WAILEA - The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui will go dark at 8:30 p.m. Saturday as part of Earth Hour 2012, a global environmental awareness event organized by the World Wildlife Fund.
This is the fourth year the resort has participated in the worldwide event to draw attention to climate change.
"As the world's largest climate change initiative, Earth Hour provides a unique opportunity for Fairmont colleagues and guests to participate in a worldwide event," said resort General Manager Charles Head. "It is also a terrific opportunity to demonstrate our ongoing pledge to environmental awareness and energy conservation."
In addition to switching off nonessential lighting for an hour, The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui will mark the eco-friendly event by encouraging guests to turn on flashlights in each guest room, and from their lanai (balcony), shine their lights in unity showing support for this environmental initiative.
In addition, the hotel will illuminate its main entrance with more than 200 floating candles in the lobby fountain and offer other events including unplugged entertainment.
Earth Hour began in Sydney in 2007, when 2 million people switched off their lights. By 2010, hundreds of millions of people in more than 4,000 cities in 88 countries switched off their lights to pledge their support for the planet. Last year, a record 5,200 cities and towns in 135 countries worldwide participated in the global event.