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Fork & Salad owners Cody Christopher, Travis Morrin and Jaron Blosser pose at their Kihei restaurant. The healthy salad and sandwich eatery is franchising the business that started in July 2016. The owners have teamed up with Fransmart, “a global leader in franchise development.”

Kihei healthy eatery to begin franchising

Fork & Salad has announced that it is franchising the business that started in Kihei in July 2016.

Business owners Jaron Blosser, Travis Morrin and Cody Christopher have teamed up with Fransmart, described as “a global leader in franchise development.”

Fransmart has grown brands like Five Guys Burgers & Fries and Qdoba Mexican Grill, according to an announcement.

Fork & Salad franchises are available from coast to coast, with a goal of worldwide expansion.

Fresh green leafy vegetables are among the 50 local ingredients used to provide customers with farm-to-table cuisine.

“Our vision has always been to redefine the possibilities of farm-to-table cuisine,” Morrin said. “We want to bring healthy, convenient, affordable food to everyone, while introducing them to the unique flavors and lifestyle of the Hawaiian Islands. With the strength of Fransmart behind us, we’re confident you’ll see Fork & Salad in airports, malls and communities all over the globe.”

The restaurant’s flagship store is in Kihei. It offers food with more than 50 local ingredients, a variety of gluten-free selections, signature salads and sandwiches, build-your-own options and healthy beverages like housemade teas and organic kombucha. Another Fork & Salad will be opening at the Pu’unene Shopping Center in the first half of this year. It will have indoor seating for 30 guests and dine-in, takeout and pickup options.


Hyatt Regency Maui makes romantic list

The Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa in Kaanapali has been listed as No. 14 in the top 18 most romantic honeymoon destinations, according to FlightNetwork, an Australian online travel website.

According to the listing, “honeymoon perks” at the resort include a traditional Hawaiian greeting, a complimentary fresh orchid lei, free sparkling wine and an invitation to a honeymoon reception, a daily rental car from Hertz, a daily buffet breakfast and a Hawaiian keepsake.

The article reports that the resort is on “a whopping 40 acres of luxury, relaxation and seaside-pool fun.”

“As you sip mai tais in one of the two-and-a-half-acre waterfall swimming areas, you’ll have the resident flamingos, swans and African penguins for poolside company,” it says, also mentioning a Grotto Bar inside an artificial cave between two waterfalls and a 150-foot “lava tube” waterslide.

FlightNetwork lists the per night room price at $279.

However, checking with the hotel’s room availability online, the average price for a room with one queen and one double bed is $324 per night in the first week of April. Other rooms cost more, including a high-end oceanfront room with a private lanai, club access and breakfast priced at $574 per night. Prices are seasonal, with rooms going for $647 to $987 per night during the high-season Christmas week.

The most romantic honeymoon location, according to the listing, is the Punta Caracol Aqua Lodge in Bocas del Toro, Panama. There, a room costs $350 per night. The resort features rooms built over water. Honeymooners get a master suite, a bottle of Spanish wine at dinner and a tropical fruit tray upon arrival.


Theater completes recliner installation

Regal Entertainment Group has completed installation of recliners including padded footrests at the Regal Maui Mall Megaplex 12 in Kahului.

“The auditoriums now feature the new amenities, and moviegoers can enjoy the luxurious king-size recliners,” the group’s announcement says.

“Regal is redefining the level of comfort at this theater,” said Rob Del Moro, chief technical and theater operations officer at Regal Entertainment.

The new seats allow guests to “stretch out, relax and recline while watching the movie,” he said. “Regal constantly listens to our guests and looks for ways to improve. With this new concept, these luxurious recliners have scored extremely well. Moviegoers are eager to return for another visit.”


ICSC holds its ‘idea exchange’ in Wailea

International Council of Shopping Centers staged its “Hawaii Idea Exchange” Feb. 8 to 9 at the Grand Wailea.

The event provided a venue for education, networking and dealmaking and allowed members to learn about the most current, local industry issues while meeting with colleagues.

The event’s keynote speaker was Joel Stephen, senior vice president of CBRE’s Global Retail Services, based in New York City. His address focused on the “Future of Retail 2030” and discussed the changing role of shopping centers as places for mixed-use destinations, including health care, educational and leisure uses.

The council has more than 70,000 members in over 100 countries.


Wailea, Kapalua hotels make top 25

Hotel Wailea and Montage Kapalua Bay are listed as Nos. 23 and 24, respectively, on TripAdvisor’s 2018 “Traveler’s Choice” list of top 25 hotels, according to the website.

The website posts photos of the hotels and comments from visitors.

For the Hotel Wailea, the comments include: “Great place and use all the freebies,” and “gorgeous adult-only property off the beaten path.”

For the Montage, the comments are: “A loyal Four Seasons client stays at the Montage in Maui,” and “stunning . . . with a tiny hitch in service.”

The site provides links to room deals: $649 to $659 per night in the latter part of March for the Hotel Wailea; $2,345 per night for March 25 to 26 for the Montage’s residential-style accommodations.

The top-rated hotel is the Nantucket Hotel & Resort in Massachusetts. A room deal there costs $230 per night in late March, the website reports.


AAA announces its 5-diamond ratings

Three of the four AAA five-diamond-rated hotels in Hawaii are in Maui County, AAA Hawaii announced.

The five-diamond hotels are: the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea (since 1991); The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua (since 1996); and the Four Seasons Resort Lana’i (since 2016).

Hotels with a five-star rating must differentiate themselves through advanced design concepts, highest quality furnishings and “scrupulous attention to guest service,” AAA says.

Such hotels undergo in-person inspections, anonymous overnight stays and an expert panel review to ensure credibility. Fewer than half of 1 percent of the more than 27,000 AAA-inspected hotels receive a five-star rating.

Maui County’s four-diamond hotels are: the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa in Kaanapali (since 1995); the Grand Wailea (since 1999); the Fairmont Kea Lani in Wailea (since 2002); the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa (since 2008); the Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas (since 2010); the Travassa Hotel Hana (since 2011); the Honua Kai Resort & Spa in Kaanapali (since 2012); the Montage Kapalua Bay (since 2014); Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort (since 2014); Hotel Wailea, Relais & Chateaux (since 2014); and the Westin Nanea Ocean Villas (since 2017).


Business offers ‘living wall systems’

Green Wall Designs is displaying ways for residents to deck out their walls with living plants, according to an announcement.

The business has joined vendors at the Upcountry Farmers Market, which is open from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturdays at the Kulamalu Town Center.

Green Wall Designs’ living wall systems can be installed indoors and out. “They include an integrated watering system with reservoir that ensures the plants are provided with water for three to four weeks. Most systems require no electrical power or water hookup,” the announcement says.

Co-owner Viktoria Ujj said: “Green walls are incredibly versatile and can be planted with annuals, perennials, succulents and tropical plants and can even be used to create an indoor herb garden in your kitchen. Our clients also love the calming and peaceful environment they create.”

For more information, send email to info@greenwalldesigns.com or visit www.greenwalldesigns.com.


Jack serves up some food truck flavors

In an effort to satisfy demand for Hawaii “street grinds,” Jack in the Box has unveiled its “Food Truck Series” — an Asian fried chicken sandwich, prime rib cheesesteak and pork belly bacon, lettuce and tomato, the fast-food company announced.

Calling its series “anything but ordinary,” the new items were inspired by banh mi sandwiches. The limited edition offerings are served on a rice flour toasted baguette.

“With Hawaii’s love of Asian food and how popular Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches have become among Hawaii locals, this new menu appeals to both kama’aina and visitors alike,” the announcement says.

The Asian fried chicken sandwich includes all-white-meat chicken strips, Asian slaw, cucumbers and Gochujang mayo.

The restaurant chain in Hawaii also serves up a special “underground” item not on the regular menu — a pork belly bowl with fried rice — only available upon request.

Donna Yano, vice president of Jack in the Box Hawaii, said: “Our Food Truck Series line is the perfect way to bring new tastes to Hawaii that anyone can enjoy. It’s food truck food without the food truck.”


Outrigger partners with Foodland

Outrigger Hotels and Resorts is urging its guests in Hawaii condominium properties to take advantage of savings offered for shopping at Foodland stores, the hotel chain announced.

Through Dec. 31, visitors get 10 percent off their purchases totaling $50 or more on fresh island produce, meat and seafood, and grab-and-go items.

The savings is offered through Foodland’s Maika’i Condo Program. Outrigger guests receive a Maika’i key tag unique to each condo property. The tag provides access to specially priced grocery items. Guests also can get 10 percent off their overall purchase.

“With full kitchens, washer/dryers and multiple bedroom living configurations — Hawaii Vacation Condos by Outrigger are perfect accommodations for travelers seeking a home-away-from-home experience,” said Robin Estrada, director of sales and marketing for the company. “This new partnership with Foodland allows our guests to stock up on local favorites at a discount while enjoying the convenience of dining in the privacy of their vacation condominium.”

Outrigger properties on Maui include the Royal Kahana Maui, Maui Eldorado Kaanapali, Napili Shores Maui, the Palms at Wailea Maui, Aina Nalu Lahaina and the Kapalua Villas Maui.

For more information, visit www.foodland.com.


Imua Family Services is great workplace

Hawaii Business Magazine has picked Imua Family Services as one of the best places to work in Hawaii in 2018, according to an announcement.

The magazine’s listing is published annually.

As in previous years, data from the nonprofit’s employees were gathered and analyzed by the Best Companies Group, an independent research organization that conducts similar research in states nationally.

Imua received the honor in 2008, 2010 and for the past seven consecutive years.

Employers are selected after a review of employee benefits, career development, training and retention, as well as employee feedback though a survey.

The award will be presented March 29 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort.

Noting state and federal funding cuts, Imua Executive Director Dean Wong said: “For me, this Best Places to Work recognition is the most meaningful of our already nine awards because this past year was one of our most difficult business years in recent years. . . . Our goal is to reach our full potential so we can help the children of Maui County and all of Hawaii reach theirs.”


Fitness businesses hold open house

Club Maui and CrossFit Maui held an open house on March 3 at the Maui Harbor Shops in Maalaea.

The new facility brings together the two Maui fitness providers to make available “the industry’s most innovative fitness experience,” according to an announcement.

The facility offers personal training, functional fitness classes and a weight room. Luxury spa amenities include infrared saunas and steam rooms with light chromatography, private rain showers and changing rooms.

“Our members enjoy the latest, most effective group classes, like body pump, yoga, barre and even combat training,” the announcement says.

Founding member specials will provide privileges at the trainers’ new facility at the Lahaina Gateway Shopping Center later this year.

For more information, call 633-1765 or visit www.TheClubMaui.com or www.CrossFitMaui.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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