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           11th Hui Holomua Business Fest - 2017

                         Ka ʻIkena ʻŌiwi

                                                 Native Knowledge/Wisdom
                          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.
                                          ! New Venue for 2017 !
                                Reserve Your Spots Online Now!   

        Business Fest -- Wednesday, October 11, 2017  

                              at King Kamehameha Golf Club in Waikapū

                      Speaker List has been announced, Press Release dated 6/25/2017:
                US Senator Brian Schatz, Hawaii State Senator Brickwood Galuteria,
       Native Alaskan Speaker, Camille Ferguson, Native American Speaker, Ben Sherman and
                              Native Hawaiian Speaker, Ramsay Mahealani Taum.

      Need more info?  Day's Agenda, Speakers list and more: Business Fest 2017 Details .

        Exhibit Table Applications are now being accepted...  only limited spots available 
                    Exhibit ApplicationView Application  Exhibit Table Application Form -or-  Download Form...
    Email Completed Application to Kai Duponte at:  

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 

New Board Members Installation Event...
New Board member Ryan MacLaughlin was the guest speaker, making us aware of the inspiring philanthropy by the Hawaii Affiliates of Sotheby’s International Realty (HASIR) Charitable Fund, the Hoʻokupu Fund.

Included Dinner Buffet (with no host bar) provided by Daniʻs Catering .

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
 SAVE THE DATE... Sept 12     Sorry...there was NO Social/Talk Story for July 2017...

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

When:      September 12, 2017, beginning at 5:30 pm
Where:     Grand Wailea Resort 

Talk Story/Open Mic: September Talk Story will be hosted by a very Special Guest (still to be announced) in a special venue... More details coming soon.

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