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The Cliffs At Princeville Is One Of Kaua‘i’s Most Sustainable — And Affordable — Hotels

“Eco-friendly” and “sustainable” are words tossed around pretty freely these days — much like “natural” wine, they’re often used to market intentions rather than actual accomplishments. But in the case of The Cliffs at Princeville, an impeccable resort on Kaua‘i’s North Shore, mouth and money are in lockstep: The Cliffs is a truly forward-looking property on Hawaiʻi’s most ambitious island in terms of its renewable energy goal, which is 100% by 2045 (not a typo). Kaua‘i is already at 69%.

The resort’s progressive sustainability program addresses climate change and resiliency, operations and community engagement, energy consumption and renewable energy production, land use and maintenance, water use and conservation, waste management, and recycling. And when I interviewed General Manager Jim Braman in September, it turns out that sustainability applies to humans as well as the earth — after doing a salary survey, he and his management team had just given the entire staff a raise. This gesture, coming out of a global pandemic, is nothing short of revolutionary, and it speaks to the resort’s desire to create long-term relationships with the people who will enact their overarching goals.

Hawaiʻi has been on a mission to welcome visitors back to its islands with mindful awareness about the ways in which tourism can help or harm a place. The statewide mālama initiative encourages visitors to give back to the islands we love so much, and we’re seeing each island’s spin on this concept grow by leaps and bounds each year.

The Cliffs at Princeville, set on 22 acres high on the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, has more than 3,000 solar panels and 202 Tesla batteries, allowing the property to be more than 50% powered by renewable energy. There are 202 residential units, 129 of which are timeshares and 73 of which are individually owned condominiums. The Cliffs’ 2021 Sustainability Report documented a 755,333-gallon reduction in water use that year, a 7.1% decrease from 2018. The property installed FloWater stations in 2019 for refilling water bottles, offsetting 65,735 12-ounce plastic bottles in 2021 (approximately 5,480 bottles per month) that would have either ended up in recycling or landfill.

In even more good news for visitors, The Cliffs at Princeville is one of the most delightful places to stay on the North Shore, and one of the most affordable. One-bedroom suites start at $449 and include 917 square-feet of living space, with two bathrooms, a full kitchen, and en-suite laundry, not to mention a 215 square-foot lanai.

Each building is only three stories high, and all are surrounded by spacious lawns stretching out to the dramatic ocean vista, a popular gathering place at sunset. It’s a remarkably quiet spot whose peaceful tranquility seems to be contagious. There’s a pool, tennis courts, nearby golf, and food trucks in the parking lot on some days of the week. The Cliffs at Princeville is also in a residential neighborhood, which lends the feeling of merging with the locals rather than being at a traditional hotel.

Hot off the press: The Cliffs will introduce online electric car sharing in an on-resort Tesla rental program with Envoy Hawaiʻi next month. The Tesla EVIP program will launch with the delivery of two Tesla Model 3s in Princeville on December 6, 2022.

I can’t say enough good things about this happy, homey, laidback, and very progressive resort whose stewardship of Kaua‘i is very much appreciated. For more information, visit The Cliffs at Princeville.

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