Environmental Sustainability: “Malama Aina”
Environmental Sustainability mandates making decisions and taking action that are in the interests of protecting our natural world, with an emphasis on preserving the capability of the environment to support life. Attention is given to the rate of harvest of renewable resources, minimizing pollution and reducing the depletion of nonrenewable resources.
The Hawaiians have been practicing what we call today Environmental Sustainability for a thousand years, since the early travelers settled from Polynesia. Caring for the land or “malama aina”—this is Hawaiian culture!!!
Maalaea206 Engages in Environmental Sustainability best practices for Maui visitors.
Maalaea Kai Condominium Complex–
- Solar panels on roof reduce carbon-based electrical usage
- Low water use flush toilets throughout all units
- Extensive consumer product packaging recycling (cardboard, paper, glass, plastic, aluminum, metal) at the north side of the building
- Central air-conditioning is switched off if either lanai door or front door is not fully closed—locking the front screen door and enjoying the trade winds breeze is recommended
- Thorough housekeeping and washing of linens is only performed in between visitors
- Full bathrooms feature showers, rather than tubs that use more water
- The shared laundry room, just two doors down, enables energy-efficient high capacity clothes washers and dryers