Theme for Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce

December General Membership Dinner 

KAHULUI, HI – Between July 6, 1898 and statehood on August 21,1959, Hawai‘i was an American Territory. The Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce (MNHCoC) will honor pre-statehood Hawai‘i at its December General Membership Dinner at 5:30 pm, Tuesday, December 9, 2014. “A Territorial Christmas” will be a 1950s island-style tribute to simpler times.

“Without revealing anyone’s age, we know several of our members have birth certificates that were issued in the Territory of Hawai’i,” said MNHCoC President Doreen Napua Canto. “We thought it would be fun to honor them with a nostalgic holiday event to remind them of shopping for gifts at Peggy’s & Johnny’s, Kress Dollar Store, or Von Hamm Young.”

In lieu of a formal speaker or presentation, the December membership dinner will feature networking and entertainment by the Hawaiian Serenaders: Richard Tom, and Mele Fong, kumu hula Alexa Vaught, a fashion show by Sarai Stricklin, “old school” hula performances, and a display/sale of nostalgic island collectibles from Maui’s territorial era.

A full dinner will be catered by Maui Tropical Plantation. Dress is aloha wear representative of the late 1950s.Cost is $20 for members paid in advance through PayPal at the website www.mnhcoc.org or, $25 at the door. Non-members will pay $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