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Chief Tivoli Faaumu is Featured Speaker at MNHCoC April Membership Dinner

New MPD Head to Speak at Maui Tropical Plantation 

KAHULUI, HI – The Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce has invited Maui’s new Chief of Police, Tivoli Faaumu to be the featured speaker at its April Membership Dinner. Slated for 5:30 PM, Tuesday, April 14 at Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu, the chief will share his vision for the Maui Police Department with MNHCoC members and their guests.

The Maui Police Commission selected Faaumu to lead MPD in September of last year and he has since worked diligently to establish open communication and engage with the community. His career with the Maui Police Department began at the receiving desk in 1985.  Upon graduating as a recruit, he was assigned to Lahaina as a patrol officer and later worked in the Vice Division. A series of promotions took him from sergeant to Lāna‘i District Commander in 2005.


He returned to Maui to serve as commander in the Communications section before his promotion to captain in 2011 serving as district commander for the Kīhei station. Chief Faaumu received his AA degree in Administrative Justice from UH Maui College, his BS in Business Management from Bellevue University in Nebraska, and his MA degree in Homeland Security from American Military University in West Virginia. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico. Born and raised in the Kingdom of Tonga, he came to Hawai‘i in 1978 as a student.


“We are quite honored to have Chief Faaumu come to speak with our members personally,” said MNHCoC President Doreen Pua Canto. “When we hear about tension between the police and some mainland communities, we feel especially fortunate to have someone like him leading the Maui Police Department. And we are especially proud to see a fellow Polynesian in such a key leadership role.”

Prepaid admission for the April Membership Dinner is $20 for members or $25 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 $25 for members and $30 for non-members. The fee includes a complete buffet dinner 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 Sunday, April 12.

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.



The Maui chapter of the American Payroll Association is offering a ½ day seminar on Wednesday  April 15, 2014 from 8:00am- 11:00am at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center entitled, “The Top Ten Things Payroll can do to Keep HR Out of Trouble.”


The presenter will be Lauraine Bifulco, Principal of Vantaggio HR, Ltd.


During this fast-paced session, you will learn how Payroll plays an integral role in assisting HR with labor law compliance and makes you aware of ways you can assist your company on avoiding liability.  


The fee of $25.00 includes a continental breakfast beginning at 8:00am with the session to follow at 8:30am. Registration and payments are due by Friday April, 4, 2014. Make check’s payable to the APA Hawaii Chapter and send to:


Outrigger Hotels Hawaii

2375 Kuhio Avenue

Honolulu, Hawaii   96815

Attention:  Jane Inouye


If you have any questions please call Jane Inouye at 808-921-6563. 


(Wailuku, HI, February 25, 2015) –Maui County Council Member Gladys Baisa and Mayor Alan Arakawa’s representative, Joseph Pontanilla, attended MEO Business Development Program’s graduation of twenty two (22) students from the Core Four Business Planning course on February 24, 2015. Council Member Baisa and Mr. Pontanilla spoke about their own entrepreneurial experiences and encouraged the students on starting their own businesses.


Also, the graduating students were able to receive advice and guidance from local commercial lenders. The bankers reviewed the students’ business plans and provided suggestions and guidance in launching a successful business.  The graduating students received a Certificate of Achievement and a congratulations dinner.


MEO BDC’s Core Four Business Planning is a 36-hour course on how to write a business plan while providing the information you need to know in order to start, operate and grow your business.


For those interested in learning more about the entrepreneurial training course you can call Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. at 249-2990.  Also, there are three opportunities to attend an introductory class to better understand the course outline.   One hour introductory classes will be held on Tuesday, March 3rd and Thursday, March 5th, from 6pm to 7pm at MEO’s Family Center, and also at the Maui County Business Resource Center (Maui Mall) on Wednesday, March 4th, from noon to 1pm.  The six-week series begins on Tuesday, March 10th and continues from 6pm to 9pm two days a week through April 21, 2015.  All sessions will be held at MEO's Family Center at 99 Mahalani Street in Wailuku.


Registration is required for the six-week series and can be done at the introductory classes or any weekday 8am to 4pm at MEO’s Family Center. Funding from the County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development helps to make the Core Four Business Planning Course possible.


KAHULUI, Maui January 9, 2014 – Read Lighting, Inc. recently announced the completion of a high-efficiency rooftop solar system, marking a significant step toward generating clean, renewable energy. The well-established lighting supply company contracted Ha‘ikū-based Rising Sun Solar to design and install the 103-kilowatt (kW) SunPower system that now powers its 12,000-square-foot showroom and warehouse in Kahului. The solar panels will also offset the cost of keeping a multitude of display lighting fixtures illuminated throughout the day. 


“Solar has been on our minds for a while—and we finally decided it was the right time,” said Read Lighting General Manager Erik Toler, who is no stranger to efficient lighting technology. “As a lighting supplier to local contractors, we’ve worked with Rising Sun Solar in the past; we are familiar with the quality of their work and the efficiency of their equipment.”


According to Rising Sun Solar co-owner Matias Bessaso, the system—which is comprised of 317 SunPower 327-watt panels with SunPower Fronius Inverters—represents the company’s increased focus on the commercial solar market. “We identified a large need in what we consider to be the commercial mid-market (systems ranging from 50 to 500kW). By doing so, we were able to earn many great projects like Read Lighting,” said Bessaso. “We know that Read Lighting could have chosen from a number of electrical contractors to build this project. We are very honored that such a reputable company has chosen us.”

The output from Read Lighting’s new system is expected to offset approximately 164,725kWh of electricity annually (enough to power 16 homes), while reducing energy costs by 97 percent. In addition to lowering the company’s monthly energy bills, the solar system will decrease greenhouse gas emissions by 456,280 tons of carbon dioxide each year, the equivalent of the amount captured by 88 acres of trees.


“I encourage other owners of commercial buildings on Maui to go solar, simply because it makes both economic and environmental sense,” said Jim Read, owner and founder of Read Lighting. “We should all take advantage of this opportunity—and quickly, before it disappears.”


About Read Lighting

Established in 1982, Read Lighting, Inc. is Maui’s first commercial and retail lighting supply company of its kind. The company’s mission is to be the preferred provider of commercial and residential lighting solutions, while delivering friendly customer service with unmatched lighting industry knowledge. Read Lighting is centrally located at 335 East Wakea Avenue in Kahului. To learn more, visit www.gotoreadlighting.com or call (808) 871-8995.

About Rising Sun Solar

Rising Sun Solar is an award-winning, Maui-based solar electric company dedicated to improving the health of the environment by bringing clean and affordable renewable energy technology to homes and businesses. To learn more, visit www.risingsunsolar.com or call (808) 575-2202.


A new type of program combines the support of a mastermind group with the experience and training of a college course, just for women.

Business mastermind groups are quickly gaining popularity with start-ups and entrepreneurs. The support and ability to leverage the resource and experience of fellow members is a big draw. The catch? Up until now, these groups have often been hosted and lead by men. In search of a warm, welcoming, and encouraging support group, Danielle Miller launched Women's Mastermind Maui in the summer of 2014.

Danielle is a marketing coach and Ed Venture Maui instructor. The goal of this eight week marketing training is to help women overcome the fears and frustration of marketing their business online. “You may begin Danielle’s workshop dreading SEO or being overwhelmed by it, fearing the complexities of Pinterest, Facebook, Google+, Twitter, blogging, et al, but immediately, Danielle makes it fun, interesting and user friendly." explains mastermind graduate MJ Harden of Hike Maui, Rappel Maui, author of Voices of Wisdom Hawaiian Elders Speak.

The third edition of the program kicks off Tuesday, January 6, 2015. Six new women will be accepted into the program. If you're a motivated women in business on Maui and looking to market your product or service online, visit womensmastermindmaui.com for more information.





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