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Mauna Lani Beach

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Or should I say, Aloha?

It turns out that one of the world's top Earth Friendly getaways is the Mauna Lani Resort on the Kohala Coast of Hawaii's Big Island.

Condé Nast Traveler magazine, which keeps track of these things, says the resort generates the most solar electric power of any luxury resort in the world.

The hotel has dedicated three acres for a photovoltaic system that directly converts sunlight into electricity. This system supplies electricity and powers the resort's water pumping system.

Over the next 25 years, it's estimated that the Mauna Lani's solar system will have saved the Big Island's microclimate from having to absorb 12 thousand tons of carbon dioxide -- the greenhouse gas most closely associated with global warming.

The resort also racked up points with Condé Nast because it's a captive breeding site for the endangered sea turtle. Turtles raised in saltwater ponds are released as part of the hotel's annual Fourth of July Sea Turtle Independence Day Celebration, raising awareness for this recovering species.

So as you're planning your vacation, check out Condé Nast's Green List featuring eco-friendly vacation spots online.

Script by Bob Rhein