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Members to Elect New Board Members After Presentation
KAHULUI, HI – Frank R. De Rego Jr., Director of Business Development Projects for Maui Economic Development Board is the featured speaker at Annual Meeting of the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce to be held at 5:30 PM, Tuesday, June 18 at Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu. Following Mr. De Rego’s presentation, members will elect new members to the Board of Directors.
Frank De Rego has over 30 years of experience in education and the non-profit sector. Prior to joining MEDB, he developed curriculum, trained and coordinated graduate engineering teaching assistants, and, he served as national coordinator at Purdue University for a program called Engineering Projects in Community Service. Frank earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of San Francisco with a double major in Philosophy and Religious Studies; a Master’s Degree in Religious Studies from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Leuven, Belgium; and a Master’s of Science Degree in Sociology from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. He is Vice President and Secretary of a new, small non-profit called Lawelawe I Maui Nui. The organization benefits Native Hawaiians in Maui Nui by seeking to merge Native Hawaiians’ important cultural past with western education.
“Frank De Rego is a very active member of our chamber,” said MNHCoC President Doreen Pua Canto. “We deeply appreciate his enthusiasm and invaluable perspective that comes from a lifelong understanding of local culture and national and international education and experience. He truly brings the best of all worlds to the Maui business community.”
MNHCoC members will also elect its slate of officers and two new board members for the new fiscal year beginning in July. One of the organization’s founders, retired Judge Boyd Mossman, has been nominated to return to the board following his three-year term as president of the Kona Hawaii Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Also seeking election to the board is UH Maui College Chancellor Lui Hokoana.
Prepaid admission for the Annual Meeting Dinner is $20 for members or $25 for non-members who pay online in advance through PayPal on www.mnhcoc.org. Price for those who pay at the door is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. No-host bar opens at 5:30 pm for informal networking. For reservations visit www.mnhcoc.org or call 808-633-3079 by Sunday, June 14.
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. The Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce welcomes Hawaiians and Hawaiians at Heart to share in their mission.
WAILEA, Hawai‘i May 29, 2015 – The Josh Jerman Maui Nui Scholarship program recently awarded three Maui County high school graduates scholarships of $1,000 each. This year’s recipients are Sarah Jenkins from Moloka‘i High School, Marc Pader from Lana‘i High School and Ja‘ie Victorine-Dyment from Hāna High and Elementary School. In the fall, Jenkins will be attending Duke University, where she plans to study environmental engineering. Pader will be attending the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, with plans to major in architecture. Victorine-Dyment will be attending the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, where she will pursue a degree in psychology.
“This scholarship will help me go to college and learn the skills necessary to help Lana‘i’s economy,” said Pader. “I was really happy to find out that I’d been selected.”
Victorine-Dyment said the scholarship will help her achieve her academic goals. “Every penny counts and with this scholarship, I will be that much closer to obtaining my goal of going to college and getting a degree that can help me have a positive future,” she said. “This program is such a great opportunity and it has opened so many doors and possibilities—not only for me, but for my peers as well.”
Jenkins is also grateful to be one this year’s scholarship recipients. “It is always an honor to get any type of recognition for hard work and dedication in accomplishing my personal and academic goals; however, I believe getting a scholarship is an investment in me as a person,” she said. “I now have a tool to develop myself as a person and as a professional, which I can then use to come back home to Maui Nui and make a even greater impact within my community. This scholarship program has inspired students like myself to pursue an education by giving us financial aid. Josh [Jerman] is investing in the student leaders of the future who will affect change in their surrounding communities. For me personally, this scholarship is allowing me to have the choice between choosing the college of my dreams versus another college.”
Josh Jerman has been an award-winning, top-producing real estate broker on Maui since 2004. He is the founder of the Josh Jerman Maui Nui Scholarship and a benefactor of several local nonprofit organizations and charities. “Particularly impressive this year were the number of strong applications from Hāna, Moloka‘i and Lana‘i,” said Jerman. “Their teachers and counselors are doing a fantastic job encouraging students to apply for scholarships. The students are bright, consciousness and forward-thinking. We are fortunate to have young adults such as these with their eyes turned toward Maui Nui.”
Now in its eleventh consecutive year, the Josh Jerman Maui Nui Scholarship program provides scholarships to college-bound students who will attend a full-time program at an accredited four-year college or university. To date, the program has awarded more than $35,000 in scholarships to Maui, Moloka‘i and Lana‘i high school seniors who have displayed a passion for returning to Maui County after college to contribute to our community. For more information, visit www.joshjermanfoundation.org.
Photos above left to right: Sarah Jenkins Marc Pader Ja‘ie Victorine-Dyment
As part of their 25th Anniversary, the Friends of the Children’s Justice Center announced the launch of their Summer Volunteer Drive. The goal of the drive is to register 101 volunteers to assist in their efforts of preventing child abuse and neglect in Maui County.
Each year the Friends of the Children’s Justice Center participate in a number of community events and activities designed to prevent child abuse and neglect in Maui County. Paul Tonnessen expects the drive to add to their prevention efforts and increase the organization’s effectiveness throughout the year. “Without the countless community and business volunteers we would not be able to fulfill our vision of ‘Every child in Maui County free from abuse and neglect’.” he stated.
Signing up to volunteer is easy for any Maui resident or visitor. To sign up visit www.mauicjc.org and click on the “Summer Volunteer Drive” link at the top, left of the page. Descriptions for each volunteer opportunity are listed with an easy to use form to provide your information and make your selections. As the event of your choice approaches the Friends will reach out to you for your volunteering service.
The Friends of the Children's Justice Center of Maui (FCJC) is a private, non-profit corporation, founded in 1989 by a non-partisan group of community and business leaders concerned with the social welfare of children and families who have been traumatized by abuse and severe neglect. To find out more about the Friends or to make a financial donation, visit www.mauicjc.org.
Photo: Paul Tonnessen, Executive Director for the Friends of the Children's Justice Center
WAILEA, Maui May 18, 2015 – Bruce McDonald of Maui Real Estate Advisors, LLC will travel this week to Pudong, a district of Shanghai, China, where he will meet with potential partners and buyers interested in Hawai‘i’s real estate market. After visiting Pudong, he will travel to Hong Kong to further solidify and strengthen his ongoing vision.
Hawai‘i is destined to be a real estate hot spot for Chinese buyers, he said. The Chinese are currently the second-largest foreign investors in U.S. real estate after Canadians, but surprisingly, many are unfamiliar with the Hawaiian Islands, as well as free hold and fee simple ownership of real estate. “Chinese buyers who have experienced Hawai‘i find our lifestyle and financial security very appealing,” said McDonald. “An excelled Asian presence is imminent; our location here in the Pacific is a strategic and logical position… they have been skipping over us; it’s just a matter of time.”
With this in mind, McDonald is assisting Asian buyers looking to purchase residential and commercial properties throughout Hawai‘i. His company, ShangHawaii Realty LLC, was formed in 2012 and is registered with the State of Hawai‘i and the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA).
McDonald has recruited a competent team of experts for this venture, including Jessica Su, an international tax consultant with O‘ahu-based accounting firm Crowe Horwath International, and Jeffrey Lau, a Honolulu attorney with Ogawa, Lau, Nakamura & Jew Attorneys at Law, who specializes in cross-border legal issues. McDonald has also assembled a skilled team of Mandarin translators and interpreters.
“Bruce McDonald is at the forefront of bridging Hawai‘i real estate transactions with the Mainland Chinese,” said Lau. “His kind, respectful and personable demeanor will truly help Hawai‘i develop wonderful relationships with our friends in the People’s Republic of China.”