With a guest like Jack Johnson, the “Whose
Keeping Hawai‘i Green” second annual award ceremony
certainly made those who could not attend “green” with
envy. The ceremony was held earlier this fall in the lush Moanalua
Gardens to acknowledge companies and individuals for their
dedication to protecting, preserving, and improving our environment.
This is a zero waste affair,” explained Jade Moon, emcee
for the evening and a representative of Pacific Basin Communications,
the state’s most prominent PR firm.
Moon acknowledged the importance of there being a sustainable
Hawai‘i for future generations to enjoy. “Will
you be able to say you did everything you could?” she
During the awards presentation and dinner service, classy in
black-tie waiters were table side for every request displaying
impeccable service for those who enjoyed a full wine glass
at all times!
The event beneficiary was the the Kokua Hawai‘i Foundation,
a locally derived nonprofit organization that supports environmental
education in the schools and communities of Hawai‘i.
Johnson, a Hawai‘i-based singer who has sold millions
of CDs nationwide, was honored for his support of the Foundation
and was recognized for educating people about the importance
of green living.
The Kokua Hawai‘i Foundation enhances their appreciation
(the kids) for the earth’s resources; it really gets
them involved,” emcee Moon said.
Mattson Davis, CEO of Kona Brewing Company, shared a vibrant
and colorful story of his success with becoming one of Hawai‘i’s
most green brewing companies and his path to sustainability.
Davis explained the importance of making the brewery as green
At no time in history have we consumed more. The impact we
are making on the environment is just staggering,” Davis
Davis boasted the brewery’s green practices include using
all Hawai‘i-grown ingredients, using biodiesel fuel from
used vegetable oil for delivery trucks, using energy-saving
and compact fluorescent lighting. The company will soon incorporate
photovoltaic solar cells to produce electricity at the brewery.
Leftover grain, yeast, and hops from the brewing process is
donated to cattle farms for feed.
The beers’ packaging is from recycled cardboard, and
Kona Brewing Co. even delivers products to restaurants and
bars without packaging, and in reusable trays.
Kona Brewing Company leaves less of a carbon footprint, but
it’s still damn good beer,” he said.
Deb Mascia, owner of Mu‘umu‘u Heaven, accepted
her award, for most green business in retail, in a less-than-modest
form, curtseying her way up to the stage. There was not a guest
that didn’t receive an air blown kiss from the green-inspired
Mu‘umu‘u Heaven is a family-run business in Kailua
that designs creative individual and personalized muumuus,
and other clothing articles from recycled muumuus and aloha
Give me your trash and I’ll make something out of it,” she
Mascia dedicates her business and life to the green movement
by not cutting any corners on being completely green. In a
recent article Mascia said “every single piece is found
by me or donated.” She even decorated her shop with all
recycled objects and refuses to take the easy way out by shopping
at Home Depot.
I’d rather sit at the Kapaa Quarry dump road and wait
for that perfect piece to come by,” she said.
The event was a green celebration leaving guests entertained,
full-bellied and with a sense of ease knowing that the entire
event was eco-friendly and left no carbon footprint on the ‘aina.
Underneath the large canopy-like white tent, guests mingled
and exchanged salutations. From the organic Tilonia tablecloths,
biodegradable napkins, bamboo dinnerware, and biodegradable
plastic cups donated from Kona Brewing Company to the clean-burning
candlesticks, no corners were cut in making this luxurious
event green all-around.
Recycle bins were available on site; event materials were printed
on 100 percent post-consumer paper; Mu‘umu‘u Heaven
provided guests with reusable tote bags made of recycled vintage
aloha wear; environmentally friendly beverages by Ocean Vodka,
Makulu, Oko Wines, and Barefoot Bubbly, Glaceau’s signature
waters, and coffee from Honolulu Coffee Company were served.
Even the event equipment (flatware, glassware, and linens)
were reusable and rented.
The soiree began at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception featuring
live musical entertainment by The Girlas, followed by the awards
ceremony and a five-course gourmet dinner at 6:30 p.m.
The honorees and guests sipped wine and their organic martinis
under the illuminating eco-friendly paper lanterns using energy
efficient lighting and natural light from the setting sun.
The decorations from the event will be used in future events
and donated to appropriate organizations. Awardees, Evolution
Sage, for the Green Pioneer Award (Hawai‘i’s only
group countering climate change) provided carbon offsetting
and Pacific Biodiesel, Inc. powered the celebration with biodiesel
Guests dined on spicy ahi salad, pan-seared onaga with prawn
risotto, Kulana short ribs with gnocchi, and a chocolate raspberry
truffle cheesecake for desert. All the food was prepared by
award-winning chefs from TOWN & Downtown Restaurants, Nobu
Waikiki, Beachhouse at the Moana, RumFire, and Cake Envy, all
using mostly organic and locally grown food, even the leftover
food was composted.
The event was sponsored by: City & County of Honolulu,
Hagadone Printing (Wind sponsors), Puna Geothermal Venture,
HECO, Suntech Hawai‘i, and Monsanto Hawai‘i (earth