The gala event is the largest annual fundraiser for the MPI Aloha Chapter. We also take this opportunity to recognize Hawai’i’s industry leaders that have made an impact on our businesses.
The recipients of our 2017 Gala are Peter Merriman for his strong leadership; Danny Akaka, Jr. for cultural sustainability and Pris Texeira, for her legacy in the hospitality industry.
Peter Merriman / Chef, Restaurant Owner and Pioneer of Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine
A culinary innovator in Hawaii for over 25 years.
Known as the original “locavore”, Peter is a vocal champion of Hawaii’s farmers, ranchers and fishermen
Danny Akaka, Jr. / Director of Cultural Affairs Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows
Respected as a long-standing kahu, teacher, musician, storyteller, explorer, and preservationist – truly a keeper of the spirit.
As an explorer, Danny was a crew member of the Hokule‘a, Hawaii’s double-hulled voyaging canoe, on its voyages in 1995, 1999 and again in 2007, providing the crew with his extensive knowledge of Polynesian cultures.
Pris Texeira / Managing Director Hawai‘i Tourism Global MCI
Founder and producer of PRIME (Pacific Rim Incentives & Meetings Exchange)
Former Vice President of Meetings, Conventions, and Incentives for the Hawai‘i Visitors and Convention Bureau
Memberships included: MPI Aloha Chapter, served on the MPI international board, member of ASAE Aloha Chapter, Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association and Hawaii Society of Business Professionals