Goldwings Supplies Wildlife Friendly Lighting for Maui Parking Lot

Goldwings Supply Service, Inc. recently supplied state-of-the-art SCL2 Series lighting developed by commercial solar lighting leader First Light Technologies to cover the 640-stall Ma‘alaea Triangle Parking Lot on Maui, shared by Maui Ocean Center and Ma‘alaea Harbor Shops.

The new energy-efficient, wildlife-friendly lighting includes 66 light poles 16 feet high with downward-facing, fully shielded lights, replacing more than two dozen traditional 30-foot light poles installed 27 years ago.

These self-contained solar LED lights have a filter that reduces blue light below 2 percent, which is the threshold set by the Maui County Council in its efforts to help reduce the impact of artificial light on our wildlife. The lighting also installs without wires or trenching, which reduces the environmental impact and cost.

The durable lights can withstand hurricanes and floods, and have a life expectancy of up to two decades. By reducing the height and orientation of the lights, as well as adding shields and blue light filters, wildlife such as seabirds and sea turtles are less likely to get disoriented and killed or injured.

The Maui Ocean Center has worked closely with the Maui Nui Seabird Recovery Project to help implement the lighting. The Maui Nui Seabird Recovery Project is a combined effort of The Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit of the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa in association with Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) and Pacific Rim Conservation. 

For more, read Maui Now’s coverage here.

Photo Courtesy Maui Ocean Center