Mr. Hola exemplifies the values of the Polynesian culture: on the field as an All-American athlete, excellence in the classroom starting as student body president at his Utah high school onto obtaining multiple business and finance degrees culminating with the Owner President Management (OPM) Executive Program degree from Harvard Business School in 2004. He has founded, owned, operated and led several innovative companies in the renewable energy field and now the hospitality industry. In December 2012, Molonai raised $32 million to build the Courtyard, Marriott in Lāiʻe, Hawaiʻi while developing a solar project for BYU-Hawaiʻi. The hotel opened in August 2015 and continues to receive rave reviews within the industry and from its guests.
“I have come to love Hawai’i! It truly has been an honor getting to know the board members of the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce and I am looking forward to sharing my vision for the hospitality industry, as well as meeting and hearing from members of the MNHCoC, Maui small businesses, and members of the Maui hospitality & visitor community at this month's ‘talking Story’ Q&A,” commented Mr. Hola.
“Having had the opportunity to meet with Molonai, I know everyone will find him both engaging and inspiring” said Teri Freitas Gorman, president of the MNHCoC. “A Tongan boy who graduated from Harvard Business School to become a successful executive is a story in itself, but his desire to help develop education and career opportunities for young islanders is the real story here.”
No-host Pūpū, no-host cocktails and networking will begin at 5:30 pm at the Maui Tropical Planation in Waikapū (Tram Station) Cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. RSVP and pay in advance online at www.mnhcoc.org or call Shirley Blackburn at (808) 757-3045 to pay by phone. Deadline for RSVPs is Monday, May 15.
About the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce (MNHCoC) — 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 education. For more information, see www.mnhcoc.org.