2017: 11th Annual Hui Holomua Business Fest

The Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce (MNHCoC) celebrated its 11th Annual Hui Holomua Business Fest on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at a new venue, the King Kamehameha Golf Club in Waikapū.  This year’s conference theme explored the new federal Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience Act (NATIVE Act) and its potential to expand local tourism, spur economic growth and authentically educate visitors about Native culture and history:

Ka Ikena Oiwi

MNHCoC 2015 Hui Holomua Event
  • WHEN: Wed. Oct. 11, 2017 (Ua pau...)
  • WHERE: The King Kamehameha Golf Club in Waikapū
  • TIME: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • ADMISSION COST: Morning Sessions/Speakers are FREE
                                 Noon Luncheon+Keynote session  $75 MNHCoC Members / $85 Non-members 
                                 Limited Seating, RSVP now (see "RSVP LUNCHEON with KEYNOTE" section below) 
        -Names are being accepted for a Wait List, indicate "wait list request" and # of keynote seats in the comments...
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2017 Hui Holomua Program

Kā ʻIkena ʻŌiwi

Native Knowledge/Native Wisdom 

11th Annual Hui Holomua Business Fest Agenda

King Kamehameha Golf Club at Waikapū
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
 8:00 AM 
 Registration & Continental Breakfast
 8:45 AM
 Entrance of the Royal Order of Kamehameha &
 Presentation of Maile Lei

 9:00 AM
 Welcome by MNHCoC President
 9:10 AM
 Welcome by Maui County Mayor's Office
 9:20 AM
 Opening Speaker, State Senator Brickwood Galuteria
 10:45 AM
 Break/Visit Exhibits
 11:05 AM
 Native American Speaker Ben Sherman, Chairman WINTA
 11:45 AM
 Valerie Monson, Ka ʻOhana o Kalaupapa
 11:50 AM
 Networking Break/Visit Exhibits/Set for Lunch
 12:15 PM
 1:00 PM
 Keynote Speaker US Senator from Hawaii, Brian Schatz
 2:00 PM 
 Native Alaskan Speaker Camille Ferguson,
 Executive Director, AIANTA

 2:45 PM
 Native Hawaiian Speaker Ramsay Taum
 3:15 PM
 Closing Protocol 
 3:30 PM 
 Conference Cocktail Reception and Entertainment

Download this year’s MNHCoC 2017 Biz Fest Program HERE 

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...will be providing respective perspectives and insights exploring the new federal NATIVE Act (Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience Act) and its potential for indigenous focused tourism and a real opportunity to spur our local economy and share our history and culture with the rest of the world. [Download 2017 Biz Fest Speaker List]

    Keynote Speaker, United States Senator Brian Schatz is the senior senator from the great state of Hawaiʻi and co-sponsor of the Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience Act or the NATIVE Act. He has dedicated his career to public service as a strong advocate for Hawai‘i’s middle-class families, a clean energy economy, seniors, our veterans, and Native Hawaiians. He believes tourism is not only an important economic driver, it brings people from all over the world together to promote greater understanding of other cultures. He will speak about the intent behind the NATIVE Act and his hopes and aspirations for the Native Hawaiians it will benefit.  [ Press Release announcing Keynote Speaker dated 6/25/2017 ]
    Opening Speaker, Hawaiʻi State Senator Brickwood Galuteria serves as Vice Chair of the Committee on Hawaiian Affairs. He is a member of the Economic Development, Tourism, and Technology Committee and Government Operations Committee, as well as the Ways and Means Committee. He will set the tone for a day of inspirational talks by Native speakers who have successfully combined their culture with careers in tourism without sacrificing authenticity or their values. 
    Native Alaskan Speaker, Camille Ferguson is the Executive Director of the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA). She began her 26-year career in the visitor industry working for Sitka Tours before rising to become president of the Sitka Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB). She also created, organized, fundraised and managed the annual Alaska Heritage and Cultural Tourism Conference. She will speak about AIANTA as the first organization to request funding through the NATIVE Act and how Native Hawaiian organizations
can do the same. 
    Native American Speaker, Ben Sherman is Chairman of the World Indigenous Tourism Alliance (WINTA). He is a member of the Oglala Lakota (Sioux) Nation, from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, USA. Ben has been a national leader in the development of American Indian tourism in the United States. He is a popular speaker at international Indigenous Tourism Conferences. He will speak about the unique relationship between Natives and their lands and how they can enrich the visitor experience.
    Native Hawaiian Speaker, Ramsay Mahealani Taum is the founder and president of the Hawaiʻi based Life Enhancement Institute (LEI) of the Pacific LLC. He is the former Director of External Affairs and Community Partnerships at the School of Travel Industry Management (TIM) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. He will speak about his work in Hawaiʻi’s visitor industry where he integrates Native Hawaiian cultural values and principles into contemporary business models. He is a sought-after keynote speaker at international conferences on indigenous issues and a respected Hawaiian cultural practitioner. 
    Roundtable Facilitator Mark Nerenhausen is a professor at New Yorkʻs Syracuse University where leaders of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy invited him to become a member of the Networking Iroquois (a consortium of cultural centers representing the Six Tribes of the Haudenosaunee.) He is an advisor to the Ska-nonh Great Law of Peace Heritage Center and the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation & Museum. He is a preferred facilitator for national think tanks and roundtables on heritage/cultural tourism and visitor/community engagement. He is one of 20 national thought leaders who serve on the Americans for the Art Think Tank on cultural tourism. 

Download 2017 Biz Fest Speaker List,

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Kā ʻIkena ʻŌiwi

Native Knowledge/Native Wisdom 
Ua Lehulehu a Manomano o Ka ʻIkena o Ka Hawaiʻi   
“Great and Numerous is the Knowledge of the Hawaiian People”

This year’s conference theme, chosen by MNHCoC members, highlights the Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience or NATIVE Act. This bipartisan, legislation introduced by Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and John Thune (R-S.D.). was enacted last September (2016), to enhance and integrate Native Tourism, empower native communities and expand the nation’s unique cultural tourism opportunities. Indigenous tourism programs in New Zealand, Canada and Australia have helped to differentiate those destinations while providing a way for First Nations people to generate economic and community benefits. Native tourism has helped to perpetuate their language and traditional cultural practices as well.  Come join the conversation and build a better future for Maui and the whole State of Hawaii. 

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The morning sessions and speakers are open to the public. However the Luncheon with Keynote Speaker session with Senator Brian Schatz requires a reservation (RSVP) and payment. Number of tables/seats is limited and reservations are on a first come, first served basis hence early reservation is a must and ONLINE RSVP/payment guarantees a space immediately.

• MNHCoC Individual and Business Memberships – $75.00
• Non-members – $85.00
• Keynote Luncheon is SOLD OUT...
  -Names are being accepted for a Wait List, please comment "wait list request" and # of seats desired.

REGISTER & RSVP – Debit OR Credit card accepted (via Paypal)
        + ONLINE MNHCoC Members RSVP @$75  •  Non-MNHCoC Members RSVP @$85 
        + PHONE –  call Shirley Blackburn 808-757-3045 for questions and Wait List

        + DOWNLOAD this form, fill it out; then, mail with check enclosed

Download registration form from website, complete and mail with a check payable to "MNHCoC" to:

     Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce (MNHCoC)
     P.O. Box 350
     Kahului, HI 96733-0350

Image MNHCoC 2016 Hui Holomua Register and RSVP
Receive a complimentary bag and refreshment ticket for last session.

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2016 Hui Holomua Exhibitor

e kala mai i a'u -Sorry, the 2017 Exhibition area for organizations is FULL. Number of tables and space was limited and reservations were on a first come, first served basis...

• Exhibit space is provided at no charge to MNHCoC members and conference sponsors. Members must be current with their membership dues.  
• Non-Member fees begin at $350.00 per exhibit.

NOTE: this application covers only exhibit space/table. To attend the luncheon session, you need a separate RSVP/Payment per person for "RSVP LUNCHEON with KEYNOTE"  (see section above)

Exhibit Table Application Form (no longer avail...)
Exhibit Application View/Print Application   --or--  Exhibit Application Download Fillable Form...
    Email/Questions to Kai Duponte at: HuiHolomua17@MNHCoC.org  

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Mahalo nui loa all to our generous Sponsors who have kokua’d our Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce 2017 Hui Holomua Business Fest and for enabling participants to attend the full-day conference on scholarship.  Here's a very preliminary list of sponsors that are already participating:

  • Presenting Sponsor: County of Maui Office of Economic Development
  • Premier Sponsors: Auwahi Wind Energy, LLC, Alexander & Baldwin, Marriott Corporation, Pacific Pure Energy
  • Supporting Sponsors: First Hawaiian Bank, Goodfellow Bros., Inc., Hawaiian Airlines, Hope Construction, Matson, Maui Electric, Monsanto, Munekiyo & Hiraga, Skyline Eco Adventures
  • In-kind Sponsors: The King Kamehameha Golf Club, Maui Tropical Plantation, and A Big Wow.

This event is produced by volunteers for the benefit of the community.

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2016 Hui Holomua - Haumana

In the US, students talk about "finding a scholarship." You can help MNHCoC by providing a young-person in your community with the advantage they deserve to pursue a higher education. Your support will give any Haumãna the vision that “they can change their communities.”

Sponsor a Haumãna – $50 (via Paypal)


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"CHINESE AUCTION" to Benefit Ka ʻOhana o Kalaupapa

This year’s Biz Fest will feature a “Chinese Auction*” to raise funds for Ka ʻOhana o Kalaupapa’s capital campaign to build the Kalaupapa Memorial on Molokaʻi. When complete, the Memorial will list the names of the estimated 8,000 people who were isolated on the infamous Molokaʻi peninsula beginning in 1866 due to government policies regarding leprosy. It will not only serve as a permanent tribute to these individuals, but also as a kind of a gravestone for many of them buried in unmarked graves.

Please Kokua... Auction Donations Help Build the Kalaupapa Memorial
Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce is collecting new and lightly used items for this Chinese Auction fundraiser. Please donate auction items—new gift items or lightly used treasures are welcome! 

Call Shirley Blackburn at 808-757-3045 to arrange for drop off at her office at: 104 N. Market St, Wailuku, HI 96793.
For general information about the Chinese Auction call Pua Canto at 808-633-3079 (m).

* A Chinese auction is a combination of a raffle and an auction where each item has it's own "hat" from which one winner for that auction item is picked. This allows ticket buyers to buy as many tickets as they like and choose which item to focus on, with no limit to how many tickets or "chances to win" per each item.


To learn more about Ka ʻOhana o Kalaupapa or make a cash donation directly, visit http://www.kalaupapaohana.org and mention that you heard about this project through the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce.

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MNHCoC Volunteers, BOD

The all-volunteer Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce (MNHCoC) 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. MNHCoC welcomes Hawaiians and Hawaiians-at-heart to share in their mission.   Be part of our 'ohana!

You can choose one of the two membership levels: Business ($300.00) or Individual ($80.00)


Have a question or a comment?  We welcome your feedback. Reach out via Web contact form. Mahalo!

Contact Us...

Mailing Address:

Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce (MNHCoC)
P.O. Box 350
Kahului, HI 96733-0350


MNHCoC 2017 Hookupu

MNHCoC is on Facebook, Twitter (@mnhcoc), and Instagram. Like, follow, and share quotes and photos before, during and after the Hui Holomua Business Fest.

Hashtags you can use for 2017:
  • #HuiHolomua17
  • #mnhcocbizfest
  • #NativeHawaiian
  • #Maui
  • #HawaiianAtHeart
  • #haumana

Press Releases (PDF):