• Mission and Objectives
  • Officers
  • Board Members
  • Committees


The Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce adopted the “Ko`i” as a symbol of commerce and work ethic.

Our mission as a Chamber is to promote and sustain our Hawaiian Culture, nurturing a strong community of Hawaiian Values and to enhance opportunities for success in business and education.

Objectives

  1. Improve the standing of Native Hawaiians in business by cooperation, coordination, and exchange of information.
  2. Offer members benefits, information, and the opportunity to serve others.
  3. Increase membership and involve them in the work of the chamber.
  4. Focus on the benefits available to Native Hawaiians from business, education, government, community, culture and housing.
  5. Provide leadership, counsel, and assistance in achieving these Objectives.

 

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President: Teri Freitas Gorman

A Maui native, Teri is a seasoned communications and community engagement professional with more than two decades of executive level experience in Hawai‘i and overseas. She was recently named Director of Community & Patient Relations for Maui Grown Therapies, a physician-led medical cannabis provider. She also teaches communication skills for the First Nations Futures Fellowship Program at Stanford University and is a regular guest lecturer for the Janklow Arts Leadership Graduate Program at Syracuse University. A graduate of UCLA, she served as Maui’s commissioner to the Hawai‛i State Foundation on Culture & the Arts from 2007 to 2012. The Ōmaʻopio resident is a partner in E Ola Pono, LLC and an active member of WINTA-World Indigenous Tourism Alliance.

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Vice President: Mahina Martin

Born and raised on Maui, Mahina serves as the Director of Government & Community Relations for Maui Electric Company. Her career spans nearly 30 years of community service that includes leadership roles in nonprofit organizations, county government and community-driven initiatives. She is also a former Department of Hawaiian Homes commissioner, representing Maui. Mahina has served on several boards of state and local organizations and organizes Maui Interscholastic League’s sport of high school outrigger paddling for Maui, Molokaʻi and Lāna‘i. Mahina is a Wailuku resident.

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Treasurer: Shirley Kaihua Blackburn

Co-owner of Maui Land Broker & Property Management, Inc., providing financial services and real estate management for six planned-community homeowner associations on Maui. Her career includes management experience in the hospitality, health and real estate sectors. Shirley is a strong advocate for the Maui Food Bank and Habitat for Humanity. A native of O‘ahu, she now lives in Wailuku.

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Board Secretary: Sharron Joseph

A Maui resident since 1969, Sharron has 25 years of work experience in various sectors. 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 the renowned Hālau Kealaokamaile. Sharron lives in Kula.

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Past President: Doreen Napua Canto

Born and raised on Maui, “Pua” is known throughout the island for her generous volunteer spirit. The Central Maui Hawaiian Civic Club recently honored her with a Kupamakaʻāinana Award for community service. She is president of the Kula Community Association and serves 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. She recently served on the Special Committee on County Governance. A graduate of Phoenix University, the Kula resident is currently employed by Pelekana Permits.


 

Board Members at Large

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Dr. Lui Hokoana, born and raised on Maui, Dr. Lui Hokoana serves as the chancellor and chief executive officer of UH Maui College. He began his career in higher with the University of Hawaiʻi where he has served in various capacities throughout the past 25+ years. Lui earned his doctorate of education degree from USC, a master’s degree in communications from UH Mānoa and bachelor’s degree in political science from UH Hilo. A Kula resident, he is also president of the Central Maui Hawaiian Civic Club

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Paul Mancini
, a Maui resident since the 1970ʻs, Paul is a partner in the Mancini, Welch & Geiger law firm. Paul has long been actively engaged in the Maui community and currently serves on the boards of Hawaii Public Radio and the Lahaina Restoration Foundation and the Maui Leadership Council of the Hawai`i Community Foundation. A former Peace Corps worker, Paul graduated magna cum laude from Boston College and received his law degree from Georgetown Law Center. He is a resident of Kula.

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Boyd Mossman

Founding president of the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce, retired 2nd Circuit Judge Boyd Mossman has had a stellar legal career that includes Deputy Attorney General for the State of HawaiʻI and Prosecuting Attorney for the County of Maui. He resigned as Vice Chairman for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to assume a three-year appointment as president of the Kona Hawaii Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Makawao resident is very active in community service. Born on Oʻahu, Judge Mossman is a graduate of the US Air Force Academy and the George Washington University School of Law.

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Kai Pelayo
Raised in Lahaina, Maui Kai currently serves as Community Affairs Manager for Monsanto Maui. He comes to that role with more than three decades of management experience in the hospitality industry. His most recent executive role was operations director for the Grand Wailea, a position he held for eleven years. He is a former MNHCoC president, having served from 2013 to 2016. Kai attended Transylvania University in Kentucky and successfully completed the Preferred Institute/Washington State Leadership Development Program. In 2011, the US Small Business Administration awarded Kai with Small Business Advocate of the Year Award for the County of Maui. He lives in Lahaina.

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Mercer “Chubby” Vicens
An Oʻahu native, Chubby is well-known as one of Maui’s most involved citizens. He is a charter member and former president of the MNHCoC, owner of Vicens Entitlement Group and a former VP of A&B Properties. He has served as president for Maui Economic Opportunity, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and he has been a board member of the Pā‘ia Main Street Association, Rotary Club and the Maui Chamber of Commerce. In 1997 the Chamber of Commerce named him “Humanitarian of the Year” for his volunteer service to the Maui community. Chubby also served as a member of the General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC), to advise development of the Maui Island Plan. Currently “semi-retired,” Chubby lives in Pāʻia.

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Cory Vicens is self-employed as a digital food and brand marketing consultant. Born and raised on Oʻahu and an alumnus of Punahou School, she returned to Hawaiʻi in 2013 after 35 years on the mainland to be closer to her family. Since her return, she has worked with the Living Pono Project, Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce, Secretary-Maui Memorial Medical Center Foundation Board, and the UH Maui College, Maui Food Innovation Center Advisory Group. The Pāʻia resident holds a degree in professional culinary arts from Le Cordon Bleu® Culinary Arts Institute in London, and extensive education in hotel and restaurant business management.

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Wayne Wong
is the Maui Center Director of the Hawaiʻi Small Business Development Center Network (SBDC), providing no-cost business counseling and training to small businesses. He has three decades of information technology experience including several executive positions during the “dot.com” era. He is also a four-time Grammy Award recipient as “Best Hawaiian Music Album” producer. His motivation for serving on the MNHCoC board is to acknowledge his Hawaiian heritage while helping to perpetuate and integrate the culture with western commerce constructs. Wayne has a BS from the University of Washington and an MBA from the University of Puget Sound. He lives in ʻIao Valley.

 

 

Executive Committee:
Chair, Teri Freitas Gorman

Members:
Pua Canto, Mahina Martin, Sharron Joseph, Shirley Blackburn, Kai Pelayo

Kuleana: Provide leadership, determine board meeting agendas, serve as decision-makers in between board meetings



Communications & Member Services Committee:
Chair, Mahina Martin

Members:
Members: Sharron Joseph, Wayne Wong, Lui Hokoana, Cory Vicens Ryan MacLaughlin, Kayla Al-Kaluau, Hoʻapili Ane

Kuleana: Serve our members by adding value to their membership; recruit new members; increase awareness of MNHCoC through high quality marketing and communications programs



Member Events Committee:
Chair, Pua Canto

Members:
Boyd Mossman, Shirley Blackburn, Kai DuPonte, Shelly Maddigan, Ron Vaught

Cultural Advisors: Kahu Lyons Naone, Kimokeo Kapahulehua


Kuleana: Program, organize and produce excellent member/community events including monthly dinners/socials and the Annual Holomua Business Fest



Resource Development Committee:
Chair, Kai Pelayo

Members:
Chubby Vicens, Randy Piltz, Paul Mancini, Paul Laub

Kuleana: Oversee financial performance and liaise with MNHCoC Foundation; build resources through grants, sponsorships, strategic partnerships, etc. and increase the chamber’s visibilty with civic and business leaders throughout Hawaiʻi.



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