Tuesday, April 10th at Aria’s Restaurant in Wailuku

KAHULUI, MAUI, HI –  Frank De Rego Jr., member of the Maui Redevelopment Agency, Erin Wade, Small Town and Redevelopment Planner for the County of Maui, and Ramsay Taum, Cultural Sustainability Planner with PBR HawaiĘ»i are featured speakers for the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce (MNHCoC) Membership Dinner at 5:30 pm, Tuesday, April 10 at Aria’s Restaurant on Vineyard Street in Wailuku. They will share plans for the revitalization of Wailuku town.

Wailuku town’s history and heritage is its competitive advantage. The Wailuku Civic Hub team aims to design the project based upon local values and culture to inspire the next cycle of investment in Wailuku town. Hear how the planners and economists have been working to bring in an anchor tenant, sustain businesses through construction, incentivize private property investment and attract new businesses. Learn about project-based cultural sustainability and how the team seeks to frame the Wailuku Civic Hub as a beacon to perpetuate Wailuku’s legacy .

A revitalized Wailuku Town presents opportunities for the creation of new and imaginative small businesses whether these be in food, entertainment, art, culture, boutique retail, or professional services,” explained Frank De Rego Jr., Maui Redevelopment Agency member and MNHCoC board member. He added, “We invite the community to consider the business opportunities as well as the cultural inspiration for the Wailuku Civic Hub’s design. This is a don’t miss event.”

Wailuku town is my birthplace, so this project is very personal,” said Teri Freitas Gorman, president of the MNHCoC. “Maui County’s decision to reinvest in Wailuku and to include cultural leaders in the vision development and planning is absolutely fundamental to the success of this project. To preserve our historical landmarks and honor our unique heritage while advancing plans for economic vitality is a complex balancing act. We encourage the community to join us, ask questions and share their mana'o.”

reWailuku is a call for the collective creativity of the Wailuku Community. It is a venue to remember the Wailuku Town of yesterday and an invitation to imagine the Wailuku Town of tomorrow. It began in 2012 as an intensive, hands-on workshop that brought people from different backgrounds, disciplines, and generations together to explore design options for the public space in Wailuku Town.

No-host cocktails and networking will begin at 5:30 pm. Admission is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. RSVP and pay in advance at www.mnhcoc.org or to pay by phone, call (808) 757-3045. Deadline for RSVPs is Sunday, April 8. Venue capacity is limited so reserve your seat early.


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.


Contact: Corey Vicens or 808.633.6962