07-Sep-2017

Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce Announces

Amy Hānaialiʻi is Featured Speaker at MNHCoC’s September 12 Networker

Award-Winning International Songstress to Speak at UH Maui College


Amy HanaialiiKAHULUI, MAUI, HI –  Hawaiʻi's top selling female vocalist of all time, Amy Hānaialiʻi, is the featured speaker at the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce September Talk Story networker at 5:30 PM, Tuesday, September 12 at UH Maui College in the Leis Family Class Act Restaurant. Amy will speak about her career progression from high school performing arts phenomenon to multi-award winning international entertainer, Hawaiian cultural ambassador and entrepreneur.


“Amy Hānaiali'i embodies the guiding values of the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce,” said MNHCoC president Teri Freitas Gorman. “She has succeeded artistically, commercially and culturally while keeping Lāhui Hawaiʻi and ‘ōhana as her guiding stars. Our members will benefit from hearing about her setbacks and triumphs along the way.

Amy Hānaiali'i's role as a powerful force for Hawaiian culture stems from composing in the Hawaiian language and sharing it with the world through her unique blend of fresh, diverse musical stylings. She has successfully combined cultural responsibility, natural talent and business acumen to earn the admiration of musicians and countless fans throughout Hawaiʻi and overseas.


Her success as a recording artist is evidenced by a multitude of awards and acknowledgements including 5 GRAMMY® nominations for Best Hawaiian Music Album. Her albums have also garnered 18 Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards – Hawai’i's equivalent to the GRAMMY® awards. Her albums consistently place her at the top of the World Album Billboard charts.


Amy has played for sold out audiences in Europe, Japan, China, all across America and French Polynesia. Her Friends and Family album showcased a stunning duet with country music legend Willie Nelson and her upcoming release features a duet with Michael McDonald. She has opened concerts for renowned artists like Earth, Wind and Fire, Carlos Santana, Boz Scaggs, Diana Krall, Joe Cocker and many others.


Born and raised on Maui, the Baldwin High School graduate earned her Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from United States International University- School of Performing and Visual Arts in San Diego. Afterward she spent time with her paternal grandmother, International Hawaiian superstar – Jennie Nāpua Woodd, one of the original Royal Hawaiian girls in Waikīkī and Amy’s most important career influence.


Amy Hānaiali'i is also an accomplished entrepreneur, having recently launched three vintages of award-winning wines under her company Hānaialiʻi Wines. Her 2015 Merlot earned a score of 94 and “Best in Class” from Wine Spectator while her 2015 Chardonnay racked up a score of 90. Her newest offering is a sparkling wine named “Tiny Bubbles.” In recognition of her success as a businesswoman, Pacific Business News selected Amy as one of their "40 under 40 Business Persons of the Year."


September’s Talk Story Networker will feature an assortment of pūpū and sampling of Hānaialiʻi wines. Price is $20 for MNHCoC members and $25 for non-members. To reserve your spot please visit www.mnhcoc.org or call 808-757-3045 by Sunday, September 10. Advance reservations are required, no walk-ins please.

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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. The Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce welcomes all Hawaiians and “Hawaiians at Heart” to share in their mission.  For more information, see www.mnhcoc.org.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE,  June 25, 2017

Contact: Teri Freitas Gorman or 808.298.5071