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Hawaiian Cultural Experts Offer Insights To Hospitality Industry Managers and Employees

Presented April 6-7 by the Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association (NaHHA).

Media Release:

Hawaiian cultural experts Peter Apo, Margo Harumi Mau Bunnell, Kumu Keala Ching, and Donna Wheeler, will present valuable insights into Hawaiian culture for hospitality industry managers and employees at the Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association (NaHHA) Ola Hawai’i workshops April 6-7.

The speakers will share knowledge on a range of topics including “Understanding Hawaiian Values” and “Where to Find Real Hawaiian Culture.”

  • Peter Apo is a songwriter-musician, President of Mamo Records and a Trustee of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. He was a founding member of NaHHA and was Special Assistant on Hawaiian Affairs to former Governor Ben Cayetano.
  • Margo Mau Bunnell is the Sales and Operations Manager for Queens MarketPlace at Waikoloa Beach Resort and CEO of the Moku O Keawe Foundation.
  • Kumu Keala Ching is a Hawaiian cultural educator, composer and spiritual advisor to Hawaiian organizations. He is fluent in the Hawaiian language and is Kumu Hula for Ka Pa Hula Na Wai Iwi Ola.
  • Donna Wheeler has over thirty years of experience in the Hawaii hotel industry having served in operations, sales and marketing capacities, representing over 60 hotels and resorts on the Hawaiian islands of O’ahu, Maui, Kaua’i, Hawai’i Island and Moloka’i; as well as New Zealand, Guam, Saipan, and Thailand.

The two-day learning experience will explore the value of hosting, managing visitor information and sales and marketing strategies with a special focus on Hawaiian traditions and culture.

Also speaking at the workshop will be:

  • Veronica Puanani Claveran – Director of Rooms, Keauhou Beach Resort
  • Owana Wilcox-Likiaksa – Human Resources Coordinator, Hilton Waikoloa Village
  • Joann Nanea Perreira-Machiguchi – Catering Sales Manager, Hawai`i Prince Hotel
  • April Ke`ala Kadooka – Learning Manager, Four Seasons Hualalai

The Ola Hawai’i workshop will be held on April 6-7 from 9am – 5pm at the Keauhou Beach Resort, Keauhou , Hawai’i Island.

Enrollment is limited and participants need to register by March 28. The cost, which includes lunch on both days, is $60.

For more information, visit nahha.com

For registration or questions, contact Pamela Davis-Lee at 808-628-6375 or pam@nahha.com

The Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association (NaHHA) is dedicated to the promotion and perpetuation of Hawaiian culture and traditions. Its mission is to promote Hawaiian culture, values and traditions in the workplace through consultation and education, and to provide opportunities for the Native Hawaiian community to shape the future of tourism.

Localvore Experience Debuts

Media Release:

Are you a localvore? Come and taste why more and more people are dedicated to eating food grown and produced on the Big Isle at the inaugural Farmers & Friends Dinner-A Localvore Experience.

A fundraiser for the Kona County Farm Bureau, it’s 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Mar. 26 at the Keauhou Beach Resort. It includes an opening reception to meet and mingle with local food producers and a display providing ag-related information. Also available will be a silent auction stocked with dinners, activities and merchandise donated by community businesses to benefit KCFB.

Chef Cy Yamamoto

The evening’s highlight is the Farmers & Friends Dinner, a sit-down buffet showcasing locally produced food. Keauhou Beach Resort Chef Cy Yamamoto, a Hawaii Community College-West Hawaii alum, is creating a tantalizing dinner using a cornucopia of just-picked vegetables, fruits and herbs; red veal, grass-fed beef and fresh ocean fish, plus a pairing of 100 percent Kona coffee and chocolate made from island cacao.

Keauhou Farmers Market cooking demo

Throughout the event, door prizes will be awarded featuring products from the Farm Bureau’s weekly Saturday Keauhou Farmer’s Market. Earlier in the day, the market stages its free monthly Farmer-Chef presentation that highlights local growers, their products and an island chef preparing them—brought to you in partnership with the USDA Farmers’ Market Promotion Program. The weekly farmers market at Keauhou Shopping Center is 8 a.m.-noon with the Farmer-Chef presentation at 10 a.m. the last Saturday of each month through 2011.

Tickets for the Farmers & Friends Dinner-A Localvore Experience are $65 and available online at www.konafarmbureau.org. They can also be purchased at the Keauhou Farmers Market, Kona Stories at Keauhou Shopping Center and Kailua Village Artists Galleries in Alii Sunset Plaza and at the Keauhou Beach Resort.

The host Keauhou Beach Resort offers a “Localvore” overnighter rate that includes a breakfast buffet for two with a partial ocean view room for $119 plus taxes, phone 808-324-2515 for reservations.

For more event info, phone 808-324-6011 or visit www.konafarmbureau.org.

Produced by the Kona County Farm Bureau, this inaugural event is sponsored by Kamehameha Schools, Keauhou Resort, Keauhou Beach Resort, Kona Brewing Company, Hawaiian Springs Water and the Keauhou Farmers Market.