News and reviews of made on Maui products and Maui-based companies and success stories. Also featuring island shopping guides

Posts tagged ‘Resort’

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa Goes Green

Are you one of those people that takes a hot shower at a big hotel and wonders exactly how large their hot water heater must be?  Wonder what happens to all those tiny soaps and shampoos when you leave?  Crank down the air conditioning and then shudder at the size of their electric bill?  Ok, so I’m probably among the few, as a holder of an environmental studies degree and an avid recycler, but it makes me proud to know that Maui now can claim title to Hawaii’s first LEED EBOM certified hotel or resort, and only one of four in the world!  (That’s a lot of acronyms, so to clarify the award is from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance (EBOM) rating system.)

Last month, while being blessed under the very last moments of sunny skies before Tropical Storm Ana arrived, Mayor Arakawa presented the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa with the official proclamation, the culmination of a two-year project by the Hyatt team and my new client, Green Building Hawaii.

John Bendon - Hyatt Goes Green

John Bendon presents his speech at the Hyatt Regency Maui

According to John Bendon, Founding Principal of Green Building Hawaii, “LEED is points based rating system that looks at whole building performance.  Category areas cover energy, water, material purchasing, site development, transportation, and indoor environmental quality.  The more points you earn in the different category areas, the higher your overall rating of Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum.” (The Hyatt earned a respectable Silver!)

L-R John Bendon Founding Principal at GBH, Mayor Alan Arakawa, Gary Bulson, Senior Engineer at Hyatt Regency Maui, Allen Farwell, General Manager Hyatt Regency Maui, and Rick Werber, Senior Vice President, Engineering and Sustainability at Host Hotels & Resorts

L-R John Bendon Founding Principal at GBH, Mayor Alan Arakawa, Gary Bulson, Senior Engineer at Hyatt Regency Maui, Allen Farwell, General Manager Hyatt Regency Maui, and Rick Werber, Senior Vice President, Engineering and Sustainability at Host Hotels & Resorts

Following the speeches and requisite photo ops, the Hyatt’s Senior Engineer, Gary Bulsom, and Marketing Manager, Jessica Kapoor, gave a brief tour of the property and one of the newly renovated guest rooms, as they highlighted some of the projects and achievements that helped earn their LEED status.  Here are some photos and notes from the tour: (click on each photo for the corresponding eco-friendly project represented)   – But I’ll be honest, I forgot to ask about what actually does happen with all those tiny soaps and shampoos!!! Maybe I need to stay there to find out…. 

Want more?   Follow Green Building Hawaii on Facebook and Twitter, and Hyatt Maui on Facebook and Twitter 

Advertisements

Andaz Maui Features Padilla Designs Restoration

Maui Sculpture at Andaz Maui at Wailea

This past Labor Day weekend was a three-day holiday for many on Maui, but not for the employees of the just-opened Andaz Maui at Wailea.   The hotel, which is Hawaii’s first LEED-certified resort, has 297 guest rooms and suites, including seven villas with two to four bedrooms.  The resort will eventually feature two full-service restaurants: Ka’ana Kitchen, which is already open, and Morimoto Maui, by Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto. The resort is located at the site of the former Renaissance Wailea Beach Resort, which closed in 2007.

maui fish hook natural lava rockUpon entry to this ultra-chic property, guests will be greeted by a sculpture whose story demonstrates all the values of the Andaz Maui in one truly unique piece – the restored sculpture of the Hawaiian demi-god Maui, who is credited with raising the islands from the ocean floor with his fish hook.

Originally done by an artist in the late 1970‘s, the piece was going to be recycled, as it was in pretty bad shape after sitting on the oceanfront lawn of the Stouffers Hotel for the last 30 years.  Kainoa Horcajo, the Cultural Director for the Andaz, called on the master metal smiths at Padilla Designs to bring the statue back to life, and set about the task of finding a fitting new home for the 9 foot, 1200 pound sculpture.

andaz maui metal artwork

The new lei poo made from handcut copper maile leaves.

Padilla Designs rebuilt the hands and feet out of steel plate, sculpted a new Lei Poo around his for head out of hundreds of hand cut copper maile leafs. They also created a copper fish hook embedded in a natural lava rock as well as a sculpted copper rope link it all together.  The entire statue was then highlighted and clear coated to bring out the saturation.   Kaleo Padilla of Padilla Designs is “thrilled to see Maui resurrected to live another lifetime at the front entrance to the luxury Andaz Maui at Wailea.”

Kainoa Horcajo shared his thoughts on the statue of Maui and “my hopes for its use and integration into a larger, place-appropriate, totally Andaz front art piece:

Maui the demi-god, often called Mauiakalana, Mauiakamalo, and Mauiakamai, is the progenitor of humanity in these islands.  He is the archetypal ancestor and the embodiment of positive, uplifting values that place the good of the community over the desires of the individual.  Maui slowed the sun, lifted the sky, obtained the secret of fire, and raised the islands from the ocean.  It is this deed of raising the island from the ocean that we want to honor and highlight.

Early on in the process of creating the Andaz Maui at Wailea, the general manager Michael Stephens called me about working on a project to create a fictional story about a Japanese man that sailed across the sea and landed on the beach fronting our resort in a past time.  This man, Hyato, fell in love with a Hawaiian woman and together they created a family and built a home for them and their friends.  This home they built is the Andaz Maui at Wailea.  We used the story and the elements of it to inform bits of our design, our hiring process, and many of the details of the resort.  The characters are built around Andaz values and Hawaiian values and help us better understand who we are and why we do what we do.

Just as our mythical ancestor Hyato raised the islands from the sea by traveling Eastward into the rising sun and landing on Mokapu beach, we envision this property and building as our home that was created to house our ever-growing family.”

Tag Cloud