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Wailea (Maui) Hawai’i Thursday, April 25, 2019
Fairmont Kea Lani’s leaders joined the island’s hospitality and restaurant community in celebration of the 2019 ‘Aipono Restaurant Awards presented by Maui Nō Ka ‘Oi Magazine. The 450-key luxury Wailea resort was recognized for their commitment to leading sustainable operations and ‘greening’ business practices as the recipient of the coveted Excellence in Sustainability Award.

“It’s a distinct honor to have the efforts and programs of Fairmont Kea Lani acknowledged through the 2019 ‘Aipono Excellence in Sustainability Award,” explains Michael Pye, Fairmont Kea Lani’s General Manager. “Our Planet21 Sustainability Team, resort leadership and nearly 700 colleagues share in the celebration of this incredibly meaningful award. From actively managing our valuable limited resources, reducing waste, minimizing our carbon footprint and leveraging our ability to engage our colleagues, guests and the next generation of keiki (kids) to adopt the critically important culture of sustainability is very rewarding. It is inspiring to have light brought to some of our great achievements and propel us forward in our work tomorrow,” explains Pye.

The 2019 ‘Aipono Excellence In Sustainability Award is co-presented by Pacific Biodiesel and Maui Nō Ka ‘Oi Magazine. Through the award, Pacific Biodiesel recognizes Fairmont Kea Lani for a wide spectrum of sustainability and environmentally focused programing including the adoption of a sustainable food charter, installations of alternative energy sources, campaigns for waste reduction, water recycling, educational programs focused on Hawaii’s students along with partnerships created to protect natural resources.

“With climate change already affecting our island state, sustainability is more urgent than ever,” says Kelly King, cofounder and vice president of Pacific Biodiesel. “Fairmont Kea Lani is committed to sustainability in all its operations. We applaud their efforts to support the community and encourage their employees and guests to continue to be part of the solution. They have raised the bar in their industry, and remind us all to engage in creating a more sustainable Hawai‘i.”

‘Aipono combines the Hawaiian words ‘ai (food) and pono (excellence) to encompass the theme of exceptional dining. Launched in 2003, by Maui No Ka ‘Oi Magazine, the annual ‘Aipono Restaurant Awards recognize the best of Maui’s food, wine and hospitality industries. In addition to promoting excellence in dining, the ‘Aipono Gala raises vital unencumbered funds for the University of Hawaii Maui College’s Culinary Arts Program, and provides a rare mentoring opportunity for the program’s students, who spend the day of the Gala working side by side with professional chefs in a real-world restaurant environment.|

Of the forty-one award categories, almost all are determined by Maui Nō Ka ‘Oi readers votes. (Exception: The Chef of the Year is voted by the island’s chefs. The Maui County Farm Bureau selects the Friend of Agriculture. And Pacific Biodiesel, a sponsor of the ‘Aipono Awards, selects with Maui No Ka ‘Oi Magazine the recipient of the annual Excellence in Sustainability Award.)

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