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AQUA HOSPITALITY SUPPORTS EARTH DAY 2014 WITH REEF ALGAE CLEANUP AND DONATION TO OCEAN PRESERVATION

Aqua Mobilizes Employees To Support Waikiki Aquarium Cleanup Efforts

Honolulu, Hawaii – March 26, 2014 – Aqua Hospitality (www.AquaHospitality.com) will celebrate Earth Day 2014 by supporting ocean preservation through both a volunteer cleanup and donation to Hui o Koolaupoko.

“While we support eco-friendly programs at our hotels all year long, we’ve always felt it was important to take the time to celebrate Earth Day and mark the occasion with special efforts and donations,” said Elizabeth Churchill, Aqua Hospitality’s senior vice president of sales and marketing. “As a company with island-based hotels, water is an intrinsic part of our culture, so it makes sense for us to focus on efforts that help preserve those waters for generations to come.”

Aqua Hospitality’s Earth Day efforts begin on April 14 when the company partners with Waikiki Aquarium for an invasive algae cleanup. The cleanup is part of a coastal restoration project led by University of Hawaii Botany professor, Dr. Celia Smith, to combat alien algae species that are destroying Waikiki’s reefs. To encourage participation and stress the importance of these efforts, Aqua Hospitality employees who join the cleanup will be paid by Aqua for their time. Tasks include the removal and unloading of algae, sorting invasive and native algae, and calculating algae removed.

Aqua Hospitality will also show its dedication to caring for the ocean by once again donating a portion of room revenue on April 22 (Earth Day) to Hui o Koolaupoko, an organization whose mission is to protect ocean health. One dollar from each reservation booked on Earth Day will go toward helping Hui o Koolaupoko’s programs for monitoring ocean conditions and watershed health by working with various stakeholders on natural resource coordination and community education. In the past three years, Aqua has raised over $10,000 for this cause. Bookings for April 22, 2014 can be for stays at any of Aqua’s hotels and no minimum number of room nights is required.

Aqua Hospitality’s support of the environment goes beyond Earth Day and is evident in many property programs and enhancement projects. A few examples include:

  • Aqua Kauai Beach Resort uses an extensive array of solar panels to help offset energy use and lessen greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Aqua Aloha Surf Waikiki has implemented recycling and water conservation efforts, as well as an energy saving program through an Electronic Room Key Sensor system. (Aqua Aloha Surf also received the Hawaii Green Business Award in 2013.)
  • As an environmentally-aware boutique hotel, the 92-room Aqua Bamboo Waikiki (pictured at right) has numerous sustainable and environmental practices in place which were recognized by the DBEDT with a 2010 Hawaii Green Business Award. Initiatives include CFL or fluorescent lights throughout the property, Energy Star-rated appliances, low flush toilets and recycling receptacles in the rooms which have collected 60,000 pounds of recyclables since inception.

 

For more information or reservations, visit www.aquahospitality.com.

About Aqua Hospitality┬« Aqua Hospitality is a Hawaii-based management company founded in 2001. The company provides full-service management including sales, marketing, Internet distribution, individualized branding, reservations, as well as revenue management to maximize profitability. Currently representing 29 contemporary properties on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai, Hawaii Island and Guam, Aqua offers full-service resorts, stylish boutique hotels, comfortable budget properties and a historic hotel within a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For more information on the company, individual hotels, and its three brands of hotels – Monogram Hotel Collection, Aqua Hotels and Resorts and Lite Hotels – visit www.aquahospitality.com or call 1-808-943-9291. Aqua Hospitality is an operating business of Interval Leisure Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: IILG), a leading global provider of membership and leisure services to the vacation industry.