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Yoga studio opens at Maui Mall

Soulasana Yoga had its grand opening at the Maui Mall on Aug. 1.

Amy Lohr founded the studio after practicing yoga for 20 years, according to an announcement. She completed two 200-hour teacher courses in 2005 in Miami at Yoga Shala and in 2009 at City Yoga in Los Angeles.

Soulasana is open seven days a week and welcomes people with all levels of experience.

“My heart, my mind and my soul love yoga,” Lohr said. “I have always wanted to create this space of healing, nurturing, movement, trance and creative expression.”

The studio offers a variety of classes and aims for “soul expansion through movement.”

To learn more, visit www.soulasanayoga.com.


TripAdvisor says Maui keiki-friendly vacation

TripAdvisor has picked Maui as one of the nation’s top 20 best kid-friendly family vacations.

“With surfing, scenery and a laid-back pace, Maui is among the top kid-friendly vacations in Hawaii,” its blog says. “Touch tanks at the Maui Ocean Center let kids get hands-on experience with the wonders of marine biology.”

Other selections included San Diego with its world-famous zoo, SeaWorld and Legoland; Indianapolis, Ind., with its Children’s Museum; and Washington, D.C., with its International Spy Museum.


Maui picked as a ‘Top Smart City’ in report

The Bookmark, a tech blog on VerizonInternet.com, included Maui as a “Top Smart City” in a recent report.

Maui was among 53 locations chosen because it’s known for using smart technologies in video.

According to Bookmark, 66 percent of U.S. cities are investing in smart city technology and 25 percent are exploring ways to implement it.

Maui is the only Hawaii location on the list.

To see the report, go to www.verizoninternet.com/bookmark/smart-cities/.


Maui dialysis clinics received top rating

Fresenius Kidney Care’s 15 rated clinics, including four in Maui County, have received top statewide rankings from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, according to an announcement.

The clinics in Maui County were awarded five out of five stars. The ratings are based on measurements of each facility’s clinical performance and patient outcomes, compared with other dialysis centers across the country.


KBH offers a canoe paddling experience

The 432-room Ka’anapali Beach Hotel has announced it’s offering guests a canoe paddling experience.

The waa (canoe) is named “Kaleopookela,” meaning “the voice of excellence.”

According to the hotel, the activity is the first canoe paddling experience offered by a hotel on Kaanapali Beach. Guests riding the canoes will be able to venture beyond Puu Kekaa and learn about Maui above and below the water from a Hawaiian perspective. Beach “alakai,” or “leaders,” guide canoe passengers through the ocean and “the mystical places of Maui.”

The canoe paddling tours launch from Kaanapali Beach at 7 and 9 a.m. Participants can choose a group or private charter tour, during which they can sightsee, snorkel and participate in a cultural tour.

For more information, go to www.kbhmaui.com.


Ulta Beauty opens at Puunene center

Ulta Beauty has opened its Kahului location at the Pu’unene Shopping Center, the first of four to open in the islands.

The opening on Maui makes Hawaii the 49th state with an Ulta Beauty store.

The store features 20,000 beauty products from more than 500 brands.

A blessing was held July 20.


Airbnb launches its ‘Experiences’ service

Airbnb has started an “Experiences” service, with 150 options across Hawaii and 36 on Maui, according to an announcement.

The service began in December.

“Experiences are local-led, handcrafted and curated activities that provide travelers with a different and genuine side of Hawaii,” the announcement says. “They keep tourism dollars local and allow residents to earn additional income while sharing their skills, culture and stories with visitors.” 

Some of the experiences have social impact, with 100 percent of proceeds going directly to a hosting organization.

Maui experiences include a sunset sail and explore Molokini adventure, both with the Pacific Whale Foundation.


Workshop to focus on ‘elevator pitches’

A free, “hands-on” workshop to help participants developer their “elevator pitches” for business proposals will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 31 at the Maui County Business Resource Center at the Maui Mall.

Saul Larner is the instructor for the workshop titled, “Do your homework before you network.”

Participants will receive a free book and be invited to a networking event to practice their new skills.

Larner is the founding director of Dispute Resolution Collaborative, a real estate mediation and arbitration firm.

For more information, call 270-5770.

* 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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