is the focus of next Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce Membership Dinner

It all happens Tuesday, February 13 at Seascape Restaurant at Maʻalaea Harbor Shops

GM Tapani VuoriKAHULUI, MAUI, HI –  Maui Ocean Center’s General Manager Tapani Vuori (pictured at left) and Exhibit Designer Chris Masterson, will make a presentation about their new Humpback Whale exhibit at the next Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce membership dinner, Tuesday, February 13 in the Seascape Restaurant at the Maʻalaea Harbor Shops.   No-host cocktails and networking will begin at 5:30 pm followed by a Pasta Buffet Dinner and presentation.  Cost is $40 for members and $45 for non-members. RSVP and pay in advance at www.mnhcoc.org or call Shirley Blackburn at (808) 757-3045 to pay by phone before Sunday, February 11.

Maui Ocean Center will introduce MNHCoC members to a new concept in aquariums by planning an exhibit that is much too large for a tank. Their newest experience will be a more concise tour of the annual migration of humpbacks to HawaiʻI that highlights their behavior at any given point of their journey, and concludes with an “immersive swim” with the Humpbacks off Maui (without ever getting wet).  Vuori and Masterson will also explain how their original corporate directive has evolved and improved through the local community sharing their cultural and scientific knowledge.

“Maui Ocean Center is successfully combining the latest scientific knowledge with timeless Hawaiian wisdom to create a new Humpback experience that appeals to all ages,” said MNHCoC president Teri Freitas Gorman. “Our chamber whole-heartedly supports this holistic approach to sharing authentic cultural awareness with our visitors, but more importantly, with our Maui youth. We know our members will be excited to hear about it.”.

Tapani Vuori is a Finland native who came to the United States after his military service to study business administration and political science. The UCLA graduate is a nature-lover who is passionate about environmental conservation. He loves the ocean, walks in the forest and reading. Chris Masterson recently joined the Maui Ocean Center team, bringing a contemporary approach to designing new kinds of visitor experiences with him.


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,  February 4, 2018

Contact: Teri Freitas Gorman or 808.298.5071