E Komo Mai to the MPI Aloha Chapter

President’s Message

Aloha from Mary and Christina!

As we start our new year, we reflect on this past year and the accomplishments that we have achieved. We have certainly had a busy year working to break free of our Oahu-centric past. January kicked off the year with our inaugural “All Island Social” which occurred simultaneously on Maui, Kauai, Island of Hawai‘i and O‘ahu with such varied topics as Connectivity, “You had me at Aloha” and “Move their Bodies, Move their Minds”. Pau Hāna’s afforded us the opportunity to connect, enrich and network at such diverse locations as the fabulous Blue Note Waikīkī, Makers & Tasters, Tommy Bahama and the new and exciting Lucky Strike. Capitalizing on visiting hospitality dignitaries, we offered a Coffee with Michael Dominguez where he spoke about the state of our industry from his unique perspective. We hope you have enjoyed these varied opportunities as much as we have during this year.

For the remainder of 2017 and into 2018, we plan to expand program topics with relevant events … the end goal of further uniting our community and industry. Our volunteer board members, representing three of our islands, will ensure that we listen to your collective voices and keep our chapter alive and active.

The honorees for this year’s Gala represent a wonderful cross-section of our talented and multi-faceted hospitality community. The theme of “Touch, Taste, Feel” provides the cultural backdrop for the evenings events. The Gala will take place at the newly remodeled Prince Waikiki on Friday, October 20th to include a reception, silent and live auction, dinner and after-hours celebration. The funds raised at this year’s event will once again be infused right back into the community in the form of more educational and networking opportunities. Join us! You can register and bid on silent auction items here.

We are pleased to announce that our honorees for this year’s Gala:

  • Legacy Award
    • 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.
  • Distinguished Industry Leader Award
    • 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
  • Cultural Award
    • 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 doublehulled voyaging canoe, on its voyages in 1995, 1999 and again in 2007, providing the crew with his extensive knowledge of Polynesian cultures.

We appreciate your membership and will continue to uncover ways to provide further value to you. We encourage you to reach out to us at any time to be involved as a volunteer, which is the fastest and most effective way to find that value.

Mahalo nui loa,

Mary Neister, President

Christina St. Amant, Past-President

PS – please join us in sending a most sincere mahalo and a hui hou to Christina St. Amant …. Christina is in the process of moving to the mainland for work purposes and is transitioning her President duties to Mary Neister. It has been Christina’s absolutely honor and privilege to serve on the Aloha Chapter board for the last 2.5 years. She will always consider Hawai‘i her home. Mary is passionate about our industry and community pledges to elevate our chapter to new heights.