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Green Practices

As one of the islands' sustainable hotels, Turtle Bay Resort embodies the spirit of its North Shore legacy, the culture of respect and responsibility established by the ancient Hawaiians. In 2009, a Green Committee was created to make the resort a leader in sustainability, reduce its carbon footprint and become more than just one of Oahu's eco friendly hotels. “These conservation projects are helping us be more ‘green’ with our operations, as we fulfill our vision for a more sustainable future of Turtle Bay Resort and contribute to the State’s goal of reaching 70% energy independence by 2030,” said Vice President of Real Estate Scott McCormack.

TripAdvisor Award

For Turtle Bay’s green practices and commitment to enhancing those practices, Trip Advisor CEO and Co-Founder Stephen Kaufer awarded the resort with the Platinum Green Leaders Award in 2014 & Silver Green Leaders Award 2013.

Hawaii Green Business Award Recipient

Hawaii Governor David Ige awarded Turtle Bay with the 2015 Hawaii Green Business Award. The Hawaii Green Business Program (HGBP) assists and recognizes businesses that strive to operate in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. When launched in 2002, the HGBP initially focused on Resorts & Hotels due to the large number of visitors in Hawaii, and the potential for significant resource reduction through conservation.

Solar Rooftop

In December 2013, Turtle Bay became the first Oahu resort with a solar roof installation. The energy savings for our eco-friendly resort are immense, reducing the amount of fossil fuel usage equivalent to 4.3 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions over the next ten years. That’s equivalent to planting 350 acres of forest. Our new roof also saves 1,000 barrels of oil annually, otherwise needed for electricity production.

Lighting Retrofits

Nearly 70% of the Resort’s lighting has been converted to Compact Florescent Light Bulbs (CFL’s), for a decrease of 12% of wattage used during the first year. The remaining 30% of the building is scheduled to begin shortly.

Resort Wide Recycling

Resort-wide recycling has gone full-effect, with an average increase of 1.8 tons of recycling over the last two years. Trash numbers have also gone down 0.4 tons each month. Recycling collection centers are located in designated areas of the Resort for both guests and employees.

Food Waste

Turtle Bay Resort has teamed up with local organizations to feed the hungry across the North Shore by donating bulk leftover meals from banquet functions. Foods unsafe for such practices are discarded and used by local farms.

Waste to Waves - Trash to Surfboards

The mission of Waste to Waves is to divert dumpsters full of E.P.S. (aka “Styrofoam”) from the landfill or incinerator but rather into surfboards. What is needed is to sift through dumpsters, remove tape and anything attached to the EPS, and bag it up.  At that point it is sent to Pacific Allied Products and processed to become a perfectly good surfboard blank ready for the shaper. 


Restrooms and Showers

Restrooms and showers throughout have been upgraded to reduce water usage in toilets, urinals, and showers. With the upgrade, water usage has significantly decreased.

Linen Program

Our linen program has proven its success through the appreciation of our guests. Our practice of changing bed linens every third day of your Hawaii eco vacation stay has allowed our linen company to reduce the amount of water and detergent used. In addition, only towels left in the bathtub are replaced. Request for changes to this practice are rarely received, allowing us to stay at the top of sustainable hotels.

Post Consumer Biodegradable Items

To reduce plastic and Styrofoam products, all cups in our restaurants and outlets are either washable and reusable or are made from corn-based or post-consumer materials, which break down quicker. Dialog has begun to switch plastic cutlery to corn-based.

Energy Management System

An Energy Management System automates chillers and air conditioning systems in areas not in use. Each room has been fitted with a special monitor that allows for the setting of room temperature upon check-in or before the start of a function/event.

Bio-Diesel Conversion

Sharing in the mission of preserving our natural resources, the resort has partnered with nearby Brigham Young University, Hawai’i, in turning the hundreds of gallons of oil used in our kitchen into bio-diesel used by the University to fuel its fleet of vehicles.

Green Waste

The bulk of green waste from foliage is turned into mulch, while a small amount is used in our composting area. Our landscaping company mixes green compost with horse manure from our stables for planting material.

Organic/Locally Grown Produce

A part of being one of the islands' eco friendly sustainable hotels is using local and organic produce. We’re very pleased to have partnerships with the North Shore’s many farmers, using their fresh produce in our restaurants, of which 80% are organic.

Pool Conversion

Both Resort pools have been converted to use natural salt water rather than chemically-based chlorine. The saline system eliminates the need to manufacture, transport, and store pool chlorine that is not as friendly to the environment.

Beach Clean Ups

Turtle Bay staff participate in monthly clean ups of nearly 5 miles of shoreline and partner with Sustainable Coastlines, Da Hui, and other environmental groups in their Beach Clean programs.  During events such as the Wanderlust Festival a Beach Cleanup hosted by Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii takes guests on an adventure to a deserted beach where we they show the Kahuku Coastline some love by removing as much marine debris as they can. They will recycle most of the debris through thier partnership with Method Home and also collect debris to create art during the Wanderlust Festival and for educational outreach events.

Hawaii Green Business Program

Turtle Bay is a proud to be a recognized member of the Hawaii Green Business Program (HGBP), which assists businesses that strive to operate in an environmentally and socially responsible manner.

Green Eco-Leaf Rating

Turtle Bay Resort has earned a prestigious 4 Green Eco-Leaf rating by completing a 70 point comprehensive eco-audit survey administered by, the online social network of environmentally friendly travel.

Wastewater Treatment

Our Wastewater Treatment program treats sewage from the Resort, the treated water is then used to maintain The Courses at Turtle Bay.

E-Vehicle Charging Stations

There are four E-Vehicle charging stations available complimentary for Resort Guests.

Native Planting

Resort employees participate in Native Planting days to beautify the grounds.