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Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce to highlight candidates at October event

By Staff | Sep 11, 2014

KAHULUI – The Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce will hold its eighth annual Business Fest on Thursday, Oct. 2, at the Grand Wailea in South Maui.

The conference will begin at sunrise with the arrival of canoes on Wailea Beach followed by opening protocol.

Scheduled just one month prior to November’s General Election, this year’s Business Fest will highlight candidates seeking county, state and federal offices and guest speakers to be announced soon.

Chamber Past President Kai Pelayo will serve as emcee for the day.

“Our chamber is nonpartisan, so we offer an impartial forum in which all candidates can share their message,” said MNHCOC President Doreen “Pua” Canto. “Our members understand the need for a well-informed electorate, so we expect this Business Fest to be very well-attended.”

In keeping with the chamber’s aim to balance business with Hawaiian culture, the 2014 Business Fest will be dedicated to Maui’s new voyaging canoe, Mo’okiha o Pi’ilani.

The registration fee is $50 for chamber members and $75 for non-members. Students from the Maui Junior Achievement Program and Kamehameha Schools Maui will receive scholarships to attend and participate. Businesses and individuals have an opportunity to “sponsor a haumana” for $50 when registering online at www.mnhcoc.org.

Event sponsors may showcase their goods and services in the Business Fest Exhibition Area.

For information on sponsorships, contact Canto at (808) 633-3079 or president@mnhcoc.org. For information on the chamber, visit www.mnhcoc.org.