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.
- Improve the standing of Native Hawaiians in business by cooperation, coordination, and exchange of information.
- Offer members benefits, information, and the opportunity to serve others.
- Increase membership and involve them in the work of the chamber.
- Focus on the benefits available to Native Hawaiians from business, education, government, community, culture and housing.
- Provide leadership, counsel, and assistance in achieving these Objectives.
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.
With over 30 years of experience in education and the non-profit sector Frank is currently the Business Development Director of Projects at the Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB). Prior to joining MEDB, he developed curriculum, trained and coordinated graduate engineering teaching assistants, and, for a time, was national coordinator at Purdue University for a program called Engineering Projects in Community Service. Frank is a very active member of MNHCoC and brings enthusiasm and invaluable perspective that comes from a lifelong understanding of local culture and national and international education and experience. He truly brings the best of all worlds to the Maui business community.
Co-owner and Office Manager of Maui Land Broker & Property Management, Inc., providing financial services and real estate management for six Residential Community Associations and two Condo AOAO with over a thousand homeowners. Her career includes management experience in the hospitality, health and real estate sectors and distinguished awards such as multiple Maui Mayor’s Small Business Awards and inclusion in Pacific Business News’ List of Fastest Growing Small Business. While enjoying making friends and giving back to the local community, Shirley’s number one passion is God! “Five years ago a friend invited us to attend church with them since then both Joe and I have been so blessed. We have our health, our children, grandchildren, family, friends and our business.” A native of O‘ahu, she now lives in Wailuku.
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.
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.
Ryan MacLaughlin is a 3rd generation realtor, who has been selling Real Estate in Hawaii since 2003. As Vice President, he has consistently been within the Top 10 Sotheby’s agents on Maui and in the Top 100 Realtors island wide and contributes his success as a top agent on Maui, to the fact that he has been trained by the best –his family! Growing up on Maui, Ryan is a 5th generation kamaʻaina who extends from a mix of Hawaiian, Scottish and Irish ancestry. After graduating from Seabury Hall Ryan left Maui and set forth to Honolulu where he graduated with a B.A. in Travel Industry Management from the University of Hawaii. Ryan’s integrity prevails in the energy and tenacity he uses to get the job done in the best manner and with his client’s best interest in mind at all times. Ryan joined the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce because he is a young business owner trying to protect, nurture, and grow a successful company here on Maui. The chamber seemed like the perfect authority to find advice, education, and networking amongst other business owner peers on the island. It has been that and more.
A Maui resident since the 1970's, 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.
Kaleo Anthony Padilla is the General Manager of Padilla Designs, LLC of Maui Hawaii. A functional metal + art fabrication studio that was started by his father on Maui 33 years ago. Padilla Designs sculptors can be seen on residential + commercial properties throughout the Hawaiian Islands. An artist at heart, Kaleo attended Claremont McKenna College in California, where he received a degree in Economics + Engineering. With a degree complimenting his art background, he returned to Maui to take on the role of General Manager. Raised in Haiku, Maui, Kaleo naturally was drawn to MNHCC to provide inspiration, and support for the Hawaiian culture + community that he lives in. Kaleo currently resides in Waikapu with his three children, and wife Melissa.
Kai Pelayo was raised in Lahaina, Maui, and 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.
Father John "Hau'oli" Tomoso has re-joined our board. He is the new priest associate at Good Shepherd Church in Wailuku and the executive director of Tri-isle Resource Conservation and Development Council, Inc. Born and raised on Maui, Hau’oli earned a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1975. He earned his M.S.W. from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa in 1977. Awarded a Teaching and Research fellowship in Public Administration at the University of Wyoming at Laramie; Hau’oli won the John P. Ellbogen Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award for 1983. Since 1976, he has practiced as a Social Worker in various public, private and non-profit sector settings and methods. He was ordained to the Priesthood on July 31, 2016. He has been married to Susan D. Tomoso (nee Brabeck) since July 9, 1977, they are parents of two and grandparents to three.
Mercer "Chubby" Vicens is an O'ahu 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 Pā'ia.
Cory Vicens is self-employed as a digital food and brand marketing consultant. Born and raised on O'ahu and an alumnus of Punahou School, she returned to Hawai'i 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 Pā'ia 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.
Wayne Wong is the Maui Center Director of the Hawai'i 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 'Iao Valley.
Chair: Teri Freitas Gorman
Kuleana: Provide leadership, determine board meeting agendas, serve as decision-makers in between board meetings
Communications & Member Services Committee
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: 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
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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