In a display of community partnership and sustainability, the Fairmont Kea Lani Maui recently donated four computers to the University of Hawaii Maui College’s student newspaper, Ho’oulu. The refurbished computers were donated as part of the resort’s Electronic Waste Diversion program, which is based on the fundamental environmental adage: reduce, reuse recycle. The reduction of electronic waste keeps devices out of landfills and provides technology to worthy community organizations.
“We’re overjoyed to refurbish and donate computers that are no longer needed at the hotel,” said the Fairmont’s General Manager Charles Head in a June 18 news release. “UH Maui is an obvious choice, considering our previous partnerships with The Maui Culinary Academy, the Institute of Hawaiian Music and the Travel Industry Management program. We wish the students the best of luck with their newspaper this fall.”
Ho’oulu faculty adviser and journalism instructor Sarah Ruppenthal confirmed the value of the partnership, stating, “We are so grateful to The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui for this generous donation. The computers will be used in various capacities and are a much-needed addition to our program.”
Ho‘oulu is an independent, student run, online newspaper covering campus news, features and ideas at the University of Hawaii Maui College. The paper takes its name from the Hawaiian word meaning “to inspire,” and hopes to publish a print version when classes resume in August.
The Fairmont Kea Lani Maui’s Electronic Waste Diversion Program is part of more than 50 sustainability initiatives in place at the resort which include: the donation of food waste to a local pig farmer, the procurement of almost 90 percent of produce from local farmers and the donation of cooking oil to be turned into biofuel, among others.
For information on the Fairmont’s sustainability, visit Fairmont.com/KeaLani and click on “Environmental Initiatives.” For information on Ho‘oulu, visit UHMauiNews.com.