TripAdvisor recognizes businesses

The Pacific Whale Foundation, the Maui Coast Hotel and Local Tastes of Maui have been recognized by TripAdvisor with certificates of excellence.

The certificate signifies that a business is among the top 10 percent of businesses worldwide on TripAdvisor, which tracks travelers’ ratings of businesses.

This year marks the second year in a row that the foundation has received the honor, according to whale foundation Executive Director Greg Kaufman.

“Each and every day, our team works hard to introduce guests to Maui’s unique ocean environment with professionalism and real enthusiasm,” Kaufman said.

Cindi Weldon, owner of Local Tastes of Maui, said her business strives to give customers a memorable experience, “and this accolade is evidence that our hard work is translating into positive reviews on TripAdvisor.”