MNHCoC Accepting Reservations for Hui Holomua Business Fest
The Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce announced it is taking reservations for the 11th Annual Hui Holomua Business Fest, which will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017.
This year’s conference will explore the new federal Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience Act and it’s potential to expand local tourism, spur economic growth and educate visitors about Native culture and history. The keynote speaker at this year’s event will be US Sen. Brian Schatz.
Sen. Schatz will address this year’s theme “Ka ʻIkena ʻŌiwi: Native Wisdom,” and the importance of Native-Led Tourism. He will be joined by Native American speaker Ben Sherman, Chairman of the World Indigenous Tourism Alliance; Native Alaskan speaker Celeste 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.
Hawaiʻi State Senator Brickwood Galuteria will be offer opening remarks about the potential for indigenous tourism programs to increase Native Hawaiian well-being.
The NATIVE Act is a bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and John Thune (R-S.D.), that enhances and integrates native tourism, empowers native communities and expands the nation’s unique cultural tourism opportunities.