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Software for wellness checks has new feature

Locally developed self-monitoring software called Wellness Tracker now features Quick Response (QR) code wellness checks.

The new touch-free element eliminates the manual process of collecting guest information and provides an “easy-to-use digital screening” for restaurants, retailers and other customer-facing businesses that need guests to safely complete a wellness check before entering premises, according to a news release.

Wellness Tracker, available online at WellnessTracker.com, was launched in 2020 by ALTRES Foundation, the nonprofit arm of the Kahului-based company. To date, Wellness Tracker has prevented 2,474 potential COVID-19 exposures statewide, the release said.


Moku Roots recognized by Yelp! on top 100 list

Moku Roots, Lahaina Gateway’s zero-waste vegan restaurant, has been named by Yelp! as one of the Top 100 Places to Eat in 2021.

Yelp’s annual Top 100 list is the culmination of thousands of suggestions sent in from the Yelp community. Moku Roots landed at No. 21 on the list and is the only restaurant in Hawaii to receive the honor, according to a news release.

Moku Roots was opened by two friends, Alexa Caskey and Erica Gale, in May 2018 to serve vegetarian and vegan food in a nearly zero-waste process. Takeaway items like sandwiches and wraps are packaged in ti leaves or in reusable tins for purchase or deposit. Nothing at Moku Roots is “single use” and customers are encouraged to bring their own containers.

Popular items include the taro burger of the week, Pizza Fridays, vegan sushi and gluten-free, vegan cheesecakes.

For information, visit mokuroots.com.


Earth Aloha Eats fish dish nets PETA nod

PETA recently announced that Maui-based Earth Aloha Eats, a plant-based organic and vegan eatery in Lahaina and Kahului, netted a spot on its “Top Faux-Fish Dishes of 2021” list.

Earth Aloha Eats was recognized for its Phish & Chips, a dish of crispy golden vegan fillets made with wheat and soy and served with French fries, rainbow coleslaw, tartar sauce and fresh lemon, according to a news release.

“Earth Aloha Eats’ vegan twist on classic pub fare is the perfect fish-friendly way to celebrate Pisces season,” PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said.

Other winners on PETA’s list include the Bagel & Lox from ESSEN in Cincinnati; the Spicy Salmon from Old Abe & Co. in Rochester, Minn.; the Tuna Salad from Kindred in New Orleans; the Fisch Fry Sandwich from Cheeze Factory Restaurant in Baraboo, Wis.; and the Fishless Sandwich from Earth Burger in San Antonio.


Sensei Lana’i has new wellness program

Sensei Lana’i, A Four Seasons Resort recently launched an “Optimal Wellbeing Program” at its private retreat on Lanai.

The program is an “in-depth diagnostic and data-led initiative designed to help guests awaken their ‘optimal’ self through technology and experiential learning,” according to a news release.

Sensei Lana’i focuses on customized well-being plans from on-site sensei guides. Created by Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison and Dr. David Agus, a physician, scientist and author, the retreat helps people “live longer, healthier lives” with “the Sensei Way,” an approach that uses science, technology and multidisciplinary research.

For information, visit sensei.com/owp/.


Hawaiian Air still most punctual in U.S.

Hawaiian Airlines held on to its top spot as the nation’s most punctual carrier, according to a recent news release.

For the 17th consecutive year, Hawaiian has been noted for its best on-time performance record with 87.5 percent of its flights arriving on time last year based on U.S. Department of Transportation data.

Hawaii’s hometown airline began its on-time performance streak in 2004, a news release said.


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