The worlds of commerce and Hawaiian culture may seem light years apart, never to meet. But Amy Kalili introduces us to some familiar faces who say this isn't the case.
The Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber's conference in September was all about building businesses on a Hawaiian foundation.
Aloha nui kâkou. Me ka manaʻo kûkulu ma luna o ke kahua Hawaiʻi i mâlama ʻia ka ʻaha Business Fest a ka Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce ma Kepakemapa.
"You can launch off a Hawaiian foundation and achieve many things in life today," said keynote speaker Kealii Reichel.
Ke kahua o ka mea Hawaiʻi, ʻo nâ loina Hawaiʻi, ʻo nâ ʻike Hawaiʻi, ʻo kçlâ kekahi kahua hiki ke lele. Lele a hopu i nâ mea like ʻole i ke ao nei.
"Being mindful of your foundation allows you to extend into all kinds of knowledge," said Reichel.
Hiki ke kîkoʻo i kou lima, kou wâwae i nâ wahi like ʻole, i nâ ʻike like ʻole, but he aha lâ ka piko? Ai hea ka piko? Ma ʻaneʻi, ma kçia kahua.
"Our culture is first in our priorities, OK? From the culture we build our businesses," said MNHCC board member Boyd Mossman.
Ma luna o ka 'ike ku'una e ulu ai ka pâʻoihana.
"We're trying to get our members to understand, look, you've got values that your ancestors prepared for you. You have ancestors who want you to succeed," said Mossman.
Ke paipai nei mâkou i nâ lâlâ o kçia hui e hoʻi i ka ʻike kuʻuna a nâ kûpuna aloha.
For an example of applied cultural knowledge in business, we need not look further than the current trend toward sustainability.
He kôkua ka nânâ a kâlailai ʻia o kekahi mau laʻana kikoʻî o kçia pili o ke kuanaʻike Hawaiʻi i ka pâʻohana. A ʻo kçia mea o nâ kaʻakâlai a kiʻina nohona ô mau e laha loa nei i kçia mau lâ, he laʻana kûpono loa.
"The idea of being sustainable, the idea of looking at how systems can become economically viable, means that we gotta take a look at what our kûpuna have already accomplished," said Sol Kahoʻohalahala, Council Member, Maui County Council
O ia manaʻo o ke kiʻina hana ô mau, he haʻawina ia a nâ kûpuna.
"It's not only about making money, it's about making good choices that are going to help you become successful in your businesses with an idea that is also replenishing and is long term and is able to perpetuate who we are and where we are," said Kahoohalahala.
Aʻole ʻo ke kâlâ ka mea nui. ʻO ka mea nui ka hoʻoholo ʻana i ke ala e lanakila ai ka pâʻoihana me ka mâlama pû i ka ʻâina a me ka lâhui.
For more on the Chamber, visit MauiHawaiianChamber.org.