The Kahala Hotel & Resort

The Kahala Hotel & Resort was recognized by the state of Hawaii with the Governor's Green Business Award for its sustainable efforts.  The legendary resort has served as an industry leader in the Hawaiian Islands in implementing sustainable practices in its daily operations for more than 50 years.  Through its partnership with the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative, The Kahala Hotel and Resort is planting endemic forests on Oahu and Hawai'i Island.


Hawaii is the only place in the United States where tropical rainforests and cloud forests exist. Sugar, pineapple, and cattle ranching have destroyed these native forests. Our mission is to rebuild these natural environments and restore the diversity and integrity of the native ecosystem. By doing this, we will help create a better future for all living things. Our ultimate goal is to create a sustainable model that inspires others to come together to take action. By increasing awareness for how the simple act of planting a tree impacts our environment, we, with guests like you, can change the face of the planet.

In 2014, Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative (HLRI) commissioned a replica of the cape and helmet of Hawaiian High Chief Ke‘eaumoku Pāpa'iahiahi.


This cape set is part of a series of 14 capes, representing each of the Hawaiian leaders depicted in “Aha’ula O Kamehameha Kunuiakea.” The collection was dedicated in a private ceremony and blessing at the Kahala Hotel & Resort on Oahu Island on September 23rd, 2015, where it will remain on permanent display.


”This partnership with The Kahala Resort, resort guests, and HLRI can help reestablish critical habitat for many of Hawaii's rarest plant and bird species, some of which are critically endangered,” said Gerald Glennon, General Manager of The Kahala Hotel & Resort.


Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative

PO Box 22435 Honolulu, HI 96823



Phoenix Award Winner  for Excellence in Sustainability and Conservation