November 11th Pūpū Reception at Maui Tropical Plantation

KAHULUI, HI – Representatives from the Maui chapters of the Royal Order of Kamehameha, ‘Ahahui Ka‘ahumanu and Hale o Na Ali‘i will speak at the next social gathering of the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce slated for 5:30 pm on Tuesday, November 11 at the Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapū.

Royal Society representatives will speak about the history and purpose of their organizations and their role in modern Hawai‘i. Kahu Lyons Naone, a member of the Royal Order of Kamehameha, will also speak on the reasons for distinctive cultural protocol in relation to the Royal Societies. Guests will also have an opportunity to ask questions.

“We are humbled that members of Maui’s Royal Societies will be joining us for our November social,” said MNHCoC president Doreen “Napua” Canto. “Many of our members recognize the Royal Societies by their formal regalia at significant events, but they wanted to know more about them. At the request of our members, we invited representatives from each of the Maui Chapters to educate our membership about their important role in perpetuating our Hawaiian culture.”

Ancient traditions dictate that knowledge of much of what the Royal Societies do should remain kapu or hidden.  However, it is commonly understood that the ali‘i or ruling chiefs established these societies long ago to perpetuate the cultural traditions and practices of kānaka maoli (Native Hawaiians). Members of all of the Royal Societies are of Native Hawaiian ancestry and display good moral character. They also enjoy mutual fellowship and pursue charitable and benevolent work.

Monthly social events presented by the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce feature networking and a no-host bar. The November event will include heavy pūpū by Mala'ai Poi and will include: BBQ Chicken, Smoke Meat Stir Fry, Dry Mein, Taro Hummus with Pita Chips, Green Salad and Dessert. All are welcome.  Cost is $15 for members, $20 for non-members. For reservations, go to MNHCoC events 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.

Teri Freitas Gorman
VP & Communications Chair
Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce (MNHCoC)
P.O. Box 350
Kahului, HI 96733-0350