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MNHCoC Open-Mic Talk-Story Social, May 16

May 3, 2017, 10:01 AM HST
* Updated May 1, 10:07 AM
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The Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce will hold an open-mic, talk story social on Tuesday, May 16, at Maui Tropical Plantation.

The special guests this month will be Polynesian Businessman Molonai Hola who will share his accomplished experiences, perspectives, and visions. Attendees are invited to share their own stories and culture.

Hola is the President and CEO of Pure Energy Capital and he created the financial model to structure, own and raise $32 millionto build the Lāʻie Courtyard Marriott on Oʻahu. What stands out is the distinctly Polynesian hospitality, staffing and feel of the property. Other initiatives and projects driven by Molonai include several solar projects and developing South Pacific Ventures, a water bottle company.

“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.”

Born in Tonga, Molonai was raised in one of Salt Lake City’s west side neighborhoods. Overcoming challenges of finance and stereotypes, Molonai went on to attend the University of Utah on a football scholarship. He served there as president of the LDSSA and as Student Body President of the University. He continued to hone his leadership skills with an MBA from Arizona State University, a Master of International Management degree from Thunderbird American Graduate School of International Management, and completed the Owner/President Management program at the Harvard School of Business.


RSVP by Sunday, May 14, here. Non-MNHCoC member tickets are $30, MNHCoC individual and business member tickets are $25. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with a no-host bar and dinner starts at 6 p.m. Pupus will be provided by Pukalani Superette.

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