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Keeping It Green Hawai`i Award


Keeping It Green Hawai`i Award

The Keeping It Green Hawai`i Award recognizes organizations, businesses, schools and government agencies for demonstrating ongoing commitment and activities that address natural resource conservation, “green” practices and preserving the environmental quality of life in Hawai‘i.

To be considered for a KIGH award, nominees demonstrate and explain how their project exemplifies two or more of the following focus topics:

  • 3 R’s (reduce, reuse, recycle) & Zero Waste
  • Climate Change
  • Energy, Water & Natural Resources
  • Green Building & Sustainable Design (LEED, EDGE)
  • Native Cultural Gathering Rights & Practices
  • Native Species
  • Open Space, Trails & Greenways
  • Sustainable Agriculture & Food Literacy.

EXPLAIN project goals & objectives, how they were met & what impact or need it served for the community. Describe activities, measurable & qualitative outcomes.
INCLUDE supportive documentation (e.g. letters, news, flyers, photos with caption & credit), contact person & information.
SUBMIT this nomination information by May 1, 2017 to:

Marsha Hee
RH Education Director

Phone/fax (808) 985-8725
Downloadable KIGH flyer


2016 KIGH Awards to Hawai‘i Island UMO Collection Sites

Selected island businesses that cooperated in the Used Motor Oil (UMO) program received 2016 Keeping It Green Hawai‘i Awards. The UMO program was a cooperative project by Recycle Hawai‘i, County of Hawai‘i Department of Environmental Management and private businesses on Hawai‘i Island. Certificates were presented to current Hawai‘i Island businesses that have served on a voluntary basis as permanent collection sites for resident do-it-yourself users to bring their used motor oil for proper disposal.

We mahalo these businesses for their years of community service, commitment and comprehensive support for reducing significant amounts of hazardous materials into our environment through responsible waste management. In 2014-2015, these businesses collected a combined total of 13,342 gallons of used motor oil.

Kealakehe High School/Auto Mechanic Dept. 2002- present (longest)
Pa‘auilo Village Service 2005 - present
South Point U-Cart (Ocean View) 2005 - present
Kohala CarTow 2007 - present
Big Island Toyota (Kona) -2009 - 2013
Big Island Toyota (Hilo) 2009 - 2016
Pacific Customs, LLC (Kea‘au) 2012 - 2016
RPM (Kawaihae) 2013 - present
O’Reilly Auto Parts (Kona) 2014 - present

Several site visits are shown here in photos by Paul J Buklarewicz.

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South Point U-Cart in Ocean View with Stan Troeller, owner (l) & Kaida Houvener (r).

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CarTow Kohala in Hawi with staff (left to right) Mark Moligor, Bulla Lepen & Diane Holcomb


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

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’:


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