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Maui black sand beach near Hana ranked world’s 19th best

Honokalani Beach north of Hana town has been rated as No. 19 among the world’s best beaches in a ranking by 1,000 of the travel industry’s top travel professionals, according to FlightNetwork.com.

The volcanic, crescent-shaped beach at Waianapanapa State Park, “deemed sacred by the Hawaiian people,” received a rating of 9 out of 10 for “sheer untouched beauty” and “sand and water quality.” Its “remoteness” received a 7 out of 10, the travel website reported.

“The jet black sand, bright turquoise water and lush green forest create a mystical, otherworldly effect on this sacred stretch of sand,” it reported, while adding that the surf is “too powerful to swim in.”

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Maui ocean-activity businesses each win ecotourism awards

Two Maui ocean-activity businesses received awards at the Hawaii Ecotourism Association’s annual awards event last month in Waikiki.

Hawaiian Paddle Sports was named Hawaii’s Sustainable Operator of the Year, and Lila Jones, head mermaid instructor at Hawaii Mermaid Adventures, was named Maui’s Ecotour Guide of the Year.

Hawaiian Paddle Sports provides “authentic, sustainable ecotours that encourage guests to discover a deeper appreciation of and connection to Hawaii’s marine environment,” an announcement said.

The business was established in 2010.

Jones is a marine biologist, lifeguard, skin diver and scuba diver. She created a new “mermaid” diver certification and is trained in CPR, first aid and the use of an automated external defibrillator.

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New vintage costume shop opens up in old Wailuku town

A new “pop-up” shop, Rag Queen of Maui, has opened in Wailuku town, according to an announcement from owner Nai’a Newlight of Haiku.

The shop stocks a collection of vintage aloha shirts and muumuu. Newlight has been collecting aloha wear since her first visit to Hawaii in 1981. She previously did an aloha wear “pop-up” store at the former Kona Surf hotel in 1990.

The shop is at 1942 Main St. It’s open from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday.

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Body in Balance wins Better Business Bureau ethics award

Body in Balance, a Pilates and personal training studio in Lahaina, has received a Torch Award for Ethics from the Better Business Bureau, according to an announcement.

It reported that the bureau awarded only one Torch award statewide.

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Maui Brewing Co. design takes award of merit from architects

The design of the Maui Brewing Co. restaurant in Kihei received an award of merit from the American Institute of Architects at an event last month in Honolulu.

The award went to WCIT Architecture.

The other award of merit went to the Park Lane Ala Moana project in Kakaako, Oahu.

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Made in Maui County Festival booklet earns Pinnacle Award

The Made in Maui County Festival’s official program booklet has earned a 2018 Pinnacle Award, according to an announcement.

The booklet has become an invaluable resource for those seeking local businesses that produce made-in-Maui-County products. It tied for a Bronze Award in the “Best Event Program” category for events under $250,000.

* 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.