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Gilbert and Associates Design Wins Gold Pele, Judges Pick at Annual Awards

Kahului advertising agency Gilbert and Associates says they were “beyond thrilled” to be awarded a Gold Pele, as well as a prestigious “Judge’s Award – Best in Show” at the annual Pele Awards ceremony held on Oahu on April 21. The awards were the result of the company’s creative, tongue-in-cheek design for Minit Stop’s gift card and gift cardholder, cleverly …

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Made in Maui County Festival Generates $1.8M in Four Years

This week, the County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and the Maui Chamber of Commerce released a full report detailing the results and economic impact of the 4th Annual Made In Maui County Festival, which was held on November 3 and November 4, 2017 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului, Maui. Presented by the County of …

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Fork & Salad Maui Announces Franchise Expansion

Fork & Salad has announced that they will be franchising the Maui health eatery. Fork & Salad owners Jaron Blosser, Travis Morrin and Cody Christopher said on Monday that they are teaming up with Fransmart, a global leader in franchise development that has grown brands like Five Guys Burgers & Fries and Qdoba Mexican Grill. Fork & Salad franchises will …

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Houle Financial Buys Kukui Mall, Plans Reopening of Regency Theatre

Houle Financial Corporation, partial owner of Coldwell Banker Island Properties, has closed on the purchase of Kukui Mall in Kihei. The corporation has also announced the return of a premium quality movie theatre to south Maui, Regency Kihei Luxury Cinemas. According to officials, the theatre will be opening in mid-2018 with an all new premises and will feature electric recliner luxury …

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Walmart Plans to Expand Maternity Leave, Provide Employees with Bonus

Walmart has announced plans to expand maternity and parental leave benefits and provide a one-time cash bonus for eligible associates of up to $1,000 for associates. The company is also creating a new benefit to assist associates with adoption expenses. The changes will benefit the company’s more than one million U.S. hourly associates, including more than 3,900 Walmart associates in …

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Hawai`i to get Piece of $45M Settlement with PHH Mortgage

Attorney General Doug Chin, 48 other state attorneys general, the District of Columbia and over 45 state mortgage regulators have reached a $45 million settlement with New Jersey-based mortgage lender and servicer PHH Mortgage Corporation. “This settlement holds PHH accountable for the harms that 67 Hawaii borrowers suffered from improper loan servicing,” Attorney General Chin said. “The agreement places new …

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Winners of 2017 Mayor’s Small Business Awards Announced

The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and the Maui Chamber of Commerce honored the nominees and winners of the 2017 Mayor’s Small Business Awards on Tuesday, March 7th at the King Kamehameha Golf Club. The awards dinner was held in partnership with the Maui Chamber of Commerce, and sponsored by silver sponsors American Savings Bank and HMSA; and bronze sponsors …

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