged in “traveling pono” or “traveling with care.”

The “For You, Everything” program, which was started in 1998, allows ours guests access to cultural venues such as the Bishop Museum, Honolulu Museum of Art, Iolani Palace, Manoa Heritage Center, Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, and the Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design to learn more about Hawaii’s rich history and culture.

SpaHalekulani was the first spa in Hawaii to be part of the Green Circle Salon organization which reuses, repurposes, and recycles all of its waste.

Our corporate sponsorship with the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative allows guests to restore the integrity and biodiversity of Hawaii’s endemic forests.

Halekulani Partners with Mananalu to help eliminate single-use plastic water bottles

Halekulani is proud to support Mananalu in their mission to eliminate single-use plastic water bottles. For every Mananalu bottle you drink at the resort, we remove one plastic bottle from ocean-bound waste through our Drink One, Remove One impact program. Together, we’re saving 2,000,000 million bottles from the ocean each year. Additionally, Mananalu is bottled in infinitely recyclable aluminum, carbon neutral and a 1% for the planet member


SpaHalekulani is certified as a Green Circle Salon organization

SpaHalekulani is proud to be recognized by Green Circle Salons, the world’s first, and North America’s only, certified sustainable salon solution to recover and repurpose beauty waste. In addition to 95% of the waste being recovered from our salon visits, the services performed inside are all carbon offset making SpaHalekulani Carbon Neutral Certified.

SpaHalekulani and Green Circle Salons
  • ZERO WASTE TO LANDFILL CERTIFIED FROM CARBON TRUST: Zero waste to landfill means that no non-hazardous waste is sent to the landfill or for incineration without energy recovery. This is important because waste is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and global resource depletion.
  • B CORP CERTIFICATION: Green Circle Salons became a certified BCorp in 2019, which means that they are committed to balancing purpose and profit. They are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions in five Impact Areas: Environment, Customers, Community, Employees, and Governance.
  • CARBON NEUTRAL CERTIFICATION: GCS supports our member salons by funding a Carbon Neutral Initiative, and all of our salons are Carbon Neutral Certified, as well as sponsoring carbon offset projects with Offset Alliance, with all projects certified by Verra, the world’s most widely used voluntary GHG (GreenHouse Gas) program.
  • HAIR INNOVATIONS: Hair collected from GCS members are used for multiple projects, including bio-composite bins and combs. GCS has also participated in very natural end products like hair mats with Matter of Trust (for oil spills), foam replacements, and soundproofing. While also exploring better plastics solutions like compostable and biodegradable resin replacements.
  • COMBS: GCS has developed a first-of-its-kind comb set, designed by stylists and made with a unique blend of recovered hair fibers and salon plastics like shampoo and conditioner bottles.


Waste Materials that GCS Collects

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Halekulani Corporation Partners with Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative to Plant, Maintain, and Support the Hawaiian Legacy Forest

Halekulani Corporation, which owns and operates both Halekulani and Halepuna Waikiki hotels, announces its partnership with Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative (HLRI), a Hawaii-based 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to restore the biodiversity and integrity of Hawaii’s endemic forests.

“We are honored to support HLRI’s reforestation mission” said Peter Shaindlin, the corporation’s Chief Operating Officer. “Planting one tree can offset a weeklong vacation for a family of four. Our guests are welcome to plant their own tree in the Halekulani & Halepuna Waikiki Forest to connect with our ‘aina (land).”

In addition to guests being able to physically plant a tree, proceeds from signature logo items from Halepuna Waikiki’s online shop will go towards this mission.

From our “House Befitting Heaven” and “House of Welcoming Waters” to the uplands of our Hawaiian forests, we welcome you to experience and be rooted in our commitment for sustainability on our island.

The Merwin Conservancy
The Merwin Conservancy
Manoa Heritage Center
Manoa Heritage Center
Hawaii Legacy Reforestation Initiative
Hawaii Legacy Reforestation Initiative