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AARP: Wailea a top honeymoon spot

If you’re ready for a second honeymoon, consider Wailea.

The South Maui enclave was named last month by AARP Facebook Fans as one of “12 Amazing Second Honeymoon Destinations,” according to an email announcement from AARP.

According to the Pew Research Center, half of previously married seniors have remarried, up from 34 percent in 1960, the release states. The full article posted on the expedia-aarp.com website outlines that Wailea has no shortage of sandy beaches, shopping and traditional culture.

Other destinations that made the list include Geneva, N.Y.; Las Vegas; Bend, Ore.; and Mackinac Island in Michigan. To see the full list, visit expedia-aarp.com/amazing-second-honeymoon-destinations-according-aarp-fans.

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Bite Squad expands food delivery areas

Breakfast in Kahului and full service in Kihei are now on the menu for Bite Squad, the food delivery service announced last month.

The on-demand food delivery app’s rapid success in Kahului since its May launch prompted the decisions to begin full service in Kihei and increase its hours in Kahului. Bite Squad already has more than 75 restaurant partners in the area.

Breakfast delivery starts immediately in Kahului — beginning at 8 a.m. daily. More than a 20 Kahului-area restaurant partners have joined forces with Bite Squad for breakfast service, including Jersey Mike’s, Jamba Juice, Jack in the Box, Cupies Maui, Wei Wei Cafe & Noodle House, CAA Market Place, Tiki Tiki Thai Cuisine, Fernando’s, Blazin’ Steaks, Originz Maui, Paia Gelato, Hana Picnic Lunch Company, Cafe Made in Hope, Amigo’s, Island Fresh Cafe, Poke Hale Grindz, Tobi’s Shave Ice North Shore, Paia Bowls and Las Pinatas of Maui.

Delivery charges begin at $2.99. Bite Squad is accessed through its app, available for download in iOS and Android.

Bite Squad is currently hiring 100 people in the area, according to the announcement. Drivers can apply at bitesquad.com/apply. Any local restaurant looking to become a partner with Bite Squad can go to go.bitesquad.com/sales.

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Chocolate tours offered in Kula

Maui Chocolate and Coffee Tours began offering tours at Kupa’a Farms in Kula in March, according to an Aug. 1 news release.

Kupa’a is a second-generation, certified organic family farm. It is a 16-acre estate with 4 acres currently organically farmed with 450 coffee trees and a budding cacao future.

Tours are offered Sundays, Thursdays and Saturdays with two tours each of those days. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays are open for prearranged private tours. Tours start at $59 for adults with children rates available; no charge for children under age 5.

Chocolate tours include a history of cacao in Hawaii, Kupa’a Farms history, garden talk that includes various trees and plants, and chocolate-making demonstrations including converting fresh cacao to the ancient Mayan hot chocolate beverage.

For more information, visit mauichocolatecoffeetours.com. Kupa’a Farms website is kupaafarms.org.

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Airline named title sponsor of festival

The Maui Chamber of Commerce, supported by the County of Maui Office of Economic Development, announced last month that Hawaiian Airlines has signed a two-year title sponsorship of the annual Hawaiian Airlines Made in Maui County Festival. The two-day event is Maui County’s largest products show, offering a springboard for local companies to take their business to the next level.

“For the past three years, Hawaiian Airlines has been an event sponsor of the festival,” said Pamela Tumpap, president of the Maui Chamber of Commerce. “Now, we’re thrilled to partner with Hawaiian Airlines as the title sponsor for the sixth and seventh annual Hawaiian Airlines Made In Maui County Festival. We look forward to strengthening the relationship that has already been built and taking this important event that benefits so many of our islands’ entrepreneurs to new heights.”

Held on the first Friday and Saturday of November at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului, the goal of this annual event is to showcase locally made products; grow independent businesses headquartered within the county (Maui, Molokai and Lanai islands); strengthen the community by encouraging job creation; and diversify the county’s economy.

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Westin Nanea Villas gets green honor

The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas was one of 35 Hawaii businesses and events honored for its green practices, according to a state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism news release Aug. 1.

This year’s Hawaii Green Business Program awards ceremony has been expanded to include a new “HGBP Alaka’i 10-Entry Level” category that encourages smaller restaurants and food service companies to take stops to become more sustainable while improving their bottom lines, according to the release.

HGBP provides technical assistance to businesses committed to operating in an environmentally and socially responsible manner, the announcement states.

“Participating in the Hawaii Green Business Program is a great way for businesses to market, advertise and increase their competitive advantage while enhancing their overall productivity,” said DBEDT Director Mike McCarthy.

From 2009 through 2019, HGBP has assisted and recognized more than 100 business and governmental entities.

For more information on the award winners and the HGBP program, visit greenbusiness.hawaii.gov.

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Handcrafted Island Sodas are delivered

Maui Brewing Co. announced July 11 a new program that offers home delivery of its natural, handcrafted Island Sodas in 12-packs or cases of 48 cans.

Island Sodas are made with no artificial colors or flavors and no high-fructose corn syrup. They are also naturally GMO free, according to an announcement, and naturally caffeine free (except for its cola).

The products include Island Root Beer, Island Ginger Beer, Island Cola and Island Tonic in 12-packs and cases. A variety 12-pack includes four cans each of Island Root Beer, Island Ginger Beer and Island Cola. The variety pack case includes eight cans each of Island Root Beer, Island Ginger Beer and Island Cola. Prices range from $24 to $48.

To order, visit mauibrewingco.com/product/island-soda.

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New gallery opens in Wailea Village

Maui-based and locally owned Kohola Gallery announced its opening Aug. 5 in Wailea Village center.

Rooted in its namesake in the Hawaiian language, Kohola (meaning “whale”), the gallery pays homage to the humpback whales that come to the state each winter. Featured artwork includes photographic portraits of whales, turtles, coral reefs, Maui’s famous shipwreck, surreal sunsets, pastel sunrises, stunning landscapes created along the road to Hana, and beautiful beaches for residents and visitors to discover, appreciate and collect, according to an news release.

Each Wednesday afternoon from 4 to 6, the gallery will feature a painter or photographer on location, allowing residents and visitors to meet artists, ask questions and talk story.

The new gallery is owned by Christopher Alliston, Bryan Blauvelt and Douglas Hoffman. Each of the three partners is a scuba instructor and their mutual love for the ocean, whales and photography has brought them together in this new venture.

Kohola Gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and is located on the second level of the Wailea Village center. For more information, visit koholagallery.com or call 875-8899.

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Shipt partners with Times Supermarkets

Shipt, a leader in same-day delivery, announced that it has joined forces with Times Supermarkets to provide deliveries as soon as one hour to families and visitors in the Kihei and Lahaina areas.

Founded in 2014, Shipt is committed to simplifying its members’ lives by offering a new, convenient same-day shopping experience, according to an announcement. Shipt’s marketplace gives members the ability to browse, search and shop the in-store assortment of products online. Members can note preferences, choose a one-hour delivery window and pay for their order, all within the app. Shipt’s expert team of shoppers takes care of selecting, bagging and delivering the items. The annual membership grants access to free, unlimited delivery on orders of more than $35.

“Times Supermarkets has been a staple of convenience for Hawaii residents and visitors since it opened 70 years ago,” said Kelly Caruso, Shipt chief executive officer. “Partnering with Times gives us the opportunity to provide an additional layer of ease by bringing local produce, locally made products and prepared foods to members in Hawaii.”

Shipt plans to add to its network of shoppers on Maui. To apply to be a Shipt shopper, visit shipt.com/be-a-shopper.

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Maui FCU anounces keiki savings plan

Maui Federal Credit Union announced the launch of a youth share account program recently to encourage financial awareness among kids and teens.

The program includes a Sprout share account for children under age 13, or an ithrive share account for teens ages 13 to 17, according to an announcement. Each member will receive a free gift upon signing up as a preview of the rewards offered at every milestone in their savings journey.

According to the announcement, keiki will get a membership card and can claim a gift for their birthday, plus a dollar for every A grade they receive in school. Those with straight A’s will also be eligible for a $25 drawing every quarter.

Maui FCU’s membership fee of $1 and minimum deposit of $25 are waived for Sprout members 6 months and below. All youth accounts must be co-owned by a parent or legal guardian.

To sign up, fill out a form at the Maui FCU Kahului branch. For more information, visit mauifcu.com or call 873-5050.

* 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.