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Featured Speaker Series and Luncheon Meeting - Nov. 17
Eric Enos Co-Founder and Executive Director of Ka`ala Farms, Inc. Will Discuss "Ka-ala Farms -- Its Mission, Programs and Businesses," on Thursday, November 17 at Noon at the Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce Luncheon Meeting

Eric Enos, the co-founder and executive director of Ka'ala Farms, Inc., will be the featured speaker on Thursday, November 17, at the membership luncheon of The Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce (NHCC) taking place at the Pacific Club. Registration and networking will begin at 11:30 a.m.; lunch will be served at noon.

Enos' talk, "Ka'ala Farms - Its Mission, Programs and Businesses," will cover the history of Ka'ala Farms, a non-profit that promotes sustainable practices based on the Hawaiian ahupua'a system. Located on 97 acres of land in Wai'anae, the farm also houses a Cultural Learning Center which annually serves over 4,000 school children, community groups, University scholars, international groups and substance abuse treatment programs.

A lifelong Wai 'anae resident, Enos saw a need there for a renewal and learning center with an emphasis on sustainable practices. In 1978, the seed of Ka'ala Farms was planted by Enos with the start of the 'Ai Pohaku program. Today, Ka'ala Farms is a thriving operation where Native Hawaiians and non-Native Hawaiians come to learn about the history of the land and to practice the farming, conservation and customs of ancient Hawaiians who once resided in the Wai'anae Valley.

A graduate of Kamehameha Schools and the University of Hawaii, Enos has a BFA in Fine Arts and a fifth year teaching certificate. He has played a leading role in the development of Ka'ala Farms' programs, including a Hawaiian cultural and science-based immersion program for fourth graders, the cultivation of native plant nurseries and gardens, the art and science of traditional kapa making, and the Hawaiian Studies Programs at both Wai'anae and Nanakuli High Schools.

"We are very fortunate to have dedicated Hawaiians like Eric Enos rekindle is us what ancient Hawaiians practiced for hundreds of years, said Warren Asing, president of the Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce. It is through such programs taught at Ka'ala Farms that our Keiki and adults will learn how important it is to malama our aina---care for our land," Asing stated.

Sharing the podium with Enos, will be Andrew Aoki, of 3Point Consulting who will discuss the business side of Ka'ala Farms.

"The public and other Native Hawaiian organizations are invited to attend," said Asing. "It is very important for all who want to preserve our cultural practices and precious environment to learn more about what is being done and to share that knowledge, he said."

Members are encouraged to bring a guest and non-members are invited to attend. The cost is $15 for NHCC members and $20 for non-members. For more information about the event, please call Dirk Soma, NHCC program coordinator, at 808.520.8277 or via email. Checks can be made payable to NHCC and mailed to P.O. Box 597, Honolulu, Hawaii 96809.

Founded in 1974, the Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce strives to encourage and promote the interests of Native Hawaiians engaged in business and the professions. NHCC members participate in a variety of areas, including economic, social and public affairs.

NHCC's mission is to strengthen Native Hawaiian businesses and professions by building on the foundations of relationships, resources and Hawaiian values: Aloha, Malama, Ho'okipa, Laulima, 'Imi'ike, Lokomaika'i, Pono, Ho'omau, Ha'aha'a and Lokahi.

Pacific Club
1451 Queen Emma Street
Honolulu HI 96813

11:30am - Registration
12:00pm - Lunch and Speaker
1:00pm - Pau

$15.00 for NHCC Members
$20.00 for NHCC Guests

Please make checks payable to:
Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 597
Honolulu, Hawai'i 96809

RSVP by calling Dirk Soma at (808) 520-8277.

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