Honored for Service to Native Hawaiian Community
(Maui Now's news article

KAHULUI, HI – Doreen “Pua” Canto, president of the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce (MNHCoC) and one if its former presidents, Mercer “Chubby” Vicens joined Molokaʻi resident Edwina Cacoulidis as recipients of the this year’s Kupamakaʻāinana Awards. The Central Maui Hawaiian Civic Club presented the award during a luʻau at the Hannaibal Tavares Center in Pukalani on Saturday, March 19.

Born and raised on Maui, Pua Canto has devoted much of her life to community service. In addition to her leadership of MNHCoC, she is also president of the Kula Community Association. She recently accepted a nomination to service on the Special Committee on Maui County Governance plus she is a member of the Maui County Commission on Fire and Ocean Safety. In 2014, then governor Neil Abercrombie appointed her to the Commission on Hawaiian Homelands, a position she still holds.

Chubby Vicens was born in Honolulu and educated at St. Louis High School and Purdue University. He has served as president for Maui Economic Opportunity, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and he has served on the boards of the Paia Main Street Association, Rotary Club, and the Maui Chamber of Commerce. He is also a founding member of the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce. In 1997 the Maui Chamber of Commerce named Chubby “Humanitarian of the Year” for his volunteer service to the Maui Community.

Edwina Calcoudis was also born on Oʻahu as the youngest of ten children of Eddie Howard and Annie Apo Holt. She currently serves as president of the Hoʻolehua Hawaiian Civic Club on Molokaʻi. She is also a member and recording secretary of the Ahahui Kaʻahumanu Chapter VIII. She remains active with her HGEA Retirees Unity and with the Alu Like Kupuna program. She is also a member of the Kaluaʻahu Congregational Church on the eastern end of Molokaʻi.

According to Central Maui Hawaiian Civic Club president Lui L. Hokoana, Ed. D, the word kupamakaʻāinana means citizen. The award commemorates the work of the Citizen Prince, Johah Kūhiō Kalanianalaʻole who served his people so selflessly following the annexation of Hawaiʻi to the United States. Elected to Hawaii’s delegation to the U.S. Congress in 1902, Prince Kūhiō spearheaded the Hawaiian Homelands Commission Act and was a prime mover in the effort to establish county governments

A crowd of nearly 200 celebrated the accomplishments of all three honorees with song, chant, hula, a silent auction and dancing to the sounds of Asian Blend. Alexander &Baldwin, Native Hawaiian Education Association, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and Kamehameha Schools sponsored the event. All proceeds will help to fund Native Hawaiian scholarships.


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