MAʻA: MAKAHIKI ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION TO PRESENT
AT MNHCOC GENERAL MEETING ON TUE APRIL 9

KAHULUI, HI – The Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce (MNHCOC) will welcome Renolds Ikaika Fruean & Kahanu Noa at the next General Meeting. The duo, who is on a mission to educate our keiki on the history of Makahiki, will be presenting their exciting program of cultural preservation of the Makahiki games.

No-host cocktails and networking will begin at 5:30 pm
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Maui Tropical Plantation
(Tram Station) in Waikapū.
$25 Member / $30 Non-Member

For more information and to purchase admission, visit www.mnhcoc.org or phone (808) 281-6438.

Founded as Makahiki Athletic Association, popularly called MAʻA, (which in ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi means, “to be second nature,”) seeks to preserve and perpetuate Hawaiian cultural practices and to reverse negative health effects through cultural sports. MAʻA is a program of Unda Kava 808, Inc., a new 501(c)3 community organization. A sports-focused, intercultural, interscholastic organization, its programs connect diverse communities through cultural education-based athletic training and competitions in private and public schools. MAʻA has reached over 11,000+ individuals in the area of cultural sports over the last two years on Maui, with participants and spectators receiving education on the history of Makahiki.

“A significant percentage of Native Hawaiians struggle with a lower socioeconomic status that manifests as lower educational achievement, higher rates of incarceration, poverty, and poor health. Their schools are often under-resourced as well,” shared Kahanu Noa. “We believe our mission to preserve and perpetuate our customary and traditional practices will help to level the playing field through strengthening bodies and minds.”

“When we grew up, we spent at least two hours a day playing outside. But today, kids spend that much time, and more, playing passive electronic games on mobile devices. MAʻA is working to uplift our youth mentally, physically, and emotionally by making opportunities for kids to experience cultural sports and friendly competition.” said Teri Freitas Gorman, MNHCOC president. “We especially encourage educators and parents to join us to hear from MAʻAs founders and how they converted their passion into community action.”

The mission of the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce 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. Membership is open to anyone who believes business should be guided by traditional Hawaiian values that balance commerce, community, culture and the environment.

For more information visit www.mnhcoc.org

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