The Equus is proud to have been Waikiki’s first Green Hotel. Other accolades include being a part of TripAdvisor’s Green Leader’s Program, Ocean Friendly Restaurants Hawai’i, Hawaii Green Business certified, and a partner of Kind Traveler. Guests have peace of mind, knowing their stay is a sustainable one.
As an environment friendly hotel, educating our guests about their opportunity to participate in keeping Hawaii beautiful for future generations to enjoy, is an important part of our mission. We make every effort to improve our footprint on Mother Nature and preserve the beauty of Hawaii, while still providing the comforts of a boutique hotel. Please enjoy your time with us, and Malama the ‘Aina! (care for the earth)
Initiatives we participate in include:
All appliances are GreenStar rated
Room amenities are non-toxic and biodegradable
Low-flush toilets and low-flow shower heads and sink faucet
Partially used bath amenities are donated to local non-profit for homeless
Rigorous recycling program
Towel and Linen Re-use program (every 3 days unless requested)
All lighting CFL with plans to convert to LED
Green transportation program for employees (subsidies for bus passes)
No irrigation system or sprinklers—landscaping is hand-watered
No chemicals used on landscaping
Old uniforms and linens are retired to the Salvation Army
Furniture is donated to Re-Use Hawai‘i
On-site furniture refurbishing/refinishing
Other initiatives to comply with the State Department of Health Green Hotel checklist
Paniolo bar partners with sustainable distilleries offering local or sustainable liquor selections
The Equus Hotel is proud to partner with Hawaii Farm Trails’ Project Kanu, an agroforestry initiative aimed at planting food-bearing trees.
Through our partnership, a portion of every guest’s stay, $5/stay, is donated to help promote food security in local communities, as well as supporting agri-tourism at locally-owned family farms.
Trees in agroforestry systems store vast amounts of carbon, comparable amounts to those of afforestation and forest restoration, while enabling farmers to leave the bulk of their land in agricultural production, promoting food security. Farmers gain income and resilience from multiple crops growing on unique timelines.