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Sarah Shim is Guest Speaker at
February General Membership Dinner

KAHULUI, HI – The Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce (MNHCoC) will welcome the year of the Red Fire Monkey at its General Membership Dinner to be held at 5:30 pm, Tuesday, February 9, 2016. Guest speaker Sarah Shim will speak about the customs and traditions associated with Chinese New Year and what to expect from a Monkey Year.

Sarah Shim serves on the Board of the Maui Chinese Club and the Kwock Hing Society and she is Chairwoman of the 17th Annual Maui Chinese New Years Festival to be held on February 13, 2016. She is retired from the County of Maui, Housing and Human Concerns, Senior Services Division. Ms Shim is a graduate of Chaminade College in Honolulu and Maunaʻolu College on Maui.

“We are honored and grateful that Sarah Shim will speak to our members about the importance of Chinese New Year traditions,” said MHNCoC President Doreen Napua Canto. “Even though we grow up with activities like the Lion Dance and holiday foods like gau, many of us would like to better appreciate the meaning behind these things.”

The Chinese were the first immigrant workers to arrive in Hawaiʻi. In 1852, 175 contract workers from Hong Kong settled on Maui to work in the sugar plantations. They quickly intermarried with Native Hawaiians and the two cultures have been closely linked ever since. Today, people with Chinese ancestry in Hawaiʻi constitute about one third of the state’s population.

Hoʻapili Ane will cater a full Chinese dinner to honor the arrival of the Year of the Monkey. MNHCoC board members will serve on the buffet line to wish members and guests a year of health, wealth, success and happiness.  MNHCoC will also give away New Year novelty door prizes.


In addition to networking, the event includes a buffet dinner. Cost is $20 for members paid in advance through PayPal at the website www.mnhcoc.org or, $25 at the door. Non-members will be charged $30 at the door. To make reservations, visit www.mnhcoc.org or call 808.874-2426.

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.

Contact: Teri Freitas Gorman