2 Hale Mahaolu projects to get PV systems

Hawaii Pacific Solar, with HEA Hawaii Solar, has signed a contract to install solar photovoltaic systems on two Hale Mahaolu projects on Maui.

The systems will be installed on the senior housing at Hale Mahaolu Ehiku in Kihei that has 115 units and the 35-unit Hale Mahaolu Eono in Lahaina.

Construction was scheduled to begin this month, and the system should be operational at the beginning of December, a news release said.

The total amount of PV installed will be 97.5 kilowatt hours, producing an estimated 143,000 kwh of electrical power annually, the news release said.

The systems will be owned and operated by Kairos Energy Capital under a Power Purchase Agreement in which the power produced will be sold at a rate lower than is currently paid for power over a 20-year period.

The estimated annual savings to Hale Mahaolu is $21,000, the news release said. Under a PPA, there will be no upfront installation costs to Hale Mahaolu, only the obligation to purchase the power produced.

GETTING FIT. Anytime Fitness, a 24-hour, coed fitness club, has a franchise in Pukalani at 3390 Old Haleakala Highway, Suite B.

Members may work out any time of the day or night. A security access key is required to enter the club.

Anytime Fitness also allows members to use any of the more than 2,100 clubs in the U.S., Canada, South America, Asia, Europe and Australia.

The club has circuit and cross-training machines, free weights, stationary bicycles, TRX and treadmills.

“Being an Upcountry kid, I know how important it is to have businesses available for the Upcountry residents,” said owner Sean Higuchi. “Having a gym accessible, close to home, will make health and fitness much more achievable for everyone.”

For more information, call 633-6463 or see www.anytimefitness.com.

AD AGENCY. Cynthia Conrad, a Maui artist, has opened a full-service advertising agency called Cynthia Conrad Design. The agency focuses on all areas of graphic design and media placement from creating logos and business stationary to brochures, banners and print ads.

Website creation and design are offered as well as product packaging and labeling. Political campaign coordination also is offered.

For more information, call 280-4466 or email cconraddesign@gmail.com.

BELLY HERE. Belly, a free phone application or physical card for customers, is now on Maui. It is a turnkey marketing and loyalty program for businesses that focuses on driving more revenue from customers by rewarding current customers and continually gaining new ones.

Belly gives businesses “everything they need” to create a custom iPad-based platform that consolidates all mobile social data and email marketing strategies, a news release said. Customers receive customized rewards, while businesses get to collect their customers’ data, track their visits and gain greater exposure on channels such as Facebook and Yelp.

For more information, contact Mokihana Jourdan at 298-1099 or send email to mokihana@bellyreps.com.

STORE MOVE. A temporary Honolua Store has opened in Kapalua Village Center, up the street from the store’s original location. The store is undergoing a major renovation.

Although only temporary, the new location offers a deli menu and espresso bar with interior and exterior eating areas. There also are daily specials; call 665-9133.

The historic store site was closed in August. The remodeling will increase the store’s size and maintain the store’s original rustic feel and look, the news release said.

There will be an updated coffee bar, an expanded deli, and as well as new produce and grocery sections.

The work is scheduled to be completed in December prior to the 2014 Hyundai PGA Tournament of Champions at the Kapalua Plantation Course in January.