Kalani's Commitment to Sustainability

Kalani takes our mission as a non-profit focused on sustainability, agriculture and Hawaiian-culture very seriously.

Read more about Kalani's related Agricultural programs here.


Kalani's sustainability operations include:

  • Kalani Eco-sustainabilityA 50KW photovoltaic (solar) net metering electrical system.
  • Water conservation policies implemented in our laundry facility and through the use of natural landscaping that thrives in our tropical setting without needing irrigation or fertilizers.
  • Energy efficient architecture maximizing natural air, view and light.
  • Inherent eco-efficiency of traditional cluster community dining, laundry, transportation, and recycling.
  • Artesian well and rain water catchment systems to reduce water demand from the local County water system.
  • Native-plant landscaping, fruit orchards, organic food production in raised-bed gardens.
  • Energy-efficient lighting (compact fluorescent lights, motion-detecting light switches, and designs that take advantage of natural light).
  • Campus-wide recycling of paper, cardboard, plastics, glass, and metal. Kalani recycles 70% of its waste stream to minimize its environmental impact.
  • Food waste is diverted to a local, "on-island" pig farm or composted.
  • Biodegradable shopping containers, to-go food containers, and flatware (forks, knives, and spoons made from potato starch).
  • A giftshop with local hand made crafts plus free cloth totes.
  • The use of earth-friendly products (natural washing soda, "seventh-generation" laundry detergent, Dr. Bronner's natural soap, and vinegar) in our laundry and houskeeping department.
  • The use of green building products such as sustainably harvested wood and bamboo.


Solar Kalani

A milestone for self sufficiency, Kalani recently dedicated its new 50KW photovoltaic solar building. The 6,000 sq. ft. structure greatly reduces Kalani's carbon footprint while enhancing the eco aliveness of the Aloha State's greenest island, Hawaii.

Over 40% of the Big Island's power comes from renewable sources, including geothermal, wind, solar, bio fuels and hydroelectric.

solar building and ceremony

Kalani's new solar facility complements the other sustainability and wellness efforts that are an integral part of our operations.

Other shared resource programs that bring people together meaningfully and reduce consumption are:

  • Communal dining,
  • Car-pooling,
  • Central sports and spa facilities,
  • An abundance of activities incuding massage therapies, yoga, dance, art, music, and authentic Hawaiian culture classes.

The result of this focus on Sustainability is an all inclusive ocean-side retreat village lifestyle that minimizes the need to travel elsewhere for recreation, education, dining or entertainment. Eco-conscious community planning and architectural designs act to preserve and support native culture and heritage sites, maximize forest conservation and botanical splendor, and enhance views, air flow, and natural light -- thereby avoiding the needs that standard inefficient housing has for electric lighting, heating and cooling.

These sustainability projects, along with expanded orchards and gardens, are all part of the Kalani 2012 master plan as approved by the County of Hawaii Planning Commission and also part of agricultural plans as presented and approved in annual reports to the Planning Department.


Kalani Sustainable Community Programs & Farm Report

You can download and read our latest annual progress report, that describes the details of Kalani's educational activities, retreat stewardship, and farming-related activities by clicking the link below:

Download a PDF of the 2009 report.

Download a PDF of the 2010 report.

Download a PDF of the 2011 report.

To contribute to Kalani's solar building and other green efforts, call (800) 800-6886 or click the button below. Kalani Honua is a non-profit, 501c(3) organization and your contributions are tax-deductible. And secure!