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Ninth Annual Hui Holomua Business Fest Slated for October 30 


KAHULUI, HI – The Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce today announced that it has received grant funding from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs in support of the Ninth Annual Hui Holomua Business Fest scheduled for Friday, October 30, 2015 at the Grand Wailea. The full-day conference theme this year is “Pono—Social and Environmental Values in Business”


Chipper Wichman, President & CEO of the National Tropical Botanical Garden has been selected as the opening speaker. He will talk about the selection of Hawai‘i as host of the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress. Mr. Wichman will discuss this unique engagement and the business and funding opportunities available to Hawai‘i businesses when the world’s largest conservation event comes to the islands.


Lunch Keynote Speaker, ‘Aulani Wilhelm is a 2014 Stanford Social Innovation Fellow, Founder of Island Water, and Director of Ocean Initiatives for NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries.  Ms. Wilhelm will speak to conferees about how to incorporate stakeholder needs and perspectives to develop better products and services that are both profitable and pono. 


Ramsay Taum, founder and CEO of the Life Enhancement Institute will close the conference with a presentation on creating and maintaining a balanced life to achieve greater health, happiness, and prosperity at home, work and play. Other speakers and presentations will be announced at a later date.


The Office of Hawaiian Affairs’ Ahahui Grant helps to fund the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce’s commitment to mentor youth into business through the Hui Holomua Business Fest. Each year the chamber provides full scholarships for numerous high school students to participate in conference.


“The Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce thanks the Office of Hawaiian Affairs for its support,” said MNHCoC president Doreen Pua Canto. “The ‘Ahahui Grant will help our Chamber to provide significant benefits to Native Hawaiians who are business leaders, aspiring entrepreneurs or students seeking to pursue higher education in business.”


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, visit www.mnhcoc.org.

About the Office of Hawaiian Affairs


The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) is a unique, independent state agency established through the Hawai'i State Constitution and statutes to advocate for the betterment of conditions of all Native Hawaiians, with a Board of Trustees elected by the voters of Hawai'i. OHA is guided by a vision and mission to ensure the perpetuation of the culture, to protect the entitlements of Native Hawaiians, and to build a strong and healthy Hawaiian people and nation.  For more information, visit www.oha.org.


Photo: Lunch Keynote Speaker, ‘Aulani Wilhelm


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