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Hotel association installs new board

A new board of directors has been installed by the Maui Hotel & Lodging Association for 2018-19.

The induction came during the association’s annual meeting recently at the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort.

Maui Visitors Bureau Executive Director Sherry Duong performed the induction ceremony.

Board members are representatives of hotel properties and allied businesses that are association members.

The board members are: Nancy Chaplick, Spectrum; Bill Countryman, Marriott Maui Ocean Club; Fred Findlen, Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa, board vice chairman; Thomas Foti, The Westin Maui, board chairman; Mufi Hannemann, Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association; Richard Holtzman, Montage Kapalua Bay; Michael Jokovich, Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort; Gregg Lundberg, Blue Hawaiian Helicopters; Gregg Nelson, Napili Kai Beach Resort; Ryan Nobriga, The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas; Angela Nolan, Vistana Signature Experiences, Hawaii; Lisa Paulson, Maui Hotel & Lodging Association, executive director; Greg Peros, Maui Beach Hotel; Aaron Placourakis, Tri-Star Restaurant Group; Michael Pye, The Fairmont Kea Lani; Sharon Suzuki, Maui Electric Co., board treasurer; Mike White, Ka’anapali Beach Hotel; and Tetsuji Yamazaki, Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa.

The association is a nonprofit founded in 1987 to advocate for the visitor industry.


Uber launches vehicles that hold more people

Uber has recently put UberXL on the road on Maui, the Big Island and Kauai, according to an announcement.

The higher-capacity product already has been available on Oahu.

“UberXL vehicles can comfortably fit up to six riders or extra luggage, so it’s a good option for larger groups or families,” the announcement says.


Honolulu firm’s Maui project wins award

The Honolulu-based Clifford Planning & Architecture has won the grand award in Renaissance Competition’s affordable housing rentals category for its Kulamalu Hale project, according to an announcement from the Building Industry Association of Hawaii and the National Kitchen & Bath Association Aloha Chapter.

The association and chapter honored Hawaii architects, builders, contractors and designers on Oct. 12 at The Modern Honolulu during the Building Industry Design & Construction Gala.

Kulamalu Hale is an affordable workforce rental housing project with 56 one- and two-bedroom units in six townhouse buildings on more than 4 acres in Pukalani.


Lahaina Loft marks its first anniversary

To commemorate one year of creating special events, Lahaina Loft hosted its first birthday party on Oct. 23.

The loft is an oceanfront special-event venue.

About 100 guests celebrated by sipping on tropical cocktails by Twisted Tiki Bar and indulged in a lavish cheese display by Nicole Scharer Events, complete with local edible flowers, assorted crackers, nuts and fruit. The Maui Cookie Lab put together a dessert station of cookies as well as a cake made entirely of cookies.

Entertainment included live music, a hula performance and an interactive lei po’o-making station by Manatea Nui E.

For more information, visit www.lahainaloft.com or call (808) 868-0540.


Pizza Paradiso eatery celebrates 20 years

Pizza Paradiso Mediterranean Grill in Lahaina has marked its 20th anniversary by giving patrons 10 percent discounts on their orders through Nov. 20, according to an announcement.

The locally owned restaurant serves Italian, Greek and Middle Eastern food.

“In celebration of Pizza Paradiso’s 20-year anniversary, I want to give back to Maui,” said executive chef and owner Paris Nabavi.

The discounted orders need to be at least $15 per person and cannot be combined with other discounts or online orders.

Chef Nabavi has pledged to match 10 percent of the sales and donate that money to Habitat for Humanity Maui’s Hurricane Lane recovery efforts and the fire victims who lost their homes in Lahaina.

For more information, visit www.pizzaparadiso.com.


Four Native Hawaiian chambers to partner

The state’s four Native Hawaiian chambers of commerce have entered into an alliance as part of an effort to broaden discussions about Hawaiian issues statewide, according to an announcement.

State Sen. Brickwood Galuteria announced the alliance Oct. 17 during the 12th annual Hui Holomua Business Fest, presented by the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce in Waikapu.

The four chamber presidents spoke together publicly for the first time during a panel discussion about the Business of Food as part of the conference program.

“I’ve been encouraging them to join efforts for quite a while,” Galuteria said. “So to see them seated on the stage together is a truly historic moment.”

The chambers are on Maui, Oahu, Kauai and Hawaii island. Chamber officials have agreed to adopt the Aloha Spirit Law as their collective code of conduct.

During their Maui panel presentation, the four presidents discussed how their differences are actually strengths.

“Each Hawaiian chamber strives to assist Hawaiian-owned and managed businesses,” said Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce President Joseph Lapilio. “But as Hawaiians, we also care about the aina and the lahui as much as economic success.”

Kauai chamber President John Kaohehauli’i agreed.

“Each island chamber has its own issues, but we all share the same desire: to make sure Hawaiians can afford to stay in Hawaii, not just to survive, but to thrive,” he said.

Maui chamber President Teri Freitas Gorman said: “The state’s political leadership and corporate offices are in Honolulu, so the Oahu folks can share that perspective with us. The Neighbor Island chambers bring deep relationships with educational, cultural and community organizations. Together, we can be a force for good for Native Hawaiians and everyone else who calls Hawaii home.”


Hotel Wailea ranked No. 1 resort in state­

Conde Nast Traveler has named Hotel Wailea as its top resort in Hawaii for a second consecutive year, according to an announcement.

The hotel is Maui’s only adults-only, all-suite boutique hotel, designed exclusively for couples.

The ranking was part of the magazine’s 31st annual Readers’ Choice Awards. Hotel Wailea is Hawaii’s first and only Relais & Chateaux property.

The recognition is in the magazine’s issue this month.


See’s Candies returns to Ka’ahumanu Center

National retailer See’s Candies Shop reopened Thursday at the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center in Kahului, according to an announcement.

It’s located at its former location on the ground level, south wing. It will be open for the holiday season, through Easter.

“See’s Candies is one of our most asked for merchants, so we are delighted to be welcoming them back again,” said Toni Rojas, vice president of business and community development.

For more information, visit queenkaahumanucenter.com or stop by the center’s Guest Services desk.


Guardian Flight opens on Maui

Guardian Flight has opened a Hawaii Life Flight base in Maui, according to an announcement.

The leading air medical transport company is basing a dedicated and medically equipped fixed-wing aircraft at the base, primarily to serve Maui Memorial Medical Center in Wailuku.

The Kahului Airport base’s King Air C90 also serves as a backup for the Big Island and assists in patient transport statewide.

“The Maui base is staffed with a full contingent of expert flight and medical crews to deliver the very best care available to the communities we serve,” said Guardian Flight President Fred Buttrell. “We welcome the opportunity to work with our ground partner, American Medical Response, across the Hawaiian Islands.”

Hawaii Life Flight also has bases on Molokai, Oahu, Hawaii island and Kauai.


Maui Coffee Roasters honored

Maui Coffee Roasters has been honored with the Community Business Award from the Maui Nonprofit Directors Association at its annual meeting and leadership ceremony.

The business was selected from five nominees for its contributions to Maui nonprofits and the community at large.

Mike Okazaki, vice president of Maui Coffee Roasters, accepted the honor.

“By supporting the nonprofits here on Maui, we feel like we reach far more people through their extensive network, and we try to help as many as possible with their fundraisers and events,” he said.

The business opened on Wailuku’s Lower Main Street in 1982 before moving to its current location on Hana Highway in Kahului.

“Our philosophy has always been passion first, business second,” said Nicky “Beans” Matichyn, Maui Coffee Roasters owner and president. “With that in mind, we have also always been passionate about partnering with our Maui community.”


AT&T opens at Outlets of Maui

AT&T has opened a location at the Outlets of Maui in Lahaina, according to an announcement.

A grand opening was held Nov. 2 with a Hawaiian blessing performed by Kahu Alalani.

The store offers customers an array of technology solutions, including advanced mobile services, next-generation television and innovative home automation.

For more information, visit www.outletsofmaui.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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