Earth Day marks a special day to give back to our home planet, and this year even companies are getting into the spirit. This April, the Fairmont Kea Lani sponsored and participated in a community reef cleanup as well as donated $1,000 to the Coral Reef Alliance.
The community reef cleanup took place on April 7 through the efforts of more than 50 Maui residents and visitors, Trilogy Excursion crew volunteers, representatives from the Coral Reef Alliance and members of The Fairmont Kea Lani’s Green Team. The cleanup was part of Trilogy Excursion’s Blue’aina Program, which was launched in 2010 by company employees who decided to volunteer their time and catamarans to clean a different reef each month.
On April 7, the chosen area was the ocean floor off Wailea Point. The group retrieved rubbish and harmful marine debris by free diving and using SCUBA and snorkel gear.
“It’s incredible to see the positive impact on our ocean environment when like-minded organizations and businesses join forces with Maui’s community,” said Charles Head, General Manager of The Fairmont Kea Lani in a April 22 news release. “We’re proud to work alongside Trilogy Excursions and Coral Reef Alliance to clean one of the beautiful reefs that we’re lucky to have in the hotel’s ‘backyard.’”
On the excursion, the Fairmont Kea Lani’s Green Team presented a $1,000 donation to the Coral Reef Alliance in support of the group’s coral reef protection and visitor education efforts.
Hawaii Field Manager for Coral Reef Alliance, Liz Foote, said in the statement, “Both Fairmont Hawaii Resorts have been strong advocates for responsible tourism and coral reef protection and we’re thrilled to continue our partnership.”
“Through this unity, we clean reefs and beaches, conduct citizen science, and support Maui’s non-profit organizations,” Cynthia Matzke, Director of Blue’aina Operations, added.
For more information on The Fairmont Kea Lani’s sustainability programs, visit Fairmont.com/environment
Photo courtesy of The Fairmont Kea Lani