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Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce to Highlight Political Candidates at Event in October


Left to Right: MNHCoC Past Pres. Kai Pelayo, Pres. Doreen Pua Canto and former Pres. Chubby VicensKAHULUI, HI – The Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce will hold its 8th Annual Business Fest on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at the Grand Wailea in South Maui.  The conference will begin at sunrise with the arrival of canoes on Wailea Beach followed by opening protocol. Scheduled just one month prior to November’s General Election, this year’s Business Fest will highlight candidates seeking County, State and Federal offices and guest speakers to be announced soon. MNHCoCs past president Kai Pelayo will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the day.


“Our chamber is non-partisan so we offer an impartial forum in which all candidates can share their message,“ said MNHCoC president Doreen “Pua” Canto. “Our members understand the need for a well-informed electorate so we expect this Business Fest to be very well-attended.”  In keeping with the MNHCoC’s aim to balance business with Hawaiian culture, the 8th Annual Business Fest will be dedicated to Maui’s new voyaging canoe, Mo‘okiha o Pi‘ilani.


Registration fee for this year’s Business Fest is $50 for MNHCoC members and $75 for non-members. As part of the MNHCoC’s commitment to the next generation of business leaders, students from the Maui Junior Achievement Program and Kamehameha Schools Maui will receive scholarships to attend and participate. Businesses and individuals have an opportunity to “sponsor a haumāna” for $50 when registering online at http://www.mnhcoc.org.


A&B and Matson, Inc. are the presenting sponsors of the 8th Annual Business Fest. Supporting sponsors include Auwahi Wind Energy/Sempra, Bank of Hawaii, A Big Wow, Dowling Company, Inc., First Hawaiian Bank, Frampton & Ward, LLC, Goodfellow/Pacific Rim Land, Inc., Landtec Inc., Makena Beach & Golf Resort, Mākena Discovery Land, Maui Tropical Plantation, and Munekiyo & Hiraga.  Event sponsors may showcase their goods and services in the Business Fest Exhibition Area. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please phone Doreen “Pua” Canto at 808.633.3079 or send email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce created the Annual Business Fest in 2006 as a forum for combining Hawaiian culture, values, and business education to make Maui a better place for all. 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.  To learn more, please visit www.mnhcoc.org.


Photo above left to right: MNHCoC Past Pres. Kai Pelayo, Pres. Doreen Pua Canto and former Pres. Chubby Vicens


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