Honua Kai is part of the greater Maui community, and our homeowners, guests, and staff members pride themselves on giving back to the place they call home. The resort is involved in a number of community initiatives that allow all of us to get involved:
Kaho’olawe Island Reserve Commission (KIRC)
For the past two years, Honua Kai staff and homeowners have participated in the KIRC Maui reforestation project aimed at planting trees to preserve the natural forests and protect the island’s reefs from damaging runoff. Learn more about KIRC.
Malama Honokowai Project
Led by the Maui Cultural Lands group, this project takes volunteers into the West Maui mountains above Honua Kai every Saturday to help clear the site of an ancient Hawaiian village still intact after more than 500 years. Researchers are learning much about how these ancient people lived and about lessons in sustainable land use that are more relevant today than ever before. Learn more about Malama Honokowai.
Monk Seal Foundation
Honua Kai’s hotel operations team has been leading an initiative to get more involved with this Maui-based organization focused on protecting the endangered Monk Seals. The group is currently working with the foundation on ways to educate our homeowners about these animals and the proper response when they make appearances at Honua Kai. Learn more about the Monk Seal Foundation.
Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Center
Honua Kai has worked with this local organization since the early days of development. This group is dedicated to providing emergency and transitionary housing and assistance to Maui families in need. Honua Kai has donated more than $1 Million to the organization, funds used to build a childcare center and playground at the west side resource center in Lahaina servicing more than 100 children. Learn more about Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Center.
Honua Kai Sustainable Dunes Program
The dunes that line Kaanapali beach in front of Honua Kai are a critical environmental component of the area. These dunes prevent run-off from the land to the ocean during heavy rains and floods and help protect the coral reef from deteriorating. Honua Kai has implemented an ongoing program to protect the dunes. Replacement of non-native plant species with endemic ones, creation of small wetland areas for wildlife, and ongoing monitoring of the dunes will ensure we preserve the beach for years to come.