Locally owned footwear retailer Island Sole has opened a second Maui location at 728 Front St. in Lahaina. The new store, at 2,400 square feet, is more than three times larger than its first Maui location.
The new location features a selection of "trendy" beach and island lifestyle brands.
The original location at 736 Front St. will now focus on offering a selection of Sanuk footwear.
EXPANDING MEMBERSHIP. Hawaii State Federal Credit Union (Hawaii State FCU) has been granted approval to expand its market area to include select employee groups such as businesses, associations and nonprofits. The membership expansion went into effect June 1.
Currently the credit union's membership includes Hawaii state, City and County of Honolulu and Maui County employees.
Membership is currently open to nonactive and retired employees of the state of Hawaii, City and County of Honolulu and Maui, Hawaii Island and Kauai counties, employees of the Hawaii State FCU, eligible member spouses of people who died while within the field of membership and immediate family and household members of all people listed.
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For more information and to sign up, see www.hsfcu.com.
THE DEATH STORE GOING GREEN. Doorway Into Light's The Death Store has been certified as the first green funeral home in the state, according to a news release.
The funeral home and resource center on Maui will be offering eco-conscious caskets and urns, many locally made and providing the services of a funeral director.
The store features a bookstore, a lending library, a reference library, home funeral supplies and free counseling and support services.
For more information, see www.thedeathstore.com
MAUI LUXURY. Maui Luxury Living has transformed its blog into a promotional vehicle that showcases the "most prominent businesses in Maui," according to a news release.
The idea was to connect Maui's most prestigious brands directly with travelers and local consumers who want to experience the best of what Maui has to offer.
Chief Executive Officer Jeff Swanson said now the online site has a platform that allows it to connect local businesses directly with visitors and local consumers who are interested in eating at a five-star restaurant or taking a private helicopter ride to the golf course.
For more information, see Maui Luxury Living online or call (800) 478-0233.
VINTAGE AND COLLECTABLE AT MALL. An exhibition of rare Japanese and American vintage and collectible materials related to Pearl Harbor and the World War II Pacific Theatre runs through Jan. 31 at the Queen Ka'ahumanu Center. The display is on the Macy's women's store end of the mall next to Details Boutique.
The show and its related retail component is open seven days a week during regular mall hours.
The event organized by Bryant Neal and Richard Mickelsen of the Story of Hawaii Museum brings together an array of original documents, posters, maps, photos, books, artifacts and other vintage materials that illustrate the events set in motion by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. There is also a large collection of seldom-seen artifacts acquired directly from Japan along with items that show Hawaii's unique role in the war as well as that of others.
Items for sale include original WWII materials, as well as maps and documents in reproduction. Other vintage Hawaiiana and collectables will be for sale.
Susan Halas, longtime antiquarian, will be available by appointment to show items that are either rare or too fragile to be handled.
Call her at 244-7777 or send email to email@example.com.
For more information, call Neal at 283-3576 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org
BIODIESEL IN WEST MAUI. Pacific Biodiesel's biodiesel is now available in Lahaina at Maui Petroleum's newest Ohana Fuels station.
It is located at the Lahaina Minit Stop at 10 Kupuohi St. The station is the first to offer locally produced biodiesel in West Maui, a news release said.
Both B100 and B20 fuel are available.
Biodiesel, which can be used in any diesel engine, is a renewable fuel alternative to petroleum diesel. The biodiesel offered at the station is produced locally at the Big Island Biodiesel facility, the release said.
AMONG BEST GOLF HOTELS. The Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea was ranked as one of the "Best Golf Hotels" in the nation this year.
Hotels.com created the list based on more than 10 million guest reviews and rated the Maui resort "Outstanding" across several categories.
The resort finished with a score of 4.6 stars out of 5, which tied The Boulders, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Arizona for second in the nation.
The Grand Del Mar in San Diego claimed first (5.0 rating).