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Justin Yanagida poses with Wayne Wong, director of the Maui Small Business Development Center. Yanagida has released a book on health and fitness.

Wailuku trainer releases new book

Wailuku fitness trainer and gym owner Justin Yanagida has released a book titled “Fighting Sickness with Fitness, How to Live a Healthier and Stronger Life,” according to an announcement.

The book includes 30 different workouts, along with nutritional advice applicable to all fitness levels.

Born and raised on Maui, Yanagida’s quest for better health began as a child when he battled chronic asthma and liver illness. By his teen years, he was overweight, bullied and depressed.

“His strong desire to play sports eventually motivated him to find a way to overcome his physical limitations,” the announcement says. “He now shares his story to motivate and inspire others to take that first step; that fitness can overcome sickness.”

Yanagida is a certified fitness professional and founder of Yanagida Strength and Fitness, located at 800 Eha St., No. 9, in Wailuku.

Copies of the book are available at Yanagida’s gym in Wailuku or on Amazon.com.

For more information, call 250-9622 or visit www. yanagidafitness.com.


Beltone office opens in Kahului

Dr. Richard Navarro is the new owner of the Maui, Lanai and Molokai Beltone office in Kahului, Beltone Electronics announced.

The office is at 444 Hana Highway, Suite K. The office phone number is 871-9020. Its website is at www.lovetohearmaui.com.

Navarro is board certified by the American Board of Audiology and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competency-Audiology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. He earned a doctoral degree in hearing and speech sciences from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He has almost 50 years of experience in working with people of all ages who are hearing impaired.

Navarro’s office will provide disability and compensation evaluations for veterans, and it’s in the process of becoming credentialed to offer cochlear implant fitting and programming services.


Two boutiques open at Shops at Wailea

Clothing store boutiques Imrie and TINA Stephens have been added to the Shops at Wailea, according to an announcement.

The stores specialize in women’s apparel and comfort wear.

Imrie offers a collection of “classic but chic clothes,” including tops, dresses, jumpsuits, pants, shorts and skirts — plus accessories “ideal for life on the move and especially on the beach.”

The store was founded by three sisters and their mother in 2005. Imrie originated in West Hampton and now has four locations, including those in Paia, Montauk and St. Barts in the Caribbean.

Imrie is located on the mall’s upper level next to Gucci and National Geographic Fine Art Galleries.

TINA Stephens is the leading retailer of the Tees by Tina fashion brand. It has “travel friendly lifestyle wear.” It features T-shirts and tops that “are ultra-comfortable, lightweight and versatile.”

TINA Stephens is located on the shops’ upper level next to the ABC Store. It has wardrobe consultants available to assist shoppers.

More information on Imrie can be found at imrieindustries.com/. And, to learn more about TINA Stephens, visit www.ShopTINAStephens.com.


New scuba dive shop opens for business

Prodiver Maui has opened for business at 22 Alahele Place in Kihei, behind the 76 gas station on South Kihei Road.

The site had been an artificial wave-riding business.

According to business partner Jay Schiesser, Prodiver is the first new dive shop to start from scratch in years, and it’s the only one with a dedicated scuba training pool.

“This will change the way that students learn how to scuba dive on Maui by giving those that were intimidated to try scuba diving in the ocean the ability to try it in a controlled environment,” he said.

A grand opening was held Jan. 13.

The business fills scuba tanks and offers daily introductory dives and training for all levels of certification. The retail business sells Oceanic, Bare and Huish Dive Gear.

For more information, call 875-4004 or visit Prodivermaui.com.


Maui Brewing Co. extends partnership

Maui Brewing Co. has extended its partnership with Maui Screen Printing into this year, according to an announcement.

The owners of both companies have a relationship that spans over a decade. John Edellstein, owner of Maui Screen Printing, was originally a bartender at Maui Brewing Co.’s Lahaina pub.

On occasion, he had discussed with the Maui Brewing owners his interest in printing apparel. The owners supported his decision and, in 2010, Edellstein created his own version of “HI I like you.” These are positive apparel shirts that Maui Brewing continues to carry in its retail apparel inventory.

The sustainable clothing is made with eco-friendly printing techniques.

Maui Screen Printing is a founding partner of AllMade fabric, a textile experience developed from 50 percent Repreve polyester made from recycled plastic water bottles; 25 percent organic combed, ring-spun cotton from small farmers in Texas and the Carolinas; and 25 percent Modal, a byproduct of beechwood trees, which allows the fabric to be dyed, stretched and heated.

“The overall result is a strong, yet very soft, flexible and smooth tri-blend fabric,” the announcement says.


Dames & Gentlemen opens in Wailea

Dames & Gentlemen has been added to the collection of luxury retail shops at The Shops at Wailea, according to an announcement.

The store “brings Monte Carlo elegance to everyday lifestyle accessories such as hats, sunglasses and scarves,” the announcement says. It features “exclusive luxury accessories for men and women rarely found elsewhere in the U.S.”

“We hand select each item from the latest designer sunglasses and handcrafted hats to stylish scarves made from the finest materials,” said co-owner Brana Gavrilovich. “Whether you’re lounging, golfing, dining or celebrating, we will help you do it in style.”

Featured brands include Borsalino luxury hats from Italy; Cazal Eyewear, a cult fashion favorite made in Germany; Eric Javits, a high-end New York handbag and hat designer; and Helen Kaminski, an Australian hat, handbag and accessory company recognized for using all-natural materials and handcrafting techniques.

The store is on the upper level of shopping complex, next to Swarovski.

For more information, call 446-6705.


Molokai welcomes business advocate

Cynthia McCutcheon has been tapped as the new small-business advocate for the Kuhao Business Center on Molokai, according to an announcement from the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development.

She replaces Jennifer Hawkins, who accepted a position with the University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources.

McCutcheon is a fourth-generation Maunaloa resident and a graduate of Molokai High School. She later moved to Oahu to further her education.

Her work experience includes supervisory positions in retail sales on Oahu and employment with The Lodge & Beach Village at Molokai Ranch and Castle Resorts & Hotels on Molokai. She’s employed by Mycogen Seeds, serving seven years to help manage the company’s multimillion-dollar operational budget and oversee accounts payable, payroll and information technology support.

She begins her new position March 1.


Sailing charter offers reef-safe sunscreen

Raw Elements USA, a certified natural sunscreen brand, is partnering with the Gemini Sailing Charters of Maui to provide complimentary, reef-safe and effective sunscreen on all of Gemini’s tours.

The complimentary sunscreen is not made with genetically modified organisms.

The 49-passenger sailing charter offers a dispenser filled with Raw Elements Broad Spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen. Visitors also receive information about how sunscreen pollution affects Hawaii’s reefs, and they’re encouraged to use reef-safe products.

* 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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