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Workshop to focus on pay issues

“Do I Have to Pay My Employees for That?,” a free hourlong workshop on pay-related issues, will be held at noon Wednesday at the Maui County Business Resource Center at the Maui Mall.

Topics to be discussed include the Fair Labor Standards Act, overtime rules and minimum wage salary, exempt and nonexempt status, independent contractors, guidelines for classifying workers and pay related to off-the-clock work, travel and training.

This workshop qualifies for a one-hour CPE credit for personnel/human resources.

For more information, call 270-5770.


Renovations complete at inn

Upgrades and renovations, including insulation, have been completed at the Mangolani Inn.

Originally built as a single-family home, the house lacked insulation, allowing noises to be heard between neighboring rooms, according to a news release from the Paia inn. With the recent refurbishment, proper insulation was installed using QuietRock, a drywall panel that incorporates both sound and vibration suppression as well as fire resistance.

Other upgrades at the property owned by Dave Stein include recessed lighting, custom tile, custom cabinetry, new appliances and granite countertops.

The boutique inn, located at 325 Baldwin Ave., features five rental units.


Company offering more drink options

Maui Soda & Ice Works is looking to give “customers as many options as possible” in 2018, according to a news release from the Wailuku company.

One of the company’s newest products on the market is Aloe Gloe, an aloe-flavored water that comes in four flavors – crisp, coconut, lemonade and white grape. The drink contains approximately 20 calories per 8-ounce serving. Aloe Gloe is available at independent grocers on Maui and will roll out to supermarkets in the coming months.

Maui Soda & Ice Works also offers Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Coke Zero and Sprite in 7.5-ounce mini-cans. Diet Coke will also be offered later this year in “slim” 12-ounces cans and in flavors including Blood Orange, Feisty Cherry, Ginger Lime and Mango.


On-demand shuttle service launches

A Kihei couple has launched Turtle Tracks, an on-demand shuttle service, in South Maui using open-air, battery-powered vehicles.

Pam and Gary Zeemin officially launched the service Nov. 22 and offer rides along South Kihei Road from north Kihei to Wailea. Rides are available from 1 to 9 p.m. daily by calling or texting (808) 866-9850 or (808) 866-9979.

The couple started the service with an introductory price of $2 per person but said that, while they want to keep it affordable, the price is likely to go up by a dollar or more.

Turtle Tracks is currently operating two 2018 Polaris Gems, with plans to expand to up to eight vehicles in the future. The vehicles, which hold up to six passengers, are equipped with seat belts and feature two-tone upholstery.

“Our vehicles are street legal as long as we stay on streets with posted speed limit of less than 35 mph,” the Zeemins said via email, and Turtle Tracks is licensed by and registered with the state.

For more information on rates, hours and specials, see www.turtletracksmaui.us, follow Turtle Tracks on Instagram and Facebook @turtletracksmaui or send email to turtletracksmaui@gmail.com.

* 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 citydesk@mauinews.com or (808) 242-6343.


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