Guests Contribute to Garden Island Sustainability at
The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas
PRINCEVILLE, KAUA‘I, HAWAI‘I—With sustainability as one of its goals, The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas, has already entered into long-term relationships with local farmers since opening in April 2008 and also established an ongoing partnership with the Kaua‘i Food Bank. The resort’s General Manager Denise Wardlow along with other Starwood executives presented the Kaua‘i Food Bank with a $5,000 check at the grand opening on October 23, 2008. This contribution was in addition to the resort’s ongoing weekly donation of some 100 pounds of unopened, non-perishable food left over from villa owners, the onsite restaurant Nanea and on site general store, Princeville Market.
“We were delighted that the community joined us at the grand opening in welcoming Starwood
Vacation Ownership to Kaua‘i,” said General Manager Denise Wardlow. “The Westin
Princeville Ocean Resort Villas was designed to conserve and enhance the beauty of our magnificent natural surroundings and contribute to our community’s well-being.”
Chef Kahau Manzo and Director of Food & Beverage Todd Oldham regularly participate in the
Kaua‘i Community College Culinary Arts Program to mentor young students hoping to become a part of the hospitality industry. The program provides technical knowledge and skills training, including food preparation, safety, sanitation and customer service, for students entering the culinary field. The program recently received accreditation from the American Culinary Federation. Both Manzo and Oldham are also dedicated to a “local first” philosophy - incorporating fresh ingredients supplied by North Shore and other Kaua‘i farmers into the menus of the resort’s restaurants. The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas already has ongoing relationships with Kaua‘i growers such as Kailani Farms, Kaua‘i Fresh Farms, Layaoen Farms, SOS Farms, Kaua‘i Kunana Dairy, Garden Island Honey, Kaua‘i Coffee and the Farmer Incubator Program.
“When possible, we always buy locally grown produce,” said Wardlow. “Not only do these
products taste far fresher; purchasing them supports our local economy, causes less pollution
thanks to the reduced need for transportation, and gives our guests an authentic taste of our
island. Locally grown produce gives us a story to tell, particularly when we can put a face behind
the tomatoes that end up in our salads or the honey we enjoy on our baked treats. Our resort truly captures the beauty of Kaua‘i and benefits from our community’s commitment to keeping the Garden Island sustainable”
The resort features 173 two-bedroom villas, which can be used separately as a studio or a one-
bedroom unit. Vilas have all the comforts of home including a fully furnished kitchen, washer
and dryer. There are four pools, three whirlpools, a restaurant and a general store.
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