“Eco-friendly” and “sustainable” are words thrown around pretty freely these days – like “natural” wine, they’re often used for purchase intent rather than actual achievement. But in the case of The Cliffs at Princeville, a pristine resort on Kaua’i’s north shore, mouth and money are at odds: The Cliffs is a truly forward-thinking property on Hawaii’s most ambitious island in its goal of renewables. energy sources. it is 100% by 2030 (not a typo).
The resort’s progressive sustainability program addresses climate change and resilience, community operations and engagement, energy consumption and renewable energy production, land use and conservation, water use and conservation, waste management and recycling. And when I interviewed General Manager Jim Braman in September, it turned out that sustainability is as much about people as it is about the land—after doing a salary survey, he and his management team had just given all staff a raise. This gesture, stemming from a global pandemic, is nothing short of revolutionary and speaks to the resort’s desire to create long-term relationships with the people who will realize their primary goals.
Hawaii is on a mission to welcome visitors back to its islands with a conscious awareness of the ways tourism can help or hurt a place. The nationwide Mālama initiative encourages visitors to give back to the islands we love so much, and we see each island’s spin on this idea grow by leaps and bounds every year.
The Cliffs at Princeville, located on 22 acres high on the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, features more than 3,000 solar panels and 202 Tesla batteries, allowing the property to be more than 50 percent powered by renewable energy. There are 202 residential units, of which 129 are timeshares and 73 are individual condominiums. The Cliffs’ 2021 Sustainability Report documents a reduction in water use of 755,333 gallons that year, a 7.1 percent decrease from 2018. The property installed FloWater stations in 2019 to refill water bottles, offsetting 65,735 12-ounce 12-ounce bottles, approximately 4001 plastic bottles per month) that would either end up in recycling or landfill.
In even better news for guests, The Cliffs at Princeville is one of the most pleasant places to stay on the North Shore and one of the most affordable. One-bedroom suites start at $289 and include 917 square feet of living space, with two bathrooms, a full kitchen and private laundry, not to mention a 215-square-foot lanai. Four-bedroom suite layouts start at just $575.
Each building is only three stories high and all are surrounded by spacious lawns that open out to dramatic ocean views, a popular gathering place at sunset. It is an extremely peaceful spot whose peaceful calm seems to be contagious. There is a pool, tennis courts, nearby golf and food trucks in the parking lot some days of the week. The Cliffs at Princeville is also located in a residential neighborhood, which gives the feeling of blending in with the locals rather than staying in a traditional hotel.
Hot off the press: The Cliffs will introduce online electric car sharing to a Tesla rental program at the resort with Envoy Hawaiʻi next month. The Tesla EVIP program will begin with the delivery of two Tesla Model 3s in Princeville on December 6, 2022.
I cannot say enough good things about this happy, intimate, relaxed and very progressive resort whose management of Kaua’i is highly appreciated. For more information, visit The Cliffs at Princeville.