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Nonprofit group partners with store

Lokelani ‘Ohana has entered into a partnership to sell handmade items at Satkhira Bazaar in the Sears wing at the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center.

Lokelani ‘Ohana, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was established in 2006 and offers programs in Saori weaving, creative arts, organic gardening and housing for people with developmental disabilities.

Satkhira Bazaar is open from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.

For more information, contact Christina Chang at 344-4338 or christina@lokelaniohana.org.


McDonald’s giving coffee to teachers

McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii is celebrating Teacher Appreciation Month with a free cup of coffee for teachers on Tuesdays in September.

Teachers with a valid 2017 school ID can receive a medium cup of hot or iced McCafe Royal Kona Blend on Tuesday and Sept. 19 and 26 at participating McDonald’s locations.

No purchase is necessary, according to an announcement from McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii. There is a limit of one free coffee per person per visit.


AAA honors Duke’s Beach House

Duke’s Beach House in Kaanapali has received a “Best Of” designation from AAA, according to an announcement from AAA Hawaii.

AAA has established the “Best Of” designation to give travelers another way to find top hotel and restaurant options. Seven percent of the 59,000 AAA Diamond Rated hotels and restaurants worldwide have earned the “Best Of” distinction. These establishments have overall ratings in the top 20 percent for their Diamond Rating level and no member complaints in the past 12 months.

Duke’s Beach House, a Two Diamond Rated restaurant, is located at the Honua Kai Resort & Spa.

AAA inspectors noted that “pictures and memorabilia of the famous Hawaiian surfer Duke Kahanamoku fill the fun and casual beachfront restaurant. The staff carries out relaxed service. The Ohia bar serves a lighter casual menu, while the dining room offers a full menu with fresh fish, steaks and a braised pork shank. Live music offered most evenings,” according to the announcement.


Wailea market adds new vendors

The Shops at Wailea’s Market at The Shops added 12 new vendors in August, growing the twice-monthly market that features local artisans, Maui-grown produce and specialty foods.

The new vendors are Avita Natural Products, Maui Raw, Kumu Scratch, Get Real Desserts, Pono Maui, Grandpa Joe’s Candy, Lucky Rice Arts, Niu Food Co., Natto Kimchee, Kaptured Moments, That’s A Wrap and Surfing Monkey Shave Ice, according to an announcement from the South Maui shopping center.

The first Market at The Shops was held June 28 and “began as a farmers market and has since evolved into an exciting marketplace featuring specialty goods,” said Brian Yano, general manager of The Shops at Wailea.

Market at The Shops is held on the ground floor of the shopping center from 4 to 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. This month’s markets will be held Wednesday and Sept. 27.


TurnKey expands to Hawaii

Vacation rental management company TurnKey Vacation Rentals has expanded to Hawaii, with Michael Van Liew serving as the general manager for Maui and Oahu.

TurnKey, the third-largest vacation rental management company in the United States, offers owners an “Owner Dashboard” that provides real-time financial information. The Austin, Texas-based company also provides technology that tracks maintenance and cleaning visits, professional property listings with photos, marketing of vacation rental homes on more than 50 websites and local staff and licensed vendors to handle maintenance and professional cleaning.

Van Liew has more than 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry and has worked for luxury brands such as Waldorf Astoria Resorts and Starwood. He can be contacted at (808) 201-1285 or michael.vanliew@turnkeyvr.com.


Food truck serves up invasive plants

Food truck Savage Kitchen Maui launched Aug. 24 and features dishes designed around Maui’s five edible wild invasive plants.

The mobile eatery, owned by Sunny Savage, is open Thursdays and Fridays at different locations around the island. Information on hours and location can be found on Twitter @savagekitchenhi, the Savage Kitchen Maui Facebook page and www.savagekitchenmaui.com.

Savage is the author of “Wild Food Plants of Hawai’i” and hopes to educate customers on how to eat and enjoy the abundance of wild foods that grow on Maui, according to a news release.

“In addition to serving up exceptionally nutritious and delicious gourmet wild foods, Savage Kitchen Maui is an outreach tool, where I can introduce people to these unique flavors and create awareness around haole koa, strawberry guava, Java plum, spiny amaranth and kahili ginger,” said Savage, who has a Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics and Master of Science degree in nutrition education.


Open houses set for Tiny Temple Home

Mandala Eco Homes is holding open houses on Maui for its Tiny Temple Home on Wheels from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and Sept. 24 in Haiku.

The Tiny Temple Home on display was made in Bali by Mandala Eco Homes and has been featured on HGTV, according to an announcement from the Paia-based company.

For directions and to register for an open house, send email to info@mandalaecohomes.com, send text to (808) 268-2898 or call (808) 579-9099.


Lyft Premier launches on Maui

Ride-sharing company Lyft is now offering a high-end car service called Lyft Premier for customers on Maui and Oahu.

Lyft Premier provides affordable rides in luxury sedans and SUVs such as BMW 3 Series, Audi A6, Lexus ES or a Cadillac Escalade and is available to request through the Lyft app, according to a news release.


Company updates license plates

Valley Isle Excursions has updated all of its vehicles with specialty license plates honoring Hawaii’s national parks, according to an announcement from the Wailuku-based tour company.

“Supporting Hawaii’s parks and community is an integral part of our company’s culture,” said Ray Hutaff, the company’s vice president. “These new license plates will serve as a constant reminder of the important responsibilities we have to protect our island’s parks and wildlife.”

The newly released license plates feature the nene goose and pay tribute to Haleakala National Park. For every plate sold, $18 goes directly to Haleakala and Hawai’i Volcanoes national parks.

* Local Business in Brief is published on the second Monday of the month and welcomes news releases and announcements regarding businesses in Maui County. To submit material or for more information, contact Leah Sherman at lsherman@mauinews.com.


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