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Natural sunscreen added to Kuleana skin care product line

Kuleana has released a sunscreen without reef-damaging oxybenzone and octinoxate, according to an announcement.

The skin care product was created in Hawaii and adds a natural sunscreen to its product offerings to protect consumers and coral reefs while supporting environmental nonprofits in the islands, the skin care business announced.

Kuleana Sunscreen is made from plant-based oils, minerals and other reef-safe natural ingredients, and it does not contain ecologically harmful chemicals such as oxybenzone and octinoxate — two chemicals known to be toxic to corals and other marine life and recently banned by Hawaii’s new sunscreen law, the announcement says.

“We are proud to offer consumers another natural product that aligns with our state’s environmental goals to protect and preserve fragile marine ecosystems, including coral reefs,” said Joy Galatro, marketing director at Maui-based Pacific Biodiesel, a Hawaii renewable energy company and parent company of Kuleana.

Formulated, tested and produced in a Food and Drug Administration-compliant facility, Kuleana Sunscreen offers broad-spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 30 protection, remains water resistant for 80 minutes and works well with all skin types, the announcement says. It contains a sheer, nonwhitening zinc oxide that rubs in clear, allowing for application with or without makeup and ideal for daily use with other Kuleana skin care products.

“Vegan, cruelty-free and without synthetic fragrances or colors, Kuleana Sunscreen is formulated with macadamia nut oil and sunflower oil made from locally grown ingredients and produced by Pacific Biodiesel, which last year began farming sunflowers in Maui’s central valley,” the announcement says. “Other natural ingredients include aloe extract, jojoba oil, shea butter, coconut oil and pineapple fruit extract — all skin-nourishing ingredients.”

Product sales will support the Sierra Club of Hawai’i in honor of the chapter’s 50th anniversary. The organization works to stop climate change, ensure climate justice and protect Hawaii’s unique natural resources.

Kuleana Sunscreen is available in 3-ounce tubes and retails for $18. For more information, visit kuleanabeauty.com.


New farm-to-table Moku Roots restaurant opens in Lahaina

New restaurant Moku Roots has opened in Lahaina, according to an announcement.

It is a zero waste, farm-to-table, vegetarian/vegan restaurant, located at 335 Keawe St., No. 211. Its phone number is 214-5106 and website, www.mokuroots.com.

The restaurant uses papaya stems from its farm as straws, and all to-go food is wrapped in taro leaves.

“We are trying to inspire change within people and the restaurant community to be more mindful of waste by proving it’s possible to create amazing food without single-use plastics,” the announcement says. “With this restaurant and our future restaurants, we are going to shift the paradigm of wastefulness of the restaurant industry by proving it’s possible and setting an example for others to follow.

“Our ability to tweak everyone’s favorite recipes to featuring ulu and kalo and other locally grown produce in lieu of imported Mainland produce is also helping keep Maui dollars in Maui and helping maintain a vibrant local agriculture.”

Menu items include Maui-grown jackfruit pot stickers; gluten-free, vegan brownies; and a taro burger, the restaurant’s top seller.


Hawaii Family Dental opens first shopping center location

Hawaii Family Dental has opened a 6,426-square-foot office on the second-floor south concourse of the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center, according to an announcement.

It says that “all dental specialty treatments are offered in one convenient location.”

Practicing since 1986, Hawaii Family Dental has a dozen locations statewide. The Queen Ka’ahumanu location is its first shopping center site.

“We have great patients on Maui, and we recognized the need to expand our services to meet the growing demand,” said Mitchell Nakagawa, the dental office chain’s director of marketing.

The dental clinic is open six days a week, and appointments are taken at hawaiifamilydental.com or at 856-4640.


Grand opening held for yoga wellness center in South Maui

The 808 Wellness Center held a grand opening for its expanded yoga and event studio Saturday.

With enough space for 50 people, the expanded 700-square-foot studio is at 2439 South Kihei Road, Suite 206-A, at the Rainbow Mall. For yoga and movement classes, the studio can accommodate 25.

The studio is available for $35 an hour for wellness classes, workshops and events. Wellness providers renting the space have access to yoga mats, blocks, meditation cushions and/or bolsters, 10 folding chairs, complimentary Wi-Fi, air conditioning and a Bluetooth sound system.

Founders Alan and Sara Schroepfer opened the wellness center in 2016. The center offers holistic health care, traditional Chinese medicine, massage therapy and energy healing.

“Community is one aspect I notice that gets left out of the equation of integrating wellness in life,” Sara Schroepfer said. “To incorporate all elements — physical, emotional, mental and spiritual — a community truly allows individuals the opportunity to become whole and find their center.”

The expansion of the community studio was inspired by her experience in India, where she lived in an ashram outside of Rishikesh.

For more information, call 875-4325 or visit 808wellness.com.


Penthouse Maui sets new standards

With sweeping views of Kamaole Beach II and four bedrooms, the Penthouse Maui provides “discerning vacationers” with what its owners call “an unparalleled Hawaii vacation experience,” according to an announcement.

The 2,824-square-foot penthouse is designed for groups of up to 10 guests and comes “meticulously appointed with coastal-inspired decor, comfortably posh furnishings and commanding ocean views” for an island getaway, which could be a hotel alternative, celebrating with family or vacationing with friends.

Penthouse owner Dave Gilbert said guests have access to a concierge who assists them with special arrangements, such as hiring a private chef, booking exclusive excursions and even handling grocery shopping.

The accommodations include a 60-foot, ocean-facing lanai and three master king bedrooms with full en suite bathrooms. A full Jack-and-Jill bathroom connects to an additional queen bedroom and a private study with a queen sofa sleeper. A gourmet chef’s kitchen is outfitted with full-size, state-of-the-art appliances.

For more information, visit www.thepenthousemaui.com or call (808) 283-8265.


Trilogy offers kamaaina specials

Trilogy Excursions is reducing the cost of its snorkel tours for Maui residents by 45 percent off its selling price this month, according to an announcement.

The discount is part of the company’s celebration of its 45th anniversary, making it Maui’s longest-serving sailboat company.

The resident discount applies to any snorkel tour, including visits to Molokini, Lanai, Kaanapali and Olowalu. All of the sailing excursions include a breakfast of fresh-baked cinnamon rolls, a full barbecue chicken lunch with luau rice and salad, and premium bar beverages for adults 21 years and older. There’s also complimentary juice, water, coffee, tea and soda.

The Kaanapali and Molokini tours run at least five hours long, while the Lanai tour is a full eight-hour day excursion.

For all excursions, Trilogy provides snorkeling equipment including optical masks. And there’s free ginger tablets and Dramamine for motion sickness and reef-safe sunscreen by Hawaiian Sol.

“What better way to celebrate our exciting 45th year in business here on Maui than to extend a special offer exclusive only to the residents of the island,” said Randy Coon, co-founder of Trilogy Excursions.

Residents must call direct to book excursions. A valid Hawaii state ID will be required at check-in.

For more information, call 874-5649.


Cannabis dispensary extends its hours

Because of increased patient demand, Maui Grown Therapies has extended its operating hours to 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends, according to an announcement.

The new medical cannabis dispensary hours went into effect Oct. 1.

“Demand has grown steadily over the past year, and some of our patients have asked for the chance to shop a little earlier,” said Teri Freitas Gorman, director of community relations and patient affairs.

Maui Grown opened as the state’s first legal dispensary on Aug. 8, 2017. The business was the first in the state to receive a notice to proceed with medical cannabis cultivation, product manufacturing and retail sales.

For more information, visit www.mauigrown.com.


Andaz Maui wins po’okela award

The Maui Hotel & Lodging Association has presented its 2018 Po’okela Outstanding Property Award to Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort.

The annual honor is awarded to a property that embodies the “aloha spirit.”

“This award recognizes Maui’s commitment to gracious hospitality, inviting travelers to experience its rich history, taste traditional culinary offerings and immerse themselves in culture unlike anywhere else in the world,” according to an announcement.

“We’re very pleased to be recognized as this year’s ‘Outstanding Property’ by the Maui Hotel & Lodging Association, and we look forward to continuing to deliver the highest levels of hospitality that got us where we are today,” said Michael Jokovich, area vice president and general manager of Andaz Maui. “More than anything, this award is a tribute to our hardworking resort team that every day goes out of its way to ensure wonderful and memorable experiences for travelers from around the world.”

The Po’okela award is based on an overall ranking of hospitality, including aesthetics, cleanliness, friendliness, courteousness and knowledge of staff.

Also this year, Andaz Maui has been named as Best Beach Resort in the AFAR Traveler’s Choice Awards, and it was the ‘Aipono Award winner for excellence in sustainability. AFAR is a travel magazine and online travel media brand. Maui No Ka Oi magazine gives out the ‘Aipono awards annually.


Kate Spade N.Y. to open in Lahaina

Iconic luxury brand Kate Spade New York will open a store Friday at the Outlets of Maui, according to an announcement.

Kate Spade is “the optimistic and feminine lifestyle brand revered for its crisp color and graphic prints,” the announcement says.

“As we continue reimagination and remerchandising efforts at Outlets of Maui, we are most proud to welcome globally iconic Kate Spade New York to our expanding outlet retail collection,” said CoastWood Capital Group President Cordell Lietz. (CoastWood is owner of the Outlets.)

“Our newest store, coupled with the recent addition of LeCreuset and newly announced Waikiki Brewing Co., which will open its doors to shoppers early next year, represents the ongoing realization of Outlets of Maui’s new ‘food plus fashion’ leasing approach aimed to offer customers a comprehensive shopping and dining experience,” he said.

The Kate Spade store will occupy 3,250 square feet at the outlets mall in Lahaina.

Kate Spade New York was founded in 1993 with a half-dozen handbags. It has since grown to include products that include ready-to-wear clothing, jewelry, shoes and gifts.

For more information, visit www.outletsofmaui.com.


VOLCANO eCigs opens new location

VOLCANO eCigs, Hawaii’s largest retailer of vapor products, has opened a second 800-square-foot shop on Maui, at the Kihei Town Center, according to an announcement. The retailer says it has the island’s largest selection of vape juices and kits.

VOLCANO has had a shop at the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center for more than six years.

“We are more than thrilled to be opening a second location on Maui to bring more jobs and more alternative products to Kihei,” said Scott Rasak, vice president of sales and marketing. “We are a local company and being able to grow to more parts of the state is always exciting.”

* 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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