Fairmont Kea Lani honored Earth Day this year by sponsoring a community reef clean-up through Trilogy Excursion’s Blue’aina Program. The event also included a $1,000 donation to Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project.
More than 50 Maui residents and visitors came together on April 22–joining Trilogy crew volunteers, representatives from Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project and members of the resort’s Sustainability Team to SCUBA, snorkel and free dive for rubbish. The group retrieved harmful marine debris, including fishing line and discarded plastic from the ocean floor off the coast of West Maui.
The reef clean-up was part of Trilogy’s Blue’aina program, which sponsors the resources to clean a different Maui reef each month. Employees passionate about protecting the ocean environment launched the program in 2010. Blue’aina incorporates citizen science, education and philanthropy among community members, local businesses and organizations.
“We’re very proud to work with Trilogy Excursions and Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project to clean one of Maui’s coral reefs,” said Charles Head, General Manager of the Fairmont Kea Lani. “It’s incredibly rewarding to see the positive impact we can have on our ocean environment when like-minded businesses join forces with Maui’s community. We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate Earth Day!”
During the excursion, Fairmont Hawaii’s Sustainability Team presented a cash donation of $1,000 to Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project in support of the ongoing efforts to recover and restore the habitats of Maui’s endangered birds. As part of the ongoing partnership, guests of Fairmont Kea Lani may purchase plush birds at the resort gift shop with a portion of the proceeds supporting the Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project’s conservation efforts.
Fairmont Kea Lani is proud to be an environmental leader in Hawaii with more than 50 sustainability initiatives in place, according to the resort. Last year, the Kea Lani launched a new partnership with Clean The World, a nonprofit organization that recycles partially used bath amenities for donation to impoverished countries suffering from disease and infection. The hotel also invested in a new laundry water recycling system, eco-mode thermostats for guest rooms, compostable disposable containers and low-flow shower heads and toilets.
To learn more about Trilogy’s Blue’aina Program, visit sailtrilogy.com/helpmaui. For information on Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project, visit mauiforestbirds.org. For information on Fairmont Kea Lani’s commitment to sustainability, visit Fairmont.com/KeaLani.
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