Mauna Kea Resort Among Six Inaugural Members of the Institute for Healthy Destination Accreditation

Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel

Mauna Kea Resort has been selected as a founding member of the Institute for Healthy Destination Accreditation (IHDA), a new, healthy travel certification program. Only six resorts across the nation have been invited to join the inaugural group with Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel being the first and only Hawaii representatives thus far.

The proprietary science-based accreditation process is designed to help hotels measure and improve its health-related initiatives, amenities, facilities and personnel. The Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit also offers a consumer portal described as a cross between TripAdvisor and Consumer Reports, with a singular focus on healthy travel.

“Mauna Kea Resort has always been committed to providing a holistic healthy guest experience from exceptional recreation facilities and new LED lighting, to positive guest interactions and personal service with the aloha spirit,” said Phyllis Branco, hotel manager at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, in a written release.


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In order to be considered for an IHDA Approved Healthy Destination Membership, applicants must complete an online questionnaire outlining the Best Practices in Healthy Hospitality. This assessment tool demonstrates that the hotel meets the basic standards regarding programs, services, amenities and facilities contributing to the Healthy Guest Experience. The IHDA accreditation team then evaluates the destination's Best Practices and determines whether or not it qualifies for Approved Healthy Destination (AHD) status.

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