Contact: Teri Freitas Gorman

Members to Elect New Board Members After Presentation

KAHULUI, HI – Frank R. De Rego Jr., Director of Business Development Projects for Maui Economic Development Board is the featured speaker at Annual Meeting of the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce to be held at 5:30 PM, Thursday, June 18 at Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu.  Following Mr. De Rego’s presentation, members will elect new members to the Board of Directors.  

Frank De Rego has over 30 years of experience in education and the non-profit sector. Prior to joining MEDB, he developed curriculum, trained and coordinated graduate engineering teaching assistants, and, he served as national coordinator at Purdue University for a program called Engineering Projects in Community Service. Frank earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of San Francisco with a double major in Philosophy and Religious Studies; a Master’s Degree in Religious Studies from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Leuven, Belgium; and a Master’s of Science Degree in Sociology from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. He is Vice President and Secretary of a new, small non-profit called Lawelawe I Maui Nui. The organization benefits Native Hawaiians in Maui Nui by seeking to merge Native Hawaiians’ important cultural past with western education.

“Frank De Rego is a very active member of our chamber,” said MNHCoC President Doreen Pua Canto.  “We deeply appreciate his enthusiasm and invaluable perspective that comes from a lifelong understanding of local culture and national and international education and experience. He truly brings the best of all worlds to the Maui business community.” 

MNHCoC members will also elect its slate of officers and two new board members for the new fiscal year beginning in July. One of the organization’s founders, retired Judge Boyd Mossman, has been nominated to return to the board following his three-year term as president of the Kona Hawaii Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Also seeking election to the board is UH Maui College Chancellor Lui Hokoana.

Prepaid admission for the Annual Meeting Dinner is $20 for members or $25 for non-members who pay online in advance through PayPal on www.mnhcoc.org.  Price for those who pay at the door is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. No-host bar opens at 5:30 pm for informal networking. For reservations visit www.mnhcoc.org or call 808-633-3079 by Sunday, June 14.

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 Hawaiians and Hawaiians at Heart to share in their mission.