1 Hotel Hanalei Bay is a stunning example of a building that stands for something. With sustainability at the core of its foundation, the re-imagination rather than complete rebuild of this island oasis has already saved 144.6 tons of materials from entering landfills and 73.8 tons of greenhouse gas emissions from entering the atmosphere. Through positive partnerships, innovative initiatives, and mindful design, this sanctuary not only blends in beautifully with the ethereal beauty of Kauaʻi—but also works to honor and preserve it in every possible way.
This island oasis is on track to becoming LEED certified, is optimized for energy efficiency and powered by green systems including LED lighting, increased insulation, HVAC systems with energy recovery, and advanced monitoring. Through targeted strategies, this sanctuary is designed to save roughly 20% in annual energy costs.
In addition to the 73.8 tons of greenhouse gas emissions saved during the reconstruction (rather than complete rebuild) of our wellness sanctuary, we utilize initiatives such as green roofs, waste diversion, and global carbon offset projects to neutralize our emissions.
Supporting Causes That Matter
Whether that’s directly supporting our amazing non-profit partners through charitable events or using our platform to raise awareness and ignite positive change, we’re committed to honoring and uplifting the planet, people, and culture in the places we call home.
Protecting Our 1 World
The choice alone to plant roots on Kauaʻi reinforces our mission to safeguard the natural world. As one of the most stunning, biodiverse settings on earth, we’re honored to call Kauaʻi home and do everything in our power to work with the natural world—not around or against it.
People & Equity
Supporting Our People & Communities
Creating a culture of inclusivity is our responsibility as human beings—to each other, and to the beautiful world we share. We stand together in our pledge to grow diverse and equitable representation for everyone in our growing community of team members, guests, and partners that honor Kaua'i's culture, promote its prosperity, and uplift its communities.
Growing Mindfully & Transparently
As our flagship wellness sanctuary, 1 Hotel Hanalei Bay beautifully embodies the long-term resiliency of our properties and represents our strategy for growth and impact. This imaginative oasis is living proof that luxury hospitality and sustainability can exist in harmony. We look forward to reflecting on its efficient systems and practices as we collect data regarding carbon emissions, energy consumption, water stewardship, waste diversion, equity, biodiversity, and beyond.
We designed 1 Hotel Hanalei Bay to align with the values of the Garden Island, and to highlight the inspiring beauty of Hanalei Bay and the North Shore of Kauaʻi. During the renovation process, we partnered with Re-Use Hawaiʻi, a sustainable “deconstruction” nonprofit, to carefully salvage more than 144.6 tons of existing furniture, fixtures and equipment that would otherwise end up in landfills. Throughout the sanctuary, you’ll find sustainably sourced furniture, natural art pieces that pay homage to their surroundings, and an array of reclaimed Teak Joists, Puka lava stone, quartz, Caesarstone, and so much more.
Throughout our island oasis, you’ll find an extraordinary concentration of native plant species (70%) —endemic, indigenous, and Polynesian-introduced (over 1,000 years ago). Not only does this focus on native biophilic design give our sanctuary a nourishing feel—blurring the lines between interior and exterior, purifying the air and uplifting your spirits—but it also works to restore natural habitats, provide cultural significance, and reduce our sanctuary’s overall footprint. These plant species naturally thrive in Kauaʻi’s unique environment, and we hope they help you do just the same.
From the post-consumer recycled paper hangers that hold your clothes to the sustainably sourced linens you wake up in, there’s a mindful moment waiting for you around every corner. After a day of beautiful island adventures, cleans your body and mind with our 1 Hotels Signature Bath Products formulated by Bamford Spa using the highest quality organic ingredients. Cozy up with warm, sustainably sourced towels before winding down on your plush, non-toxic mattress.
Nature As Art
From hand-woven rugs to vibrant murals, the art throughout our sanctuary honors the community, surroundings, and local history that make Hanalei Bay one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Many of the featured artists are Hawaiian natives who share cultural stories through their art, highlighting the complex, multicultural fabric of the islands.
Our menus center around regional Hawaiian cuisine that celebrates the farmers, ranchers, and fishermen that call Hawai’i home. At 1 Kitchen, all produce, proteins, and seafood featured on the menu have been grown and raised on the Hawaiian Islands and fished from her waters. As you sip aromatic coffees and calming teas sourced from the islands, let the flavors take you on a subliminal tour of the world around you. Indulge freely knowing our zero-waste operations prevent food waste at every turn.
Rooted in the spirit of mindful living, the mind and movement program at 1 Hotel Hanalei Bay is all-encompassing, offering you an incredible chance to cultivate total wellness and realign your mind, body, and spirit. With intuitive plant-infused treatments at Bamford, personalized workouts at Anatomy, touchless therapies to reset your nervous system, and a beachfront jungle gym made from invasive albizia trees in partnership with The Albizia Project — the opportunities for holistic healing are endless.
Good Energy Is Clean Energy
With high-efficiency lighting systems, integrated controls, heat recovery systems, luscious green roofs, ENERGY STAR equipment, and sustainable design—this stunning oasis utilizes natural elements as much as possible to reduce its overall impact on the cherished environment. Even when you leave the grounds, travel mindfully with mountain bikes and Audi e-tron house cars parked in a lot powered by solar lights
Water Management and Stewardship
On The Garden Island, rainwater is an abundant natural resource. Our 7,400-gallon rainwater harvesting system allows us to irrigate our gardens naturally, reducing water consumption by 97% (3.5 million gallons per year). Inside, hydrate freely using our high-quality water filter stations, and shower in peace knowing our highly efficient plumbing systems and low-flow fixtures reduce indoor water consumption
Through our amazing partnerships with local non-profits such as Kauaʻi Surfrider Foundation, Waipā Foundation, Friends of Kaua'i Wildlife Refuges, Save Our Shearwaters, Kauaʻi North Shore Community Foundation and beyond—we take pride in nurturing the unique community of Kauaʻi through our charitable initiatives. From healthy waters to equitable food systems, we take a holistic, open-minded, and hands-on approach to generating positive change in the community.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
We set a goal to increase Black representation in leadership to 15% and female representation in leadership to 50% by 2024. At the end of 2022, we reached 10% BIPOC representation and 43% female representation. At 1 Hotel Hanalei Bay, we’re proud to say that 20% of our design and construction intentionally included contracts with BIPOC workers, and we will continue this intention throughout our operations.
How to Be an Ocean Friendly Visitor on Kauaʻi
Help Keep Our Beaches Clean & Beautiful
- Spending the day at the beach? Please pack out what you pack in. Bring your reusable water bottle and avoid single-use plastics.
- Do a marine debris beach clean-up with your family! Visit our reception for a clean-up kit and take it on the road with you.
- Participate in Surfrider Kauaʻi’s Net Patrol cleanup every Wednesday at 3:30pm Sign up by calling 808-635-2593.
- Pledge to be single-use plastic free! Enjoy our refillable water vessels or bring your favorite from home.
- Our guest rooms are equipped with complimentary reusable aluminum Path Water bottles as well as 1 Hotel Hanalei Bay stainless steel water vessels.
- Refuse single-use plastics when doing takeout — please use reusable utensils whenever possible.
Protect Our Reefs
- Protect the reefs and marine life by using only reef friendly sunscreen. We have a variety of options available in Goodthings and our Bamford Spa as well as sunscreen stations around the pools.
- Please enjoy the beauty of our reefs by looking but not touching. Reefs are alive and critical to a healthy marine eco-system. One of the best ways to protect them is to avoid stepping on or touching them.
Protect Marine Life
- Please admire all marine life including Hawaiian monk seals, turtles, dolphins, whales and rays from afar.
- Please don’t remove or step on coral.
- Please choose Ocean Friendly Restaurants for your island dining experiences. Each of our restaurants and dining venues on property are certified Ocean Friendly Restaurants. When exploring the island, look for the food establishments displaying Surfrider’s Ocean Friendly Restaurant designation.
- You can carry these best practices with you by minimizing use of straws and other single-use plastics.