Deeply Connected To The Earth
We’re inspired by the ocean, our connection to nature is all-encompassing, and we’re first and foremost guided by a deep respect for the land. As one of Hawaii’s sustainable resorts, 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.
On the Mauka, or mountain side of the Kamehameha Highway, local farmers grow a bounty of delicious produce. Kuilima means “holding hands with the land,” and nothing could be more true for the vision of this protected 468 acres of agricultural land on O‘ahu’s North Shore, to help promote stable and sustainable food production on the island.
Native Hawaiian Wellness Garden
Wander our healing gardens and enjoy the power of Hawaii’s mana, spiritual life force or energy. Forage for herbs to concoct one-of-a-kind elixirs that feature la’aulapa’au (medicinal) Native Hawaiian plants.
‘Awapuhi, ginger, for stomach aches. Mamaki, nettle tea, for hangovers. Alo’e, aloe for sunburns (of course). Everything in our healing garden is yours for the picking.
Initiatives & Recognition
In December 2013, Turtle Bay became the first Oahu resort with a solar roof installation. The energy savings 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, diverted from the production of electricity.
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.
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.
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.
The mission of Waste to Waves is to divert dumpsters full of E.P.S. (aka styrofoam) from the landfill or incinerator into surfboards. We sift through dumpsters, remove tape and anything attached to the EPS, and bag it up. Then it is sent to Pacific Allied Products and processed to become a perfectly good surfboard blank ready for the shaper.
Restrooms and showers throughout the resort have been upgraded to reduce water usage in toilets, urinals, and showers. With the upgrade, water usage has significantly decreased.
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 and is appreciated by our guests. In addition, only towels left in the bathtub are replaced. We rarely get requests for changes to this practice, allowing us to stay at the top of sustainable hotels.
Our Wastewater Treatment program treats sewage from the resort. The treated water is then used to maintain the courses at Turtle Bay.
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.
Staff participate in monthly clean ups and partner with Sustainable Coastlines, Da Hui, and other environmental groups. During events such as the Wanderlust Festival a beach cleanup hosted by Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii takes guests to a deserted beach where they show the Kahuku Coastline some love by removing as much marine debris as they can. They recycle most of the debris through their partnership with Method Home and also collect debris to create art.
Resort employees participate in Native Planting days to beautify the grounds.
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.
There are four E-Vehicle charging stations available complimentary for resort guests.
We've partnered with NOAA to count humpback whales off the shores of Turtle Bay Resort. Humpback whales visit our waters beginning in November through April, with the peak season being from January to March. Come take part in the sanctuary’s award-winning outreach program that gives volunteers the opportunity to monitor and record humpback whale behaviors during their stay in Hawaiian waters. A fun volunteer activity for residents and visitors that helps provide important population and distribution information on humpback whales around the Hawaiian Islands.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 biodiesel used by the University to fuel its fleet of vehicles.
- TripAdvisor Award Platinum Green Leaders Award in 2014 and Silver Green Leaders Award 2013 for Turtle Bay’s green practices and commitment to enhancing those practices.
- Hawaii Green Business Program & Award - recognized member of the Hawaii Green Business Program (HGBP), which assists businesses that strive to operate in an environmentally and socially responsible manner was awarded with the 2015 Hawaii Green Business Award.
- Green Eco-Leaf Rating - prestigious 4 Green Eco-Leaf rating by completing a 70 point comprehensive eco-audit survey administered by iStayGreen.org.
Stories From The North Shore
Authenticity. There’s nothing more real and inspiring than the stories of the people, the culture and traditions, and the rich everyday life of the North Shore. Stories to share, and to live.