The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono wins 2014 TripAdvisor award

The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono has won a 2014 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence.

According to a news release, the award signifies that the Inn “has consistently earned outstanding feedback from TripAdvisor travelers. This prestigious award is based on the quality of reviews and opinions you’ve earned on TripAdvisor over the past year.”

The inn also received the same honor in 2011 and 2013.

The inn is located at 2199 Kahookele St. in Wailuku; its website is


NEW STORE. Vicki C’s Paradise to Go, a nostalgic and contemporary art store, opened in the Lahaina Cannery Mall in the summer.

It offers one-of-a-kind nostalgic and contemporary art creations from some of Maui’s top artists, according to a news release.

The owner is Vicki Kenney, who said its stock selection is affordable.


MAUI CONNECTION. Isaac Kneubuhl, who grew up on Maui and went to school on Oahu, is co-founder of a sustainable and 100 percent merino wool performance apparel line, “Grunard,” which was recently launched.

There is a men’s and women’s line of clothing that is designed and manufactured in the U.S.

The apparel has moisture-wicking properties and is 100 percent natural, sustainable and biodegradable, according to a news release.

Kneubuhl was a college volleyball player at California State University, Northridge and played professionally in Austria and Germany.

For more information, see


GOING PAPERLESS. Green Realty Group has launched an idea of leaving the smallest carbon footprint in an industry known for its voluminous use of paper products and gas for cars, according to a news release.

Lisa Teichner, Realtor and broker-in-charge at the Maui office of Green Realty Group, said the company is “paperless,” meaning contracts are generated online and electronically signed and filed.

The group also sells “green homes” but primary focuses on “greening the real estate industry.”

Offices are located on Oahu and Maui.

For more information, contact Teichner, at 870-1009.


ENGINEERING OFFICE. K2N Crest, a Chicago-based structural engineering, design and consulting firm, recently opened a regional office on Maui.

The company can assist commercial building owners and managers with Hawaii environmental issues, such as seismic influences, strong winds and weather patterns and sea-related salt corrosion.

The company’s founder and president is Don Kimball, who graduated from the University of Hawaii-Manoa College of Engineering.

For more information, contact Kimball at 866-8381 or go to the website