Outrigger Hotels and Resorts

Outrigger Hotels and Resorts

How might we and our guests contribute to coral reef preservation and the health of our ocean?



Challenge Brief

Over 60% of the world’s coral reefs are under immediate threat from climate change, over fishing, and land-based pollution.  To tackle this issue, Outrigger Hotels and Resorts launched OZONE, (i.e. Outrigger’s Zone).

OZONE is our global conservation initiative committed to preserving coral reefs. We generate awareness and enhance our guest’s experience through interaction and learning. Guests of Outrigger Resorts may view in-room videos, sample reef-friendly sunscreen, attend on-property lectures, and participate in community activities like coral planting. Our current Waikiki OZONE initiatives and efforts are listed below.


Like the ancient voyagers who gave us our name, we were born with a passion for discovery. Let’s discover how to take coral reef preservation and our contribution for ocean health, to the next level.


What can we do in our hotels and resorts to reduce the plastic footprint that threatens ocean health?  How might we engage our guests in contributing to coral conservation and ocean health?  What can we do to help the health of our ocean and preserve our natural environment?  


For beach destinations, we know that if the ocean is not clean, no one wants to go there. Hence, there are so many benefits for the ocean to be healthy. We are eager to hear your ideas on how we might contribute to preserving coral reefs and the health of the ocean.



Collaboration Incentive

– The winning team is invited to experience our Voyager 47 Club Lounge to discuss how to make your idea happen.

– Two members of the team are invited to join the EEx Town Square summit by Elemental Excelerator.

– Sultan Ventures provides a co-working space in downtown Honolulu for 1 month for the winning team.

– The best team gets a $1,000 credit for any of the XLR8HI Entrepreneurial Workshops provided by XLR8HI


Current Waikiki OZONE initiatives and efforts

Reef Safe Sunscreen is available on property.

– Our guests are provided with a reusable shopping bag to use during their stay to reduce the need for plastic bags.

– The two restaurants at the Outrigger Reef The Reef Bar & Market Grille as well as Kani Ka Pila Grill are both registered as platinum level Ocean-Friendly Restaurants through Surfrider Foundation, which means that neither location uses straws, plastic bags, or styrofoam, and they follow proper recycling practices, use reusable tableware and offer discounts to people who bring their own reusable cups and mugs.

– For our 70th anniversary celebration at the Outrigger Reef, all plates and utensils were made from organic material.

– As a sponsor of our OZONE Day at the Waikiki Aquarium, we requested that all participating organizations don’t bring bottled water for their volunteers and instead use the bottle refill station that we partnered with Kokua Foundation to provide.

– We offer cultural activities for our guests, partner with Polynesian Voyaging Society, and have multiple cultural displays encouraging guests to learn about Hawaiian culture.