Hilton Waikoloa Village canal boats go electric

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The boats have also been equipped with LED lights for illuminating the canals at night, updated cabin lighting and a new sound system.
The boats have also been equipped with LED lights for illuminating the canals at night, updated cabin lighting and a new sound system.

As part of the resort's efforts to reduce its environmental impact, Hilton Waikoloa Village has converted its canal boats to electric-powered engines. 

The mahogany canal boats that transport guests around the 62-acre Island of Hawaii property were originally introduced in 1988 with the resort's opening, and now they will be converted to fully electric propulsion systems with additional upgrades. The conversion will save 12 gallons of gas per boat, per day for the four converted watercraft.  

The new motors also generates less noise, and the boats have been equipped with LED lights for illuminating the meandering canals at night, updated cabin lighting, and a new sound system. 

In addition to the boat conversion, the resort has introduced complimentary reusable water bottles for guests staying in the Makai at Lagoon Tower, where water filling stations are installed on every floor, and is replacing plastic straws with biodegradable alternatives as part of its sustainability efforts.

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