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Ua Pau... the 2017 Business Fest has concluded... 
(Event photos will be posted soon...)

       (ua pau) at King Kamehameha Golf Club in Waikapū (new venue for 2017)

          Exploring the new federal NATIVE Act 
             (Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience Act)
                           and its potential for indigenous focused tourism,
                     and a real opportunity to spur our local economy and and 
                     share our history and culture with the rest of the world.

      Mahalo Kākou to all the Volunteers, Sponsors, MNHCoC members,
                 Kamehameha Schools Haumana, Guests & Attendees
and a special Mahalo nui to the Speakers for sharing their manaʻo:
     US Senator Brian Schatz, Hawaii State Senator Brickwood Galuteria,
Native Alaskan Speaker: Camille Ferguson, Native American Speaker: Ben Sherman 
                 Native Hawaiian Speaker: Ramsay Mahealani Taum
                                             Speaker List

Ua Pau... this event was held the evening of February 13, 2018 and is over. 


Where:     Seascape Restaurant at the Maʻalaea Harbor Shops

The scenic Seascape Restaurant provided outstanding views of Maʻalaea Harbor to serve as the venue where Maui Ocean Center introduced their new concept in aquariums in planning their new Humpback Exhibit.  Their newest experience will be a more concise and "intimate" tour of the annual migration of humpbacks to Hawaiʻi that highlights their behavior at any given point of their journey. The exhibit will use laser technology and a uniquely engineered "planetarium-style" dome to provide an “immersive swim” with the Humpbacks off Maui (without ever getting wet).  Maui Ocean Center’s General Manager Tapani Vuori and Exhibit Designer Chris Masterson explained how their original corporate directive has evolved and improved through the local community sharing their cultural and scientific knowledge. Their plans and processes demonstrated a renewed dedication by Maui Ocean Center to the community, the culture, the environment and sustainability. The presentation was a wonderful "behind-the-scenes" look at the evolution of the exhibit to make it beyond just educational and entertaining but relevant and respectful to our community.

“Maui Ocean Center is successfully combining the latest scientific knowledge with timeless Hawaiian wisdom to create a new Humpback experience that appeals to all ages,” said MNHCoC president Teri Freitas Gorman. “Our chamber whole-heartedly supports this holistic approach to sharing authentic cultural awareness with our visitors, but more importantly, with our Maui youth. We know our members will be excited to hear about it.”

The unique and picturesque venue was wonderful in facilitating a networking opportunity that included an amazing Pasta Buffet Dinner and then the wonderful presentation.  

Ua Pau... this event is over. 

Ua Pau... this previous General Meeting/Party was held Wednesday Evening, December 13,  2017

MNHCoC year-end Christmas Celebration!

Where:     Maui Ocean Center -at Maʻalaea Harbor 

Cost:        $80 per person

In lieu of a formal presentation, the December year end celebration dinner featured the music of Maui’s own Ikaika Blackburn. Ikaika is a gifted ‘ukulele player and founding member of the Nā Hōkū Hanohano award-winning trio Nā Hoa.  In 2015, Nā Hoa received a Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award for Extended Play Album of the Year for Cha-Lang-A-Lang Christmas. 

The evening opened with networking among the beautiful exhibits with guests looking at all the ocean life while chomping down on delicious pūpūs. The biggest surprise was "Scuba Santa" swimming with the sharks and giant ulua -answering fun underwater facts and wishing us a waterlogged "ho, ho, ho!"

The finale was a sumptuous buffet featuring Beef Medallions & Mushroom with Merlot Demi-Glace, Macadamia Encrusted Mahimahi with Citrus Beurre Blanc, and Garlic & Herb Roasted Chicken, accompanied by a full complement of side dishes. The meal concluded with a selection of holiday desserts and Kona coffee.

Ua Pau... this previous General Meeting/Party was held Wednesday Evening, December 13,  2017.

Ua Pau... this previous Membership Meeting was held on Tuesday, August 8, 2017.

August General Membership Meeting (New Board Members Installation) (Ua Pau...)

Where:        Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapū -Tram Station
Sponsor:     Island Sotheby's Intl. Realty 

  Dinner Buffet (with no host bar) was provided by Daniʻs Catering
     featured: mochiko chicken, fried mahi mahi, and beef broccoli and pumpkin pie for dessert.

Ua Pau...

General Meeting Member Business...
The new MNHCoC Board Members at Large were installed.  This was a wonderful opportunity to meet and congratulate the incoming board of director members (as well as mingle with the rest of the board, the outgoing board members and the rest of the membership). 

Guest Speakers...
New Board Member Ryan MacLaughlin made us aware of the Hawaii Affiliates of Sotheby’s International Realty (HASIR) Charitable Fund, the Hoʻokupu Fund, a collective philanthropy effort across all four Hawaii-based offices enabling each office and each agent to coordinate support either through gift, donation, time, etc… Even clients, current and past, are encouraged to participate. It is a great way for clients to get involved in their (new) community and a way for the community to see how important they are to HASIR. Each year, a new single organization is picked for a large monetary gift in order to provide a tangible impact. The grant-making is professionally managed and advised by the Hawaii Community Foundation.

The original concept came from Island Sotheby’s on Maui, where Paul MacLaughlin originated the effort amongst his agents, and choosing "Hoʻokupu": a Hawaiian ceremonial presentation of gifts formerly offered as tribute.

Ua Pau... this previous Membership Meeting was held on Tuesday, Jun 20, 2017.

An Evening w/ Mike Atherton (& Board Election) (Ua Pau...)

A decade ago Mike "Coach" Atherton, MNHCoC member and our generous host at the Maui Tropical Plantation, moved to Maui. Since then, Mike has been working with the community on his dream for a “complete and entire community.” Last Tuesday evening, "Coach" charmed us with a detailed reveal of his "Agri-hood" vision: Waikapū County Town. The plan is an ever-evolving vision, largely based on previous lessons learned and enormous feedback and participation by the community.  Mike emphasized that the only way to get anything done on Maui is to talk to the community first. Just a few features included in the plan is a Waiale Road extension, significant affordable housing, senior housing, retail, work-live units, community gardens, a new elementary school, a Hawaiian Language Immersion School, open space and significant agriculture activities from cattle to various partners such as Kumu Farms and Pacific Biodiesel with their sunflowers. Utilities self-sufficiency is also part of the story with water rights and itʻs own well (with a dual water distribution system), and power coming from a combination PV Solar farm, Windmills and Hydro recapture. A natural wastewater recycle recharge is in the design as well. The location is a natural expansion direction for Kahului and Wailuku. By the end of the evening, Mike proved to be, not only the charming host that he always is but also a leader with a comprehensive and well-thought out vision to bring Waikapū Town back into prominence in a sustainable way that we can all be proud of and embrace with a sense of place. 

Also: General Meeting Member Business...  member voting of new MNHCoC Board Members at Large was conducted at this general meeting.  Six board positions were open and seven nominees were introduced onto the ballot.  Mahalo nui loa to the departing board members who have decided not to return for their service and manaʻo: Mahina Martin, Dr. Lui Hokoana, Judge Boyd Mossman.  Hoʻomaiʻkaʻi ʻana (Congratulations) to elected (and in some cases, re-elected) board members: Ryan MacLaughhlin, Mercer "Chubby" Vincens, Paul Mancini, Frank DeRego, Kaimana Brummel, and Kaleo Padilla.

Hawaiian Cuisine Dinner Buffet by Daniʻs Catering was superb.  Lots to eat and delicious.  
View original event Press Release...   Board election press release still to come. 

Ua Pau... this previous Membership Meeting was held on Tuesday, Apr. 11, 2017.

Mahalo Valerie Monson for sharing your manaʻo on Kalaupapa

Ka ‘Ohana O Kalaupapa, an ohana of Kalaupapa patients,  their family members and friends, is dedicated to promoting the value and dignity of every individual exiled to Kalaupapa, Molokai since 1866. This organization serves as a resource to help shape the community’s future, assist with the interpretation of history, educate the public and make certain that the legacy of Kalaupapa will remain a living inspiration and testament for generations to come.

When:  Tuesday, Apr. 11, 2017
 Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapū.
Speaker: Valerie Monson,
award-winning journalist who has been interviewing and writing about the people of Kalaupapa, Molokai since 1989 and has published more than 150 articles.

Catered Dinner Buffet: Kalei’s Lunch Box 

Ua Pau...
This was popular and well attended event, Valerie used a video and slides to bring alive not just the history but individual faces and stories of some of the people sent to Kalaupapa.  She shared the extensive preservation efforts that Ka ‘Ohana O Kalaupapa is in the midst of conducting; documenting and digitizing the history.  As a new resource, they have already helped over 700 families reconnect with their ancestors and learn their stories. She also informed us of the efforts and fundraising for the Kalaupapa Memorial, sharing a conceptual drawing and the significance of the design. 

Check out the pictures from the Annual Meeting Dinner in June 2016!

Photos from prior General Meetings

Ua Pau... this previous Talk Story social event was held on Tuesday, Jan 9, 2018.

James JC “Jimmy” Haynes

When:    Tuesday, January 09, 2018 beginning at 5:30 p.m.  (Ua pau...)
Where:   Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapū (Tram Station)
Feature: “Jimmy” Haynes, founder and retired president of Hawaii Petroleum

Jimmy Haynes is a former president of the MHNCoC and will shared his wonderful story. He is also the 1997 recipient of the Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce O'o Award for Hawaiian Businessman of the Year. This was a unique opportunity to interact with Jimmy in our intimate networking event ...and for many members, reconnect with this leader.  

Jimmy shared his tale with where he's from, those times when being Hawaiian was not considered special, his parents and going to Punahou. Businesswise, he started his career with Union Oil, who sent him to Maui. When he was supposed to 'rotate' out of Maui, he resigned and eventually started his franchise as Maui Petroleum which lead to Hawaii Petroleum, the Minit Stop chain and several other successful enterprises.  Interestingly his real passion has been Archeology which he now has been able to pursue. He shared his mana‘o of 10 things to follow in life...  which ranged from "Deals must be a Win-Win or there's no deal" to "Community giving is a must; to give back" to "Have fun in all your endeavors -you need to enjoy the game."  What a wonderful evening. Mahalo Jimmy for sharing and being an inspiring role model.

See Press Releases on this upcoming event:  MNHCoC News...    and    Maui Now...

Pūpū, no-host cocktails and networking will begin at 5:30 pm at the Maui Tropical Planation in Waikapū (Tram Station)

Ua Pau... this previous Social Event was held on Tuesday, September 12, 2017.

September Talk Story/Social  (Ua Pau...)
a unique, special evening of wine and music... 

When: September 12, 2017, Tues, 5:30 pm
Where: Leis Family Class Act Restaurant  
2nd level Paʻina Bldg on UHMC Campus at 310 W Kaahumanu Ave, Kahului, HI   96732 
Amy Hānaialiʻi Gilliom  

Talk Story: Singer-Songwriter, Amy Hānaialiʻi Gilliom, Hawaiʻi’s top-selling female vocalist of all time will be our host, entertaining us and introducing us to Hānaialiʻi Fine Wines for Bottle signing and tasting. MNHCoC provided pupus, water and soft drinks.

Maui's own Amy Hānaialiʻi Gilliom provided an amazing evening of entertaining storytelling, music and wine. She provided an intimate look at her roots, her Hawaiian legacy and the influences and experiences that shaped who she is today. She shared the various twists and turns of her life. Amy closed with a "teaser" to watch for exciting things to come with her upcoming showroom production: "The Hawaiian Room" at a yet to be disclosed location. Guests will be treated to a unique mix of a tribute to the 1939 New York "Hawaiian Room" brought to you by cutting edge technology... wow!

And what would an appearance of Amy be without a musical performance? Amy closed with a performance of one of her favorite compositions, "Kaulana Waialua A'o Molokai".

Basic details of this event can be found in the past September Press Release.  

Ua Pau... this previous Social Event was held on Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

Open Mic and An Evening with Molonai Hola (Ua Pau...)

When:  Tuesday, May 16, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapū (Tram Station).
Guest:  Molonai Hola
Our special guest is a Polynesian businessman and will be sharing his accomplished experiences, perspectives, and visions. More Bio details are available here...

Pupus (with no host bar) by Pukalani Superette.

Ua Pau...
Last night was a wonderful and thoughtful evening with Molonai and his beautiful wife Lindsay. Molonai shared his vision of doing business with a sense of place and introduced a proposal to create an Impact Investing Fund with the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber Foundation which spurred a lot of comment and sharing of manaʻo.  The fund would support small businesses and programs within Maui County and communities served to enhance the quality of life and create a sense of place.  Unique to this effort is not only up-front funding and enabling of culturally sensitive projects but the sharing of both equity and a cashflow from any profits. The fund also intends to provide business education and management career opportunities for the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber and itʻs members. Several members shared their thoughts -both enthusiasm and cautions of things not to forget.  

Mahalo nui to Maui Tropical Plantation for being such a wonderful venue; to member Pukalani Superette for the ono pupus and delicious cake for desert; to members, the Blackburns, Maui Land Broker & Property Management Inc, for the use of their screen and projector; and to all the attendees and guests that shared stories.


Photos from prior Social MNHCoC Meetings