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Bamboo massage treatment offered

Spa Helani, a Heavenly Spa by Westin in Kaanapali, has begun a new bamboo massage treatment called the “Journey to Hana Ritual.”

The massage is provided on quartz sand tables and “evokes the essence of Hana — serene Maui destination, rich in natural beauty and uplifting energy.

“This unparalleled experience includes inversion gravity, which creates a feeling of weightlessness that leaves guests feeling balanced and renewed,” an announcement says.

The treatment incorporates massage techniques using smooth bamboo sticks.

“Designed in various sizes and shapes for specific areas of the body, the bamboo sticks are gently heated and applied with aromatherapy oils to release tension in muscles and soften connective tissues like hot stone therapy,” the announcement says.

The massage is offered for singles or couples. It costs $165, plus tax and gratuity, for 50 minutes, or $250 for the 80-minute treatment, which includes a scalp massage.

For more information, call 662-2644 or visit www.westinkaanapali.com/spa/overview.


Company completes reorganization

WCEP LLC has finished an operational reorganization aimed at better aligning its services to meet customer needs and to avoid duplications of effort, according to an announcement.

The company’s three operating divisions have been refocused. Drone-based aerial photography, videography and mapping services have been consolidated into the HD Pilot Division. WChris.com provides computer and network consulting services. And, Maui HD will handle ground-based videography, editing and production services.

For more information, call 495-4442.


Resort sells 80% of units on opening day

Luana Garden Villas, a collection of residences at the Honua Kai Resort & Spa in Kaanapali, sold more than 80 percent of its available homes on its opening day, according to an announcement.

The sales totaled more than $50 million.

The event marked the most sales since the record-breaking events for Hokulani and Konea towers over 10 years ago at the Honua Kai resort.

Hokulani opened in February 2009, and Konea launched in January 2010, according to the resort’s website.

Overall, the resort has 600 studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom suites in the two buildings.

The villas are 72 three-bedroom units.

“As Maui topped the 2017 list of surging luxury home prices, Luana will be last opportunity for second-home buyers to own a piece of real estate within such close proximity to the beach on the west side of Maui at such a reasonable price for luxury,” the announcement said.


Energy efficiency workshop offered

A workshop for small-business operators to learn how to be more energy efficient will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 22 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

The event is free.


Festival takes in $1.8M over 4 years

The two-day Made In Maui County Festival has helped 265 vendors take in more than $1.8 million in sales of 118,900 items sold, according to a report on the results and economic impact of the event.

Over its four years, it’s also helped secure more than 980 wholesale accounts and established in excess of 6,290 leads, an announcement says.

The report was released last month by the county Office of Economic Development and the Maui Chamber of Commerce.

The last festival was held Nov. 3 to 4 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

The event ranks as Maui County’s largest products show.

Last year, more than 140 vendors, including 17 companies from Molokai and seven from Lanai, took part in the event, a showcase of products made in Maui County. Also, 16 food trucks served up a diverse menu of island cuisine.

“The festival was designed to be more than a large community celebration promoting local artisan and manufacturing businesses and spurring massive sales on a single day; it is about creating business capacity and long-term growth,” said Office of Economic Development Director Teena Rasmussen.


Minit Stop wins top Pele Awards honors

Minit Stop took home top honors last month in the annual Pele Awards, which recognizes excellence in advertising design.

Minit Stop was recognized for its “creative and cheeky gift card packaging and design,” according to an announcement.

Maui advertising firm Gilbert & Associates designed the packaging and accepted the awards on behalf of Minit Stop.

It received its first award, a Gold Pele, in the Packaging category. Also, Minit Stop’s tongue-in-cheek “This Card Gives You Gas” gift card earned the Judge’s Award, Best in Show.


New floral donation service launches

Former floral designer and event planner Beth Elliott has started a new business, Petals With A Purpose, a floral donation service.

“Everyone in the event industry would love to see the flowers get donated and composted after the event, but they just don’t have the time or resources to do it,” she said in an announcement. “The corporate and wedding clients of our booming visitor industry love to give back to our Hawaiian community, they just need to know how.”

Now, they can pay it forward with flowers, she said.

“Bringing flowers into the elderly care center is so much fun,” she said. “The residents ‘oooo and ahhh’ over the arrangements, talk story about their gardens that they used to have and marvel over the incredible flowers some that they have never seen.”

Elliott and her team return later to collect the faded flowers and deliver them as green waste for composting.

The business charges clients to pick up, deliver and dispose of the flowers. It also facilitates a letter of donation for tax purposes from the charitable organization that receives the flowers.

For more information, call 283-6333 or send email to petalswithapurpose@gmail.com.


Woman develops reef-safe sunscreen

Maui resident Jenna Davis has created a sunscreen that doesn’t harm coral reefs, according to the Small Business Development Center.

She has worked on boats in Hawaii waters for years and has seen massive coral bleaching linked to the human use of sunscreens with harmful ingredients, such as oxybenzone, the center reported.

With a background in chemistry and marine biology, Davis sought to develop a sunscreen with no harmful chemicals, preservatives or fillers. She turned her kitchen into a lab to create a mineral sunscreen.

“I needed to protect my body, my tattoos and my face from harmful (sun) rays and also not use something that would harm the reef anymore,” she said.

Davis developed an organic sunscreen for herself, but demand grew as she shared it with friends and co-workers. She drew a logo, created a website and started Raw Love Sunscreen online and sold it at the Maui Swap Meet. It’s rated SPF 35, and it’s water resistant.

After successful product testing and manufacturing, Davis’s sunscreen is being sold in more than 100 stores, and it will soon be at Whole Foods. It’s one of the few sunscreens created in Hawaii, the center reported.


Maui Soda expands its beverage line

In addition to Coca-Cola and Diet Coke, Maui Soda & Ice Works is offering some new beverages, according to an announcement.

These include Vitamin Water Active in 15.2-ounce bottles and in three flavors — lemon lime, orange mango and strawberry black cherry. Other drinks are Dunkin’ Iced Coffee drinks in mocha, French vanilla, original and espresso flavors; and McCafe Frappe coffee drinks in caramel, mocha and vanilla flavors.

The beverages are available in supermarkets and small grocery, convenience and big box stores.

* 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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