New store specializes in clothes, accessories for dolls and girls

Forever H & A Maui, a shop that sells Hawaiian American Girl doll dresses and matching girls’ dresses, has opened at The Wharf Cinema Center in Lahaina town.

The store also has accessories for dolls and girls and a variety of made-on-Maui gifts, including candles, sea glass and shell jewelry and tree ornaments.

Owner Romela Agbayani makes dresses in her shop.

For more information see or call Forever H & A Maui at 661-1760.

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GYM GROWTH. Maui Powerhouse Gym in Kihei will expand its gym by 60 percent with renovations to be completed by early 2014.

Additions include a new front desk, new kids club, dedicated functional fitness areas and new locker and shower rooms, which will have a separate men’s and women’s saunas.

Plans include adding more cardio equipment, two aerobic studios, one of which will be used as a dedicated spin theater with 30 new spin bikes.

Nagel Designs, the company that did the recent makeover of the Honolulu Club on Oahu, is handling Powerhouse’s renovations.

The gym, located at 1279 S. Kihei Road Suite 118, will be open during the renovations.

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NEW MINIT. Minit Stop will be opening a store and a gas station in Lahaina, at 10 Kupuohi St., in November.

It is accepting applications for cashiers, cooks and food preparation workers.

For an application, go to any Minit Stop location or visit

There are 10 Minit Stop locations on Maui and six on the Big Island.

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WOOD AWARDS. Two Maui artists won honorable mention awards in the Hawai’i Forest Industry Association’s 2013 juried Hawaii’s “Woodshow,” Na La’au of Hawai’i.

Tom Calhoun, who owns World Wood Works in Kula, took honorable mention in the open category for “Persephone’s Purse,” which was crafted from mango, dyed poplar faceted rubies, garnet beads, silk kumihimo weaving, embossed leather and cork.

Shaun Fleming took an honorable mention for her piece “Maui Forest,” which was crafted from koa, camphor and European beach veneer. Her furniture making business, Wooden Touches, is based in Haiku.

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NEW BOARD. The Maui Hotel & Lodging Association recently installed is 2013-2014 board of directors at its annual meeting at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa.

Board members are representatives of hotel properties and allied businesses that are association members.

The board members are: Nane Aluli, The Mauian Hotel; Tom Donovan, Grand Wailea; Tom Bell, Royal Lahaina Resort; Nancy Chaplick, Oceanic Time Warner Cable; Charles Head, Fairmont Kea Lani; Allan Farwell, Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa; Dawn Kane, Maui Condo and Home LLC; Gregg Lundberg, The Westin Maui Resort & Spa; Gregg Nelson, Napili Kai Beach Resort; Lisa Paulson, Maui Hotel & Lodging Association; Yuki Lei Sugimura, Connec LLC; Sharon Suzuki, Maui Electric Co.; George Szigeti, Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association; Maynard Torchiana, Destination Resorts Hawaii; Mike White, Ka’anapali Beach Hotel; Tetsuji Yamazaki, Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa.

The Maui Hotel & Lodging Association is a nonprofit organization founded in 1987 to advocate for the visitor industry.

The organization also provides educational opportunities and scholarships and gives back to the community via the annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk, Excellence in Education golf tournament and Kupuna Dinner. For more information, call 244-8625.

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