Sustainability at Ala Moana

Ala Moana Center is not only the largest shopping center in the state of Hawaii, but the largest open-air shopping center in the world.  Situated in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and over 2,000 miles from the nearest continent, we at Ala Moana Center have made a huge commitment to reduce our environmental impact on the island (and planet).  We treat every day like Earth Day by doing our part to conserve the state's limited resources and protect the island's fragile environment.  Have a look below to learn more about what we are doing to preserve the planet for future generations to come.

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With more than 53,000,000 customer visitations each year, Ala Moana Center creates a lot of waste. In 2018, Ala Moana Center achieved a 100% diversion from landfill.

trash pile of empty plastic bottles

Solar Production

Ala Moana Center's solar photo-voltaic system, designed and mobilized in the spring of 2013, is one of the largest rooftop solar systems in sunny Hawaii.  Today, our solar panel system utilizes a custom-designed fixed-tilt (stationary) steel racking solution with over 13,000 solar panels covering previoulsy unused roof space and topping Ala Moana Center's 4,500 space parking structure.  The planned solar production will produce nearly 6 million kWh annually; enough energy to power 950 Hawaii homes for an entire year.

ala moana center solar panels

Food Waste

All of Ala Moana Center's food waste is captured and moved to a processing plant, where it is turned into animal feed for local farms. This reduces the environmental footprint of the animal feed production process, utilizing an otherwise redundant resource in food waste. Ala Moana Center continues this feedback loop as some food court tenants and restaurants purchase meat from these same local farms.

Cow grazing by the ocean in Hawaii

Producing biodiesel

Recaptured cooking oil from the many Ala Moana Center restaurants is converted to approximately 66,490 gallons of biodiesel fuel annually, which is then used to power trucks, buses and other heavy machinery.

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