Tides Of Commerce: Gardens fully restored, open to public

The Enchanting Floral Gardens in Kula has reopened.

The restored “living exhibit” of exotic plants and flowers is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 2505 Kula Highway. The 8-acre property has more than 1,500 imported tropical and semi-tropical botanical species, including rare proteas, orchids, hibiscus, jade vines and other varieties that cannot be found anywhere else on the island, a news release said.

The gardens were developed by renowned Japanese botanist and petunia breeder Kazuo Takeda.

Since it was sold in 2012, the property has been fully restored by the new owner. It will soon be available as a “botanical laboratory” for Maui County schools as well as a venue for artists-in-residence and intimate social gatherings.

Fore more information, see or call 878-2531.

* Cheq please. Cheqbook, a Kahului-based accounting service for small businesses and accounting professionals, has opened for business.

Maui CPA Doug Levin, a partner in the CPA firm Levin & Hu, is chief executive officer of the company and heads the online site that handles tasks, such as general ledger, invoicing, bill pay and balance-sheet reporting.

Cheqbook provides services for small businesses and sole proprietors who typically have trouble finding the time to manage their accounting, according to a news release.

Every night, Cheqbook securely connects to its clients’ bank and credit card companies, downloads the transactions and categorizes them. The company is “cloud-based,” meaning that businesses can gain access to their finances anywhere and at anytime on most Internet devices.

The service has been two years in the making and is funded in part by the state of Hawaii’s Qualified High Tech Business tax credits, the release said.

For more information, see

* Let’s get physical. Fitness instructor Morgan Torres has brought her Passion of Movement studio to the Royal Lahaina Resort at its new fitness center.

Programs include abdominal exercise, pilates mat work with props, stretching and flexibility training, flow yoga, Bosu Circuit for toning and stability, beach boot camp and plyometrics.

Torres has taught at resorts on Maui and on Lanai.

Classes are open and free to hotel guests. Nonguests also may join for a fee.

For more information, call (800) 222-5642 or see

* Lauds for lobby. Armstrong Pacific recently received a 2013 Kukulu Hale Award Renovation Award from the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties Association for its $2 million transformation of the Hyatt Regency Maui’s lobby in Kaanapali.

The project was completed in 10 weeks, during occupancy, with minimal disruption to guests, a release said.

The remodel of the 30-year-old, 3,646-square-foot lobby combined natural colors and modern touches that created a more vibrant, luxurious and inviting entryway accentuating the surrounding natural beauty, the news release added.

There also are marble-clad columns, new porcelain tile and an enhanced observation deck overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Armstrong Companies is a multidisciplinary group of affiliated companies involved in all aspects of real estate, including development, design, sales, construction, property management and community philanthropy.

* Tides of Commerce is a business feature that will run from time to time with information on new businesses and awards and recognitions of Maui County businesses.