Sen. Schatz to keynote business fest

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz will be the keynote speaker at the 11th annual Hui Holomua Business Fest, which will take place Oct. 11 at the King Kamehameha Golf Club in Waikapu, the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce announced Tuesday.

This year’s theme is “Ka ‘Ikena ‘Oiwi: Native Wisdom,” and highlights the Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience Act, which was introduced by Schatz and Republican South Dakota Sen. John Thune. The measure was enacted in September 2016. The act aims to enhance and integrate native tourism, empower native communities and expand the nation’s unique cultural tourism opportunities.

Along with Schatz, speakers will include Native American speaker Ben Sherman, chairman of the World Indigenous Tourism Alliance; Native Alaskan speaker Camille Ferguson, executive director of the American Indian and Alaska Native Tourism Association; and Native Hawaiian speaker Ramsay Taum, founder of Life Enhancement Institute of the Pacific. State Sen. Brickwood Galuteria will offer opening remarks about the potential for indigenous tourism programs to increase Native Hawaiian well-being.

Attendees must RSVP by Oct. 1. The daylong conference goes from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Morning sessions and speakers are free, while the noon luncheon and keynote session costs $75 for members and $85 for nonmembers.

A membership includes a free exhibit table at the business fest. An exhibit table application form can be found at mnhcoc.org/Business-Fest/2017/MNHCoC_2017-BizFest_Exhibit-Application_Submit.pdf and should be emailed to huiholomua17@mnhcoc.org.

To view the full schedule, RSVP or become a member, visit mnhcoc.org/Business-Fest/2017/index.html.

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