Polynesian businessman Molonai Hola to speak at Hawaiian chamber meeting
KAHULUI – The Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce (MNHCoC) will host a May 16 talk story session – an “open mic” opportunity for the community to share stories and culture.
Polynesian businessman Molonai Hola will be the special guest, sharing his accomplished experiences, perspectives and visions.
As president and CEO of Pure Energy Capital, he created the financial model to structure, own and raise $32 million to build the Laie Courtyard Marriott on Oahu. What especially stands out is the distinctly Polynesian hospitality, staffing and feel of the property. Other initiatives and projects driven by Hola include several solar projects and developing South Pacific Ventures, a water bottle company.
Born in Tonga, Hola was raised in one of Salt Lake City’s west side neighborhoods. Overcoming challenges of finance and stereotypes, he went on to attend the University of Utah on a football scholarship. He served there as president of the LDSSA and student body president.
He continued to hone his leadership skills with an MBA from Arizona State University, a Master of International Management (MIM) Degree from Thunderbird American Graduate School of International Management, and completion of the Owner/President Management (OPM) Program at the Harvard School of Business.
“We look forward to Molonai’s story not only as an awareness of western commerce accomplishments by Polynesians,” said Teri Freitas Gorman, president of the MNHCoC, “equally exciting is an opportunity to share visions and brainstorm collaboration initiatives.”
No-host cocktails and networking will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16, at the Tram Station of the Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu. Pupus will be provided by Pukalani Superette.
Admission is $25 for members and $30 for nonmembers. Register and pay online at www.mnhcoc.org or call Shirley at (808) 757-3045 to pay by phone. The deadline to register is Sunday, May 14.
The Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce’s mission is “to promote and sustain our Hawaiian Culture, nurturing a strong community of Hawaiian Values and to enhance opportunities for success in business and education.”
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in perpetuating the spirit of aloha through commerce, culture and community. For more information, visit www.mnhcoc.org.