Hawaiian chamber announces meeting


Kili Namau’u, director of Punana Leo o Maui, will be the featured speaker at the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of

Commerce’s annual meeting slated for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at University of Hawaii Maui College, in the Pa’ina Food Court. Following Namau’u’s presentation, former Circuit Court Judge Boyd Mossman will install the chamber’s newly elected board and officers for fiscal year 2018-19.

Prepaid admission, which includes a traditional Hawaiian dinner, is $25 for members or $30 for nonmembers. Reserve online at www.mnhcoc.org or pay by phone at 757-3045 by today.

“Indigenous languages around the world are going extinct at an alarming rate,” said MNHCoC President Teri Freitas Gorman. “People may believe it doesn’t personally affect them, but that’s just wrong. Each language carries a unique worldview that is transmitted through speech from one generation to the next. There are two official languages in Hawaii and Kili’s work ensures this will always be the case.”

During the annual dinner, MNHCoC members will elect a board of directors and officers for the new fiscal year beginning on July 1. Mossman will say a few words about “kuleana,” or the privilege and responsibility, of community service before the installation ceremony. Mossman is the founding president of MNHCoC, having established the new organization in 2005. He continues to serve as an adviser.