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KAHULUI, HI –Mahina Martin, Director of Government and Community Relations for Maui Electric Company, is the featured speaker for the next Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce Membership Dinner at 5:30 pm on Thursday, August 13 at the Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapū. She will speak on “The Triple Bottom Line of Doing Business in Hawai‘i: Kuleana, Mālama and Aloha.” 

 

“It’s no secret that doing business in Hawai‘i is made even more complex with an expanded triple bottom line,” commented Martin. “Hawai‘i customers and communities expect to see businesses balance their financial needs with long standing values that reflect the culture and traditions of an island state with the most isolated population on earth. Businesses that embrace the triple bottom line of kuleana, mālama, and aloha, succeed at merging commerce with culture.”

 

Mahina Martin joined Maui Electric Company in 2013 after nearly thirty years of community and government relations work that included leadership roles in non-profit organizations, county government, and community-driven initiatives.

 

She previously served as community and communications director for the County of Maui and was named the 2007 Maui County Employee of the Year for her exemplary communications work during public safety emergencies affecting the communities of Maui, Moloka‘i and Lāna‘i.  She is also a former Department of Hawaiian Homes Commissioner, representing Maui.

Born and raised on Maui, her lifelong commitment to building community strength has led to extensive involvement on boards of state and local organizations and organizing Maui Interscholastic League’s sport of high school outrigger paddling for Maui, Moloka‘i and Lāna‘i.

 

Prepaid admission for the August Membership Dinner is $20 for members or $25 for non-members who pay in advance with PayPal on www.mnhcoc.org.  Members who pay at the door will be charged $25 and non-members will pay $30. The fee includes a complete buffet dinner catered by Hoapili Ane.  A no-host bar opens at 5:30 for informal networking.

To reserve your spot, please visit www.mnhcoc.org, or call 808.633.3079 by Tuesday, August 11.

 

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. For more information visit www.mnhcoc.org.

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How to create Bonsai treesWAILUKU, Hawaii - Feb. 18, 2016 - Maui Business News-- Maui, HI Bonsai Enthusiast and internet marketer Mark Givensel has launched a Bonsai website called  BonsaiMentor.com which is aimed at  people who want to learn about the art of Bonsai.  The website is made up of articles, videos and a Bonsai Blog that will teach a beginner the Basics of creating Bonsai trees.

Developer Mark Givensel, built  the website as a way of sharing his love for Bonsai.  "Creating and working with Bonsai trees has truly given me great satisfaction and is a hobby I hope to pass down to my kids.", he stated.  Mark wants his newly created website to help inspire a new generation of Bonsai enthusiast.

The art of Bonsai is Bonsai is a thousands year  old art from that originated in China and has now become an world-wide hobby thanks to the internet.  Bonsai trees are small, potted trees that are shaped and wired to replicate large trees seen in  nature.  Working with Bonsai trees can develop an appreciation for nature, patience, and discipline.

Mark Givensel lives in Maui, HI and has served on the Valley Isle Bonsai Club's Board of Directors and has given Bonsai presentations to groups and has also mentored students in the art of Bonsai.

 

To learn more about the art of Bonsai, visit BonsaiMentor.com.

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All-Female Executive Team to Lead the Board

 

Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of CommerceKAHULUI, HI –Members of the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce elected officers for the coming year and welcomed three new members to serve on the board of directors at their recent Annual Meeting.  Members elected an all-wahine (female) executive team comprised of president Doreen Pua Canto; vice president Teri Freitas Gorman; treasurer Shirley Blackburn; and secretary Sharron Joseph.  Members also welcomed new board members Lui Hokoana, Mahina Martin, and Boyd Mossman who join the current slate of board members at large including past president Kai Pelayo, Randy Piltz, Paul Mancini, Mercer “Chubby” Vicens, Ron Vaught, James JC “Jimmy” Haynes, and Paul Mancini.

 

NEW SLATE OF OFFICERS

President Doreen Pua Canto is no stranger to devoted community service. In addition to leading the MNHCoC, she is president of the Kula Community Association while serving the State of Hawai‘i as a Hawaiian Homes commissioner and the County of Maui as a commissioner for the Department of Fire and Public Safety. The Kula resident is a graduate of Phoenix University and is employed by Pelekana Permits.

 

Vice President Teri Freitas Gorman has been self-employed since 2009 providing communications and community relations counsel to clients statewide. She is also a managing member of E Ola Pono, LLC a Maui-based consulting company specializing in Hawaiian cultural training and education for the visitor industry. A graduate of UCLA, Teri resides in lower Kula.

 

Treasurer Shirley Blackburn is co-owner of Maui Land Broker & Property Management, Inc., provider of financial services, rental property management and real estate sales for six-planned community homeowners associations. She is a strong advocate for the Maui Food Bank and Habitat for Humanity. The O‘ahu native now lives in Wailuku.

 

Secretary Sharron Joseph has lived on Maui since 1969. Employed for 24 years, she currently serves as the Purchasing Assistant for Hale Makua Health Services in Wailuku. A gifted hula dancer, she also serves as vice president for the board of directors of Hālau Kealaokamaile.  Sharron is a Kula resident.

 

NEW BOARD MEMBERS AT LARGE

Dr. Lui Hokoana has served as the chancellor and chief executive officer of UH Maui College since December of 2014. A Maui native, he worked his way up through the UH system, directing various programs at UH Maui College before taking on greater responsibility on Oʻahu as vice chancellor for student affairs at the UH West Oʻahu campus. Lui earned a Doctorate of Education degree from the University of Southern California, a Master’s Degree in communications from UH Mānoa and a Bachelor’s Degree in political science from UH Hilo. He is a resident of Kula.

 

Mahina Martin is the director of government and community relations for Maui Electric Company in Kahului. She previously held a similar position with the County of Maui. Mahina is also the race director for Maui Interscholastic League Canoe Paddling. She lives in Wailuku.

 

Retired Judge Boyd Mossman recently returned to Maui from Hawai‘i Island after serving three years as Temple President of the Kona Hawai‘i Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He is a founding member of the MNHCoC board and served as President of the organization’s first board in 2005. Boyd received his Bachelor of Science degree from the US Air Force Academy and his Juris Doctorate from George Washington University School of Law. He lives in Makawao.

 

“We are honored that a retired judge, a college chancellor, and a corporate executive, each of Native Hawaiian ancestry, have joined our hard-working board,” said Doreen Pua Canto, MNHCoC board president. “This year our annual Business Fest will surprise and delight our members as well as the community at large and we are so fortunate to have this caliber of talent to draw upon.”

 

The newly installed board will gather next month for a strategic planning retreat hosted by Lumeria in Makawao and led by Leslie Mullens of Playbook Consulting Group. The all-volunteer Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce relies on community support to advance its mission,  “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. For more information visit www.mnhcoc.org

 

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Event at Maui Tropical Plantation

 
KAHULUI, HI –  The Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce will host its July Business Talk Story at 5:30 PM, on AlohaFriday, July 17th, at Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu.  MNHCoC members will be the featured speakers during the popular “Open Mic” program. Caterer Hoaplili Ane will present a summery pūpū buffet featuring pork sliders.
 
“Our Open Mic night is back by popular demand,” said MNHCoC President Doreen Pua Canto.  “We hear directly from our members about their latest business news and their community service work. Plus there usually are a few comedians in the crowd. It’s really a lot of fun. ”  Guests will also hear about plans for the 9th annual Holomua Business Fest on October 30
 

Prepaid admission is $15 for members or $20 for non-members who pay online in advance. Advance payment may be made through PayPal on www.mnhcoc.org.

Those who wish to pay at the door will be charged $20 for members and $25 for non-members. To reserve your spot please visit www.mnhcoc.org or call 808.633.3079 by Thursday, July 15.

 

ABOUT THE MAUI NATIVE HAWAIIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

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. For more information, www.mnhcoc.org

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Ms. Hawaii, Flecha Tovar has joined forces with the Friends of the Children's Justice Center to prevent child abuse in Maui county.  

 

Together we can broaden our efforts to bring awareness of the struggles of the children of abuse and neglect in our state. This collaboration shows the true character of Ms. Hawaii for making her focus on children who are sometimes forgotten or fall through the cracks.

 

A big MAHALO goes out to her for making a difference in the lives of our children in need. "The Friends are most appreciative to her for reaching out to us to help us fulfill our mission.", Executive Director Paul Tonnessen stated.

 

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 of the Children's Justice Center of Maui, visit their site at www.mauicjc.org.

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