Hawaii Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona honored nine of the state's hotels for their environmentally friendly business practices March 22.

"Protecting Hawaii's natural environment and precious resources is a shared responsibility," Aiona said. "Through innovative green practices such as conserving valuable resources, reducing waste and protecting Hawaii's environment, these businesses are doing their part to ensure that our residents and visitors can continue to enjoy a healthy environment."

The hotels were recognized for efforts designed to significantly increase energy savings, water conservation practices, pollution prevention, solid-waste reduction and recycling programs.

Hawaii Green Business Awards were given to Oahu's Sheraton Princess Kaiulani, Ko Olina Marriott Beach Club and Aqua Bamboo & Spa; Maui's Fairmount Kea Lani, Marriott Ocean Club, Wailea Beach Marriott and Ritz-Carlton Kapalua; and Kauai's Marriott Waiohai Beach Club and Grand Hyatt Resort & Spa.

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