Fairmont Hotels "Go Dark" to Acknowledge Climate Change

Fairmont Hotels "Go Dark" to Acknowledge Climate Change

Fairmont Hotels are edging to become the islands' most eco-conscious large-scale resort group with yet another move to improve the 'aina. The Kea Lani (Maui) and Orchid (Big Island) just announced that they would participate in a global environmental event organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) on Saturday, March 27, whereby the hotel will "go dark" for one hour at 8:30 p.m. In fact, all 60 of Fairmont's top-notch hotels worldwide ("from Dallas to Dubai" states a press release) will take part in the initiative. The event is aimed at drawing attention to climate change.

The Hawaii hotels will switch off all non-essential lighting (after all, we don't want grandma falling down a flight of stairs after her fourth lava flow), while offering "Earth Hour" specialty drinks made from locally obtained resources (Maui's Ocean Vodka, organically procured watermelon, ginger and lemon juice, in the example of a "Moonlit Tide" cocktail). Personally, we think it's all a Fairmont ploy to encourage nostalgic guests to return some time around 9 months after "Earth Hour", if you catch our drift. (Look for a number of mainland babies named "Kea" or "Lani" circa February 2011.)

At the Fairmont's Kohala Coast property, guests can enjoy hot chocolate and s'mores roasted over an open fire pit next to ocean during Earth Hour. Complimentary stargazing will be offered with local astronomer Wayne Fukunaga and his team from Star Gaze Hawaii. Conveniently, the Orchid is located in the shadows of Mauna Kea, the Big Island's towering mountain that boasts some of the world's most extensive astronomical telescopes and equipment. In addition, guests wishing to dine during Earth Hour will do so by candlelight at Brown's Beach House, the resort's oceanfront restaurant that features organically grown dishes which all hail from the Big Island.

In all seriousness, the Kea Lani has initiated more than 50 "Green" initiatives that range from recyclable materials for all take-away foods, to eco-friendly cleaning products used in room cleaning. The Kea Lani is also the only resort in Wailea to offer luxury villas with private chefs and butler service only steps from the beach.

For more information visit the hotel's web site, www.fairmont.com/kealani

At the Fairmont's Kohala Coast property, guests can enjoy hot chocolate and s'mores roasted over an open fire pit next to ocean during Earth Hour.