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Keeping It Green Hawai`i Award


Keeping It Green Hawai`i Award

Keeping It Green Hawai`i is a program that highlights projects and activities of schools, organizations, businesses, and government agencies that promote recycling, resource awareness, and sustainable practices in Hawai`i.

The objective of the program is to recognize positive “green projects” that are being implemented in communities throughout Hawai`i. This recognition can help motivate others to create events, activities, and projects that care for our environment and address local and global issues such as the energy crisis, climate change, the loss of natural habitats, and the preservation and perpetuation of the cultures of indigenous people.

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KTA Super Stores receives 2015 Keeping It Green Hawai`i Award

Recycle Recycle Hawai‘i and Earth-Friendly Schools Hawai‘i presented KTA Super Stores with a 2015 Keeping It Green Hawai‘i award as part of America Recycles Day.  
Founded in 1916, KTA Super Stores is a local family-owned supermarket business whose management, operations and customer service clearly demonstrate a commitment to the environment through its ‘Green Initiatives’:

  • Promotion and practice of the 3 R’s: reduce, reuse, recycle           
    KTA’s Ho‘ohana Hou initiative includes a rebate for customers bringing in reusable shopping bags and providing bins for plastic bags that are recycled along with other plastics used in their operations.
  • Support for organic farming and locally grown food                         
    KTA strongly supports the concept of grown-in Hawai‘i foods and believes it offers local pride and sustainability to build on. KTA’s Mountain Apple Brand highlights its support of more than 200 different food products grown, manufactured or processed on Hawai‘i Island.
  • Utilizes renewal, alternative energy sources                                               
    In early 2007, KTA Super Stores was the first supermarket in Hawai‘i to install and operate energy-producing photovoltaic (PV) systems at their Waimea and Kailua-Kona locations. In early 2013, they expanded their renewable energy program by installing PV systems at their Keauhou, Kona store and Waikoloa Village Market. To date, these photovoltaic systems have reduced emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) by over 4,590 tons. This is equivalent to planting nearly 869 acres of trees or not driving 8,618,957 miles.
  • Youth service-learning projects that protect our natural resources   KTA’s Kōkua I Nā Kula Community Service Project includes an option for students to help upcycle and recycle thousands of Mylar snack, chip & juice wrappers. (See sidebar article for more.)
  • Reduce/offset C02 emissions; envision climate change solutions        
    In 2010, KTA became a sustainable contributor to voluntary climate protection by producing their Super Saver coupon booklets in a climate-neutral manner that offsets C02 emissions. Their printing uses soy based inks, paper of which 90% was produced using renewable energy and chlorine-free fiber from North American sources that meets all ISO environmental and quality standards.

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2015 Keeping It Green Hawai‘i Award presentation: (left to right)
Andrew Chun, KTA Vice Pres.; Paul Buklarewicz, Recycle Hawai‘i Executive Director; Tony Armstrong, KTA Supervisor and Marsha Hee, Earth-Friendly Schools Coordinator.

Haunted House KTA 2 photo by Tony Armstrongn The Wizard KTA resized photo by Tong Armstrong

Tony Armstrong, a Supervisor at KTA’s Puainako store, utilizes recycled items for the entire Halloween Haunted House and all his instore seasonal decorations. He upcycles plastic jugs, colored cardboard, white paper ... and he makes a display in the store for customers to see how to recycle items. 



Congratulations to the 2012 Recycle Hawai`i "Keeping It Green" Award Recipients!

The awardees for 2012 were recognized at the America Recycles Day Concert on November 15 at the Palace Theater in Hilo. They included the Kokua Hawai`i Foundation, Hui o Laka, Maui Tomorrow Foundation, The Kohala Center, Kanu o ka `Aina Learning `Ohana, Innovations Public Charter School, One Island Sustainable Living Center, Waianuhea Bed & Breakfast, Kohala Burger & Taco and Mr. K’s Recycling & Redemption Center.

Read the press release here.


Congratulations to the 2011 Recycle Hawai`i
"Keeping It Green" Award Recipients!

Annie's Island Fresh Burgers in Kealakekua

Natural Pacific Tofu in Keaau

Volcano Art Center

Volcano Garden Arts/Ono Cafe


Congratulations to the 2010 Recycle Hawai`i
"Keeping It Green" Award Recipients!

Island Naturals Market in Hilo and Kailua-Kona 

Hana Hou Restaurant in Naalehu

Kilauea Lodge and Restaurant in Volcano 

Quality Builders in Waimea

with an honorable mention to Ali'i Garden Market in Kailua-Kona


Keeping It Green Hawai`i Participating Earth-Friendly Schools for the 2009/2010 school year were Kohala Middle School and Konawaena High School on the Big Island, Kamali`i Elementary School on Maui and Kapaa Middle School on Kauai.

Read the pdf version of the article in the Hawaii Tribune Herald