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Exploring the new federal NATIVE Act
and its potential for indigenous focused tourism,
and a real opportunity to spur our local economy and and
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.
Ua Pau, this event is over...
April 10, 2018 Meeting at Aria's Restaurant - Wailuku Town
The plans for Wailuku Civic Hub, a major redevelopment in the heart of Wailuku town.When: Tuesday, April 10, beginning at 5:30 pm
Where: Aria's Restaurant & Catering, 2062 W Vineyard St, Wailuku
Cost: Member: $25/person / Non-Member: $30/person
Panel:Next Generation Wailuku - Economic Revitalization and Cultural Sustainability Hand in Hand
- Erin Wade, Small Town and Redevelopment Planner for the County of Maui
- Ramsay R.M. Taum, Cultural Sustainability Planner with PBR Hawaii
- Frank De Rego Jr., Member, Maui Redevelopment Agency
Wailuku town’s heritage is its competitive advantage. The Wailuku Civic Hub team is striving to design the project based on local values and culture and inspire the next cycle of investment in Wailuku town to do the same. Hear how the planners and economists have been working to bring in an anchor tenant, sustain businesses through the construction, incentivize private property investment and attract new businesses. Learn about project-based cultural sustainability and how the team seeks to frame the Wailuku Civic Hub as a beacon to perpetuate Wailuku’s legacy. More details available in the Press Release.
Ua Pau... this event was held the evening of February 13, 2018 and is over.
MAUI OCEAN CENTER'S NEW HUMPBACK EXHIBITWhere: 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
Where: Maui Ocean Center -at Maʻalaea Harbor
MNHCoC year-end Christmas Celebration!
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 Membership Meeting was held on Tuesday, August 8, 2017.
August General Membership Meeting (New Board Members Installation) (Ua Pau...)
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.
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).
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...)
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.
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
Where: 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
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 event is over.
MARCH SOCIAL: OPEN MIC NIGHTWhen: Tuesday, March 13, beginning at 5:30 pm
Where: Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapū (Tram Station)
It was a cold and windy evening but the dedicated core group that still attended this social created a warm, bright spot at the Tram Station. Open Mic nights are always popular, where YOU and guests are the stars of the evening with the opportunity to relax, laugh, eat, drink and talk story. The theme for our 2018 Business Fest for this Fall (October), was revealed so stay tuned for more details soon.
Save the date: next General Meeting... where we'll hear and interact with the planning folks for the upcoming Wailuku Civic Hub, a significant revitalization of the town and community.
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.
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...
Where: Leis Family Class Act Restaurant
2nd level Paʻina Bldg on UHMC Campus Kahului
Host: 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!
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...
Photos from prior Social MNHCoC Meetings