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Humana to operate a Medicare kiosk

Ahead of the 2020 Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plan Annual Election Period (AEP) that runs Tuesday through Dec. 7, health and well-being company Humana Inc. will be available to answer questions at a Queen Ka’ahumanu Center kiosk from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Nov. 30.

Staffed by Humana agents, the kiosk will help with topics, such as the differences between original Medicare and Medicare Advantage; plan options that work best based on health, lifestyle and income; health and well-being benefits that each plan offers; and coverage options for prescription drug, dental and vision, hearing aids or fitness programs, wellness programs and over-the-counter items.

Also, agents may help current Humana members with benefits- and claims-related questions.

For information on Humana Medicare Advantage options, visit Humana.com/Medicare or call (800) 213-5286 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday.

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Maui firm handling leases for foundation

Commercial Properties of Maui LLC has been selected to handle the leasing of five industrial property centers in Kahului starting this month for The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.

They include Wakea Business Center, Alamaha Business Center, Lalo Business Center and 150 and 230 Hana Highway, a news release said.

The properties represent about 375,000 square feet of mixed-use and industrial space, and include parking and loading zone areas for tenants.

Commercial Properties of Maui will focus on existing tenant retention and new leasing, while the Weinberg Foundation executes its plans to improve and upgrade the properties, the news release said.

For information on Commercial Properties of Maui, call 244-2200 or visit www.mauibiz.com.

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Waikiki Brewing Co. slated for fall finish

Waikiki Brewing Co. is anticipated to open this fall at a new location in Outlets of Maui in Lahaina and construction is on schedule, an announcement said.

Earlier this month, a large trailer containing the restaurant’s complete kitchen was moved via crane to the site for installation.

Once completed, the nearly 4,000-square-foot oceanfront venue will hold indoor and outdoor seating and an “island-authentic dining and gathering experience,” the news release said.

Signature, handmade craft beer selections, plus seasonal and limited release varieties; full brunch and lunch/dinner menus; and a calendar of special events, such as brewery tours, will be offered.

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A Saigon Cafe gets Blue Zones approval

A Saigon Cafe in Wailuku recently was named a Blue Zones Project Approved restaurant for its healthy dining options, a news release said.

“When I first heard about Blue Zones, I was so excited because this is what we need on Maui,” said chef and owner Jennifer Nguyen. “I am into buying local and organic produce so offering healthy options to customers was a natural fit for me and my restaurant.”

The restaurant, which opened in 1993 and is now located at 1792 Main St., joins other Blue Zones-approved eateries, including University of Hawaii Maui College’s Pa’ina Food Court, Fork and Salad, Down to Earth, Wailuku Coffee Co. and Wailuku’s Farmacy Health Bar.

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Golf adventure set with new company

New golf excursion company Albatross Golf Adventures is offering three tours, one of which includes the islands of Maui, Lanai and Hawaii.

The Ali’i Tour provides golfing at Kapalua’s Plantation Course, a stay at Royal Lahaina and activities such as the Royal Lahaina Luau among others. The Kahuna Tour is on Oahu and Kauai. The Malihini Tour partners with Las Vegas-based Charlie West Management to hold two rounds of golf and an activity with a celebrity on the company roster that includes baseball, football, modeling and golfing stars.

Albatross Golf Adventures is owned by Chad Yamauchi, an Oahu native and Maui resident, and founder Garrett Temple, who has experience with Topgolf, Hawaii resorts and celebrities.

For information, visit albatrossgolfadventures.com or find the company on Facebook and Instagram.

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Haleakala dinner tour coming soon

Roberts Hawaii will be offering a new Haleakala Sunset Dinner and Stargazing experience through its Hoku Hawaii Tours.

The tour runs every day, with the exception of Mondays and Thursdays, from 2:30 to 10:30 p.m. during winter and 3:30 to 11:30 p.m. during summer.

Cost is $366.48 per person and includes dinner by Kula Lodge.

For information, visit www.robertshawaii.com.

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Island Art Party’s new owners rejoice

Pukalani residents Gary and Mary Albitz are the new owners of Island Art Party of Kihei, and they celebrated with a public grand opening, ribbon cutting and blessing Sept. 17, an announcement said.

They said they are keeping the same format and staff as the previous ownership. New retail gift items, family classes, theme nights and an open studio are being offered.

Also, Island Art Party recently received its liquor license.

“Island Art Party is known for its fun afternoon and evening art parties,” Mary Albitz said in a news release. For more information, visit www.islandartparty.com or call Mary Albitz at (808) 269-2445.

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Nominations sought for 2020 SBA honor

The U.S. Small Business Administration is seeking nominations for the 2020 SBA Small Business Awards for Hawaii.

Since 1963, the federal agency yearly has recognized outstanding small businesses, exporters, entrepreneurs and advocates. Deadline to submit a nomination is Nov. 4.

Categories for Hawaii include small business person of the year; entrepreneurial success award; family-owned small business of the year; small business exporter of the year; young entrepreneur of the year; and small business advocates of the year.

Any individual or organization may submit nominations; self-nominations are accepted. Nominations may be submitted to www.hisbdc.org or by contacting the SBA Hawaii District Office (808) 541-2990.

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Maui Powder Works earns ‘Top Shop’

Lahaina-based Maui Powder Works was named one of the best finishing shops in the U.S. for 2019, according to an industry benchmarking survey by Products Finishing magazine.

Maui Powder Works was one of 50 shops to be given “Top Shop” recognition and had to excel in four areas, including Current Finishing Technology, Finishing Practices and Performances, Business Strategies and Performances, and Training and Human Resources, to qualify.

Owned by Ross Scott, the company offers abrasive blasting and powder coating.

“To be able to be as competitive as Mainland shops means our employees and management team have worked very hard to be the best in the industry,” Scott said in a news release.

Maui Powder Works is located at 142 Kupuohi St., Suite F5, Lahaina. For information, visit mauipowderworks.com.

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MeiLi Autumn celebrates 5 years

Local bridal hair and makeup company MeiLi Autumn Beauty celebrated its five-year anniversary Sept. 23 with a Haiku event called “Radiant You,” featuring chefs, artists and musicians.

Owned by artist MeiLi Coon, the company volunteers annually to do hair and makeup for Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Centers and the Maui Cancer Wellness retreats.

Proceeds from the event will provide wellness kits of clean skin care, nontoxic makeup products and self-care items for women in these programs.

“You’d be astonished to see what lashes, lipstick, and some curls can do for a woman’s self-esteem. Beauty has always been a way to nourish the soul, and I believe all women, no matter their circumstance, should have access to it,” Coon said in a news release.

For information, visit www.meiliautumn.com.

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Hawaiian Air basic fares take off soon

Hawaiian Airlines is launching cost-savings Main Cabin Basic fares for travel beginning Oct. 21 on select, nonstop flights between Honolulu and three of its Mainland cities, Los Angeles, Long Beach and San Jose.

The lowest fare prices are for travelers who forgo advanced seat selection and the ability to upgrade seats. They will select a seat when checking in, or they will be assigned one at the gate. Complimentary carry-on bag and one personal item are still allowed.

For information, visit www.hawaiianair.com.

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Conde Nast readers love Grand Wailea

Ho’olei Villas at the Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, recently was named Conde Nast Traveler 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards’ No. 1 resort in the state and ranked fifth overall in the nation.

Grand Wailea also was recognized in the top 10 resorts as the eighth best in the state, a news release said. Grand Wailea officials traveled to New York City to accept the award Oct. 7.

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Kapalua burger earns national nod

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua’s Burger Shack was named the sole winner in the state, and one of the five winning restaurants nationally, in the fifth annual Blended Burger Project, which aims to create “delicious, nutritious and sustainable” burgers blending meat and mushrooms, a news release said.

Burger Shack’s chef Meredith Manee helped craft its winning Maui Ono Mushroom Burger, which included 70/30 grass-fed Maui beef and kiawe-smoked king alii mushrooms.

The project, presented by the James Beard Foundation, sends out the culinary challenge annually to industry professionals.

For information, visit www.jamesbeard.org/blendedburgerproject.

* 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.