Tuesday, June 20th at Maui Tropical Plantation

KAHULUI, HI –  Mike Atherton, developer and co-owner of the Maui Tropical Plantation, will be sharing his vision and the plans for the proposed Waikapū Country Town as the featured speaker at the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce (MNHCoC) General Meeting, at 5:30 pm, Tuesday, June 20th at the Maui Tropical Plantation-Tram Station in Waikapū.

Mike, also known as “Coach” moved to Maui a decade ago and invested in the community with the purchase of 2000 acres which included the Maui Tropical Plantation. Since then, he’s been working with the county and the community to help bring his dream for a “complete and entire community” to Maui residents. The Waikapū Country Town is planned to include 1,000 single-family and 433 multi-family units, but when completely finished will encompass offices, shops, parks, a school and about 1,000 acres of agricultural land. Development and plans of this project calls for it to be built in two five-year phases through 2026. “Waikapū used to be a town,” Atherton said. “We’re giving residents a chance to get their identity back.”

“Mike Atherton has been a long standing and generous supporter of the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce” said Teri Freitas Gorman, president of the MNHCoC. “Growth is inevitable, but responsible growth is imperative. Itʻs important for our members to hear Mike’s vision for Waikapū Country Town and what it will mean for island-born people who so badly need a community where working families can afford to live. We encourage everyone to come, listen, and question.”

For MNHCoC Members: The June 20 dinner is also the Annual Meeting and election of board members. Voting and installation of new MNHCoC Board Members at Large will be conducted. Please attend and participate in the makeup of your Board of Directors.

A Hawaiian Dinner will be provided by Dani’s Catering with no-host cocktails and networking to begin at 5:30 PM. Cost is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. RSVP and pay in advance online at www.mnhcoc.org or call Shirley Blackburn at (808) 757-3045 to pay by phone. Deadline for RSVPs is Sunday, June 18.


About the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce (MNHCoC) —  MNHCoC’s mission is “to promote and sustain Hawaiian values and culture, and enhance the socio-economic status of Native Hawaiians in business and as individuals.” Membership is open to anyone with an interest in perpetuating the spirit of Aloha through commerce, culture and community education. For more information, see www.mnhcoc.org.


Contact: Cory Vincens or 808.633.6962