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Luxury — By Jeanne Dupuis on April 28, 2010 at 11:41 am
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Kona Village The Authentically Green Resort

If you are an eco-friendly traveler, you probably have noticed that a lot of hotels and resorts have been making modifications to meet the growing demand for “green” accommodations.  There are some, however, that have always been committed to the environment and an example of that is Hawaii’s Kona Village Resort.

Kona Village’s pride and respect for the ‘aina (land) and Ka’upulehu (the area) is apparent in their efforts to care for the ancient Hawaiian fish ponds and 3.2 acre petroglyph field which has been recognized by the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau in their “Keep it Hawaii” annual awards.

For more than 40 years, this dedication to nature has attracted guests from around the world.

Guests at Kona Village are treated to “Farm to Table” meals which means that their food is prepared with only the freshest of ingredients including locally grown fruits and greens, hearts of palm, goat cheese, island fish, locally raised beef and lamb and even wild island boar.   Of course, visitors will also get to enjoy that famous Kona Coffee!

In addition to the deep respect for the land and ocean, Kona Village Resort offers a wide range of activities for travelers hoping to enjoy the local beauty.  Within Kahuwai Bay guests can snorkel, dive, swim by a school of multi-colored tropical fish or possibly spot Pacific Spinner Dolphins and humpback whales.

Kona Village really is committed to the environment which is evident in the fact that they began recycling when it opened back in 1965 – long before it became trendy.   For example, the material used for the roofs on the restaurants, fitness center and the 125 individual thatched-roof hale (bungalows) is made from more than 2,000 coconut trees on the 82-acre resort.  Incredibly, it lasts about five years!

The all-natural theme continues throughout the resort.  Coconuts are used outside doors in place of “Do Not Disturb” signs, there are no air conditioners (breezes and ceiling fans work just fine!), no televisions, radios or telephones – it’s completely unplugged!

For more information visit www.konavillage.com or call 1 (800) 367-5290.

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