Carbon Credit for Guests Traveling to Maui

Spring vacation package offsets flights from West Coast to Maui

By: Dawna Robertson

The volcanoes, pristine waters, tropical rainforests and lush landscapes of the Aloha State are a draw for millions of visitors each year. This spring, when guests purchase the Honua Makuahine (Mother Earth) vacation package from Destination Resorts Hawaii, they also contribute to preserving this beautiful environment through a $250 carbon credit included in the offer.

Destination Resorts Hawaii, the largest provider of luxury vacation rentals in the upscale Wailea and Makena destinations on Maui, is offering the Honua Makuahine package that includes five nights lodging, complimentary Dollar rental car use, free parking and a $250 carbon credit per booking. The offer is valid April 1-June 15.

Package rates are from $1,080 based on lodging in a one-bedroom condominium. Prices vary depending on the unit size, with choices ranging to a three-bedroom vacation rental. The $250 carbon credit offsets an average of 3.5 roundtrip flights from Los Angeles to Maui based on calculations from

“We came up with the idea because green travel is becoming more and more important to the consumer,” said Maynard Torchiana, managing director for Destination Resorts Hawaii. “We believed this idea would address consumers’ growing consciousness to this important issue. We selected a carbon credit as our incentive because that seems to be an industry accepted way to offset carbon emissions. The carbon credit also provided us with a unique positioning among other resorts in Hawaii because no one is offering a similar package.”

Torchiana added that the company has received numerous calls about the package because it's so unique to Hawaii.

“We've received a positive response from these calls and have booked a number of packages,” said Torchiana.

Destination Resorts Hawaii offers an elegant “home away from home” atmosphere providing a unique destination experience that is appealing to families, golfers and individual travelers who enjoy the convenience and space offered in a vacation home.

The company is the only collection of vacation rentals in the Wailea and Makena areas to offer a centralized check-in desk conveniently located in The Shops at Wailea. Here, the staff provides guests with a brief orientation to their residence, keys and any other pertinent information to help them enjoy their vacation on Maui.

A concierge is also located in the check-in area to provide guests with one-stop shopping to book all of their island adventures. This office is open seven days a week and there are property managers available 24 hours a day should guests need any assistance.

The exemplary services continue after check-in as guests can arrange for grocery pick-up and delivery, spa treatments in the comfort of their accommodations, high-speed Internet access (in most properties), and free local and long-distance telephone calling.

“Destination Resorts Hawaii is managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts, which is in the process of rolling out an initiative called Destination Earth,” Torchiana said. “As part of Destination Earth, Destination Resorts Hawaii will be implementing a number of green operational practices and policies over the next year.”

When booking online, please use promotional code GREENPKG. All rates and packages are commissionable at 10 percent.