HONOLULU--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hokulani Waikiki by Hilton Grand Vacations Club, which opened a year ago in December 2013, achieved LEED certification as recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The upscale, urban timeshare resort earned the internationally recognized certification for implementing environmentally friendly construction practices and building systems.
“Hokulani Waikiki was built and designed with a strong focus on honoring Hawaii’s unique cultural heritage,” said Kim Kreiger, Sr. Vice President Club and Resorts for Hilton Grand Vacations. “This certification further demonstrates the importance and responsibility we feel to preserve and respect Oahu’s land and natural resources, which is part of what makes Hawaii so special.”
LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a globally recognized green building certification program that provides independent, third party verification that a building project meets the highest green building and performance measures. To obtain LEED certification, buildings must pass a rigorous checklist of sustainability points that include water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and awareness and education.
A few initiatives that earned Hokulani Waikiki LEED Certified status include the installation of a system that reclaims heat from the cooling towers that serve Hokulani and a number of other projects in the Waikiki Beach Walk entertainment district. The reclaimed heat is used to heat domestic hot water, heat the plunge pool and for dehumidification systems that remove excess humidity from all the ventilation air for the Hokulani guest rooms and public spaces. In addition to the substantial savings in purchased energy, reclaiming this heat energy reduces the load on the cooling towers. Since the cooling towers reject heat through the process of evaporation, this reduces the water consumption by up to half a million gallons per year.
Hokulani Waikiki was also recently recognized with a 2014 Gold Key Award for Excellence in Hospitality Design in the Best Timeshare/Fractional Ownership category by Boutique Design magazine. Los Angeles-based Indidesign, selected for the interior design of the property, used natural and native materials, finishes and textures to capture the essence of Hawaii’s vibrant culture and environment. Locally, the property was also recognized with a Hana Nui award from the Waikiki Improvement Association. This award recognizes a company, organization or group for its significant contribution toward the enduring revitalization of Waikiki’s physical, cultural and/or economic environment.
Hokulani Waikiki is located at 2181 Kalakaua Avenue providing guests with immediate access to premier shopping, dining and entertainment selections in the exciting Waikiki Beach Walk entertainment district. The property is comprised of 143 one-bedroom suites with elegant and personalized touches, which include a living room, boutique kitchen and spacious bathroom balancing Hawaiian aesthetic with modern elements. Guests and owners also have access to Nalani, an exclusive rooftop deck with plunge pool, bar, private cabanas and dynamic views of Waikiki. For more information, visit www.us.hokulaniwaikiki.com.
About Hilton Grand Vacations
Hilton Resorts Corporation, dba Hilton Grand Vacations, is a division of Hilton Worldwide, recognized as the leading global hospitality company. Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, Hilton Grand Vacations develops, markets and operates a system of brand name, high-quality vacation ownership resorts in select vacation destinations. The company also manages and operates two innovative club membership programs: Hilton Grand Vacations Club® and The Hilton Club®, providing exclusive exchange, leisure travel, and reservation services for more than 225,000 Club Members. For more information, visit hiltongrandvacations.com, hiltongrandvacationsmediacenter.com or connect at clubtraveler.com.
About Hilton Worldwide:
Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxury and full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and focused-service hotels. For 95 years, Hilton Worldwide has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences. The company's portfolio of eleven world-class global brands is comprised of more than 4,200 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties, with more than 690,000 rooms in 93 countries and territories, including Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio - A Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton HHonors®. Visit news.hiltonworldwide.com for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide at www.facebook.com/hiltonworldwide, www.twitter.com/hiltonworldwide, www.youtube.com/hiltonworldwide, www.flickr.com/hiltonworldwide and www.linkedin.com/company/hilton-worldwide.