Our Islands boast precious and finite natural resources, and Castle & Cooke understands what it takes to thrive in this special place. We also understand that business success depends on balancing economic, social and environmental objectives. Our company has invested time, research and resources into providing the highest quality homes to our customers at the best possible value. In doing so, we strive for the highest operational efficiencies while mitigating and minimizing our impact on the environment. The company manages diverse initiatives to operate in a sustainable manner.
Hawai‘i has some of the highest electric utility costs in the nation due to its isolated location and dependence on imported oil for 75% of its electrical generation. Castle & Cooke Hawai‘i has engaged in renewable energy generation using its land holdings and expertise to cultivate abundant natural resources, including wind and sun, that will reduce or stabilize electrical generating costs.
We began by developing Lā Ola, the 1.5-megawatt (MW) solar facility with battery storage on Lāna‘i. Expanding on this expertise, a 20-MW Solar Park is under development on our lands in Central O‘ahu. The Mililani South Solar Park will be comprised of four separately owned 5 MW Solar Farms that will collectively power more than 6,500 households.
Castle & Cooke is poised to provide 10-20% of O‘ahu’s annual electricity demand (the energy equivalent to power over 115,000 households) from Lāna‘i Wind Power, working with the state, Hawaiian Electric Company and U.S. Department of Energy to bring 200-400 MW of Lāna‘i Wind to the people of Hawai‘i.
These renewable energy programs are part of our overall strategy to provide real solutions to reducing Hawai‘i’s oil dependency.
Fresh Aloha Direct program
Castle & Cooke has partnered with the Fresh Aloha Direct program to offer fresh produce distributing from two locations: the Kapolei sales office and the Friday Farmers Market at Dole Cannery in Iwilei.
Each month, members can choose from a diverse selection of locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs, including zucchini, sweet potatoes, cucumber, eggplant, sweet corn, string beans, sweet onions, ginger, apple bananas, broccoli, melons, romaine lettuce, oranges, tomatoes, bell peppers, cabbages, avocado, papaya, green onion and cilantro, depending on what’s fresh and in season. Each box comes with a new recipe to help homeowners put those ingredients to use.
Through the Fresh Aloha Direct program, homeowners can:
- Eat nutritious, seasonal, local produce
- Educate children about the importance of agriculture
- Learn to cook with a variety of new vegetables and fruits
- Meet local farmers in the community
Interested in the program? Register and learn more: http://freshalohadirect.com/
Castle & Cooke Self-Storage
Castle & Cooke’s Self-Storage building in Mililani is a U.S. Green Building Council registered project and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified. It includes:
- Solar roof tiles to provide 60,000 kilowatt-hours of energy per year
(50% of the building’s projected annual energy use)
- Compact-fluorescent bulbs and occupancy sensor lights
- Environmentally-friendly building materials
- Green housekeeping and recycling program
- “Green” parking (located near front entrance) for hybrid-electric or electric vehicles