Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce to feature
Guest Speaker Kimokeo Kapahulehua
at February Membership Dinner
KAHULUI, HI – Native Hawaiian cultural practitioner Kimokeo Kapahulehua will explain his vision for the Kimokeo Foundation at the next Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce membership dinner at 5:30 pm, Wednesday, February 15 at Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu. The new Kimokeo Foundation just launched in December. Its mission is to “preserve and perpetuate the Native Hawaiian culture, its traditions, practices and language and Maui’s environment through educational programs that benefit the people of Maui.”
“Kimokeo is one of our chamber’s cultural advisors,” said MHNCoC President Teri Freitas Gorman. “So we are thrilled he will speak to our members about his new foundation. It has the potential to greatly expand his cultural and environmental work on behalf of Maui’s people. We can’t wait to hear about his plans and projects.”
Kimokeo Kapahulehua is well-known throughout Maui as a kupuna with deep knowledge of the ʻʻāina, its people, and Native Hawaiian culture. As Maui community leader, he has worked tirelessly to inspire island youth to understand and perpetuate the Hawaiian language and cultural traditions. He is especially beloved within the canoe community for his devotion to canoe clubs and Hui o Waʻa Kaulua, the educational nonprofit that built Maui’s voyaging canoe, Moʻokiha o Piʻilani.
MNHCoC’s February membership dinner was moved to Wednesday to avoid conflicts with Valentines Day plans. A buffet dinner will be catered by Hoʻapili Ane. Members are asked to pay $25; non-members will be charged $30. Reservations must be paid in advance through PayPal at the website www.mnhcoc.org or pay by phone: (808) 757-3045. RSVP deadline is Monday, February 13.
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. We welcome Hawaiians and “Hawaiians at Heart” who believe that Native Hawaiian prosperity benefits everyone. For more information, visit www.mnhcoc.org