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Credit union opens permanent branch

Aloha Pacific Federal Credit Union opened its first permanent Maui branch in Kahului on Nov. 2.

More than 250 people attended the opening celebration with giveaways and entertainment, according to a news release.

The new branch, located at Pu’unene Shopping Center, 70 Hookele St., Suite 1210, replaces the temporary one at 137 Kalepa Place.

New branch hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

Aloha Pacific FCU has been serving Maui residents for more than 20 years through its partnership with Maui credit unions, the release said.

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Zipline drive collects food bank donations

Makawao-based Skyline Hawai’i held a drive recently that netted more than 15,000 pounds of food donated to Maui and Kauai food banks, a Nov. 2 news release said.

Offering free zipline tours to Hawaii residents with 10 cans of food each during the month of September, the zipline company collected 15,743 pounds of food. Donations were made to Maui Food Bank and Kaua’i Independent Food Bank.

Annually since the drive started in 2015, “Skyline Hawai’i’s Kama’aina Month Food Drive” has amassed and donated 35 tons of food.

“It is really a pleasure for us to be able to help bring in these much needed food items for the Maui and Kauai community, while offering a fun experience for local families to enjoy,” said Skyline Hawai’i owner Danny Boren.

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Tea grown on slopes of Haleakala unveiled

Honolulu-based specialty tea company Tea Chest Hawaii unveiled late last month a new, rare tea grown on the slopes of Haleakala.

Crafted by Maui Tea Farm, which has been working on the tea for five years, the tea is currently only available in limited quantities. Haleakala Tea offers accents of dried banana and honey.

This tea is the first to come out of a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant received by Tea Chest Hawaii to propagate tea around the state. Only a few pounds of Haleakala Tea are brought to market each month, making it one of the rarest teas in the world today, an Oct. 23 news release said.

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OluKai opens store in Whalers Village

OluKai, a Hawaiian-inspired footwear company, opened a retail location last month at Whalers Village in Kaanapali.

The store holds a variety of product lines, along with a range of signature premium leather sandals with the latest shoe and sneaker designs for men and women.

Kaanapali’s storefront features nine shapes of voyaging canoe sails with intricate woodwork patterns, each representing nine major trade winds of Maui, an Oct. 17 news release said. Inside, a mural by Wooden Wave can be found.

Daily hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

For information, visit www.olukai.com.

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Credit union makes move to Lipoa Center

HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union, the state’s largest credit union, relocated its Kihei branch from a location in Times Supermarket to a larger, full-service spot in Lipoa Center next to Longs Drugs.

The Kihei branch officially opened Oct. 15 and expands services previously offered, with the addition of safe deposit boxes, a community room and a financial wellness lounge, a news release said.

“Providing our members an exceptional experience is our commitment,” said Kim Ribucan, Kihei branch manager.

The Kihei location is one of 14 in the network throughout Oahu, Maui and Hawaii island.

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PWF remodels its Maalaea store

Pacific Whale Foundation remodeled its Ocean Store at Maalaea to add a “more customer-friendly layout” and new items.

A traditional Hawaiian blessing and reopening celebration was held Oct. 18, a news release said.

The Ocean Store is located at 300 Maalaea Road in the Maui Harbor Shops. All profits from the store directly support PWF’s research, education and conservation efforts.

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Celebration Suites makes Wailea debut

Hotel Wailea recently launched Celebration Suites, a new accommodation created with “milestone moments in mind,” an Oct. 18 news release said.

Twelve top-floor suites feature panoramic ocean views, vibrant decor, a private concierge, daily breakfast, a private lanai and a bottle of Laurent-Perrier Brut champagne and tropical treats on arrival.

The suites start at $1,299 per night.

For guests wanting to upgrade to “Celebration Suites Experience,” a five-night minimum stay is $8,215 without tax and resort fees. The package includes a private treehouse dinner for two, a couple’s paradise retreat massage, daily cabana rentals and breakfasts, and a welcome bottle of champagne and tropical fruit platter.

For information, visit www.hotelwailea.com.

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Wellness retreat named best in state

The World Spa Awards named locally owned Maui Healing Retreat “Hawaii’s Best Wellness Retreat 2019” on Oct. 21.

Voted Hawaii’s best by spa and wellness tourism professionals and thousands of spa consumers, the Makawao-based wellness center offers custom packages of accommodations, healing sessions, spa treatments, healthy foods and exclusive tours, a news release said.

Maui Healing Retreat also provides marriage retreats, cleanse and detox retreats, spiritual awakening retreats and a women’s empowerment retreat.

For more information, visit www.mauihealingretreat.com.

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Resort adopts plan to help save energy

Grand Wailea highlighted its water-savings, solid-waste-reduction and energy-saving measures in a recent news release announcing “significant progress” toward islandwide sustainability.

Green operations include its food program, which recycles all cooking oil as biodiesel, as well as an “aggressive effort” to convert all resort food and beverage outlets to zero-waste kitchen facilities.

The resort has a landscaping program that recycles more than 10 tons of green waste every month. It also reduced power needs by 60 percent through a switch to LED lights, a Nov. 7 news release said.

To learn more about Grand Wailea’s “Green Scorecard,” visit www.grandwailea.com.

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Courier service earns a regional award

Maui-based Islandwide Courier Inc. was recently named FedEx Ground’s 2019 Entrepreneur of the Year for the region.

A FedEx Ground service provider for a decade, Islandwide Courier has 18 employees and a 10-vehicle fleet. The company is being honored for its “exceptional service, commitment to safety and people-focused business philosophies.”

Islandwide Courier is one of 20 regional winners from across North America, an Oct. 16 news release said.

* 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.