Friday, August 26, 2011

Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce: 5th Annual Business Fest and 3rd Annual Ko`i Awards

5th Annual Business Fest and 3rd Annual Ko`i Awards

Invitation to the Business Fest

Announcement for the Ko`i Awards Dinner

FRI, SEP 2, 2011 - The Grand Wailea Hotel Resort & Spa

6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

The MNHCC will hold its 5th Annual Business Fest, Hui Holomua, and the 3rd Annual Ko'i Awards on Friday, September 2, 2011. The event commences with the ceremonial arrival of canoes highlighted by cultural protocol. Participants will spend the day discussing issues of importance and significance to our Hawaiian business community. The Ko`i Award dinner in the evening will recognize leaders who have contributed to the well-being of our community and state.

Business Fest Invitation and Registration Form

Details: schedule for the day; workshop titles; and guest speakers.

For MNHCC members and friends, the Grand Wailea Resort offers an exclusive room rate of $169.00 per night beginning Thursday, September 1st through Sunday, September 4th. For room reservations, please contact the hotel directly at 1-800-888-6100 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 1-800-888-6100 end_of_the_skype_highlighting and ask for the "Chamber Business Fest Rate".

For Exhibit information, contact Keoni Woo at 359-1211.

To volunteer for the event, contact Pam Alesna at 280-2016.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Friday, August 19, 2011



We are seeking highly motivated students for graduate studies (MS and PhD-level) at Oregon State University in Fisheries and Wildlife and Agricultural & Resource Economics. Successful applicants will be participants in the Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center, which aims to increase the number of students from under-represented communities with graduate degrees in marine science and resource economics. All research projects will involve collaboration with National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists and focus on quantitative aspects of fisheries ecology, including recruitment studies, and bio-economic evaluation of marine fisheries resources.  Annual stipend and tuition waivers are available for US citizens.

Interested candidates should send their CV with the names of two references, a statement of interest, and copies of transcripts by September 15, 2011 to:
Dr. Jessica Miller, Hatfield Marine Science Center, 2030 SE Marine Science Drive, Newport, Oregon 97365.

For additional information, please see the following webpages:
OSU Agricultural & Resource Economics:
Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center:

Itchung Cheung | Academic Program Coordinator & Instructor | Hatfield Marine Science Center
Oregon State University | Newport, OR 97365-5296<> | 541-867-0380 phone | 541-867-0138 fax

Washington Semester American Indian Program: Washington Internships for Native Students (WINS)

Washington Semester American Indian Program – Washington Internships for Native Students (WINS)
You are invited to participate in a unique internship opportunity in Washington, DC through Washington Internships for Native Students (WINS) at American University, one of USA Today’s top 100 schools.  This experiential education program is focused on developing leadership and professional skills through an internship experience and academics. WINS is an experiential internship program for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students.  All American University academic credit hours are transferable and interested candidates should consult their home school academic advisors.

Current Possible Internship Sites:

Social Security Administration – Office of Research and Development and the Office of the Secretary

Small Business Administration

Department of Treasury – Office of the Comptroller

If you are interested in developing your personal and professional skills, experiencing a dynamic city, and studying with fellow Native students, you should consider WINS for the fall, spring or summer sessions.  You can find an online application at  We are still taking applications for our fall 2011 program!

What you receive from WINS?
•                       Travel to and from Washington, DC

•                       Dormitory housing and a meal plan

•                       Coverage of tuition, books and institutional fees

•                       A living stipend

•                       Access to the amenities and benefits available to American University students

Apply today and explore the opportunities found through WINS!  For further information about the program, please visit our website at  If you have additional questions, please send them along to mhtml:{BAF4F777-B106-4B0C-95F3-C30F3CEE4E12}mid://00000218/! or you may call us at (202) 885-5934.

Thank you for considering WINS in your future!

Jack Soto

Director, Washington Internships for Native Students (WINS)
Washington Semester AI/NA Program
American University
Capital Building, Room 114
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016-8083 USA
T - 202-895-4879 
F - 202-895-4882
C - 202-445-5211

... I have seen that in any great undertaking it is not enough for a man to depend simply upon himself.

~ Lone Man (Isna-la-wica) Teton Sioux

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Foreclosure Prevention Events: Kapolei (Oahu) and Kahului (Maui)

From: Yap, Kehau []
Sent: Tuesday, August 09, 2011 10:17 AM
To: Yap, Kehau
Subject: Foreclosure Prevention event flyer: You're Not Alone

Aloha, all.

Thank you again for your unwavering willingness to participate in the foreclosure prevention events. The confirmed dates and locations are Kapolei Middle School cafeteria on Sat 8/20/11 and (new location) Maui Waena Intermediate School cafeteria on Sat 8/27/11. We had to switch the Maui location due to construction at Maui High School.

Flyer – attached is the event flyer. May I ask for your help in distributing this flyer as far and wide as possible to your professional and personal network and ask those contacts to share it with family and friends who may benefit from the events? I would appreciate an indication of how many families you can reach within your network. We will have it posted on the Congresswoman’s website and will distribute to the Star-Advertiser, Midweek, community publications, OHA, state libraries, community groups, chambers, neighborhood boards, churches, legislators, and any retail stores that will post it (Zippy’s, Jamba Juice, McDonalds, etc).

RepresentativesPlease let me know who will be at each event so that we can prepare nametags.

Sharing a Cab on Maui – A few organizations will catch a cab from the Maui airport to Maui Waena Intermediate School which is 10 minutes from the airport. If you’d like to share a cab, let me know what time your flight arrives and I’ll connect you with the other interested organizations.

Lastly, we would like to have this same event in Kona in the last week of August. In your experience, have you found weekday evening events in Kona to be productive? I don’t think having an event on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend would be productive, so we are looking at either Tues 8/31 or Thurs 9/01 from 4 to 8pm. My concern is that school, football, and other sports are in full-swing and people may not attend a weekday event, especially in Kona. Your thoughts? Would your organization be able to make it to a Kona event? Please advise.

Thank you so much. I look forward to meeting all of you. Together, this will be a terrific resource event for our communities.

Cell 808-306-4269

Ms. Kehau Yap
Office of U.S. Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono (HI-02)
300 Ala Moana Blvd #5-104, Honolulu, Hawaii 96850
Main Tel: Oahu (808) 541-1986, Fax: (808) 538-0233
Direct from the Neighbor Islands:
Kaua‘i & Ni‘ihau 245-1951, Maui 242-1818, Moloka‘i 552-0160, Lāna‘i 565-7199, Hawai‘i Island 935-3756

Youre Not Alone 2011

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Island Innovation Fund opens September 1

Announcing Round 2. Get your Concept ready for September.

Hawaii Community Foundation is pleased to announce the Island Innovation Fund grant program will open next month. Grants of up to $100,000 will be available to support innovations that break with traditional ways of doing business, transform the way nonprofits achieve their mission, and create widespread social impact. HCF may distribute up to$1M in this round.

As you know, we received valuable feedback from many first round participants. We heard that you liked the transparency of the process, but asked for more clarity about how grant decisions were made. You shared that the online process was helpful, but that expectations for collaboration were unclear. We have made changes to address these concerns, among others, in this second round. We have preserved the transparency and improved the technical functions of the website, and we look forward to your innovations.

The website for Round 2 is now live. You may read what’s new and revisit the guidelines and FAQs. You will be able to register and create your Profile and Concept on September 1. HCF will conduct an overview of Round 2 on Wednesday, September 7 at 10:00 am. Visit to sign up for the email list and register for the webinar.

Hawaii-based nonprofit organizations may submit one Concept anytime from September 1 through 30. Concepts sharing will occur through October 20. Invited proposals will be due in mid-December, and awards are expected by February 2012. Visit the website for more details.

The Island Innovation Team

Saturday, August 6, 2011