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In an effort to speed the adoption of renewable energy in Hawaii and reduce the islands’ reliance on fossil fuels, Kyo-ya partnered with Better Place to install five electric vehicle charging stations in the Sheraton Waikiki beach parking garage.
Kyo-ya is the first in Hawaii’s visitor industry to participate in this electric car charging network and will use its two electric cars as fleet vehicles and shuttles to transport VIP guests between the airport and its four Waikiki hotels.
In the initial pilot phase of the Better Place charging network, the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute of the University of Hawaii tracked usage, recharge performance, and grid and driver behavior to efficiently plan for future charging stations.
On November 21, 2011, Kyo-ya made the charging stations available to the public. Guests of the Sheraton Waikiki and The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, or anyone attending an event, dining at either of the hotels or who simply wishes to valet-park there, will now be able to charge their electric cars at the standard fee for valet parking service.
To have an electric vehicle charged, drivers can pull up to the valet in the porte-cochere of the Sheraton Waikiki or The Royal Hawaiian. A valet attendant will drive the vehicle to an available charging station in the parking structure and take care of the entire recharging process. Up to four electric cars can be accommodated at the same time. When the driver is ready to leave the hotel, an attendant will retrieve the recharged vehicle and return it to the driver in the porte-cochere.