General Membership Meeting
In the coming weeks, I’d like to share with you some of the events that we have planned for our 192nd General Membership Meeting which is to be held at The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort from October 17th through 19th. The one event that I’m sure will be a hit this year is the tailgate party that HLTA will be hosting on Saturday evening to watch UH play the United States Air Force Academy. Join us for good fun, fellowship, and to root for Coach Rolovich and the Warriors as they take on the Fighting Falcons.
As a friendly reminder, please note that the cutoff date for regular GMM registration rates is September 30th (midnight), so please register as soon as possible. Once this deadline has passed, the cost of registration will rise from $375 to $425. It is also important that you register soon so that you may take advantage of our GMM room rate which starts at $295 per night. If you have any questions about registration, the room rate, or GMM in general, please do not hesitate to contact HLTA Director of Membership and Special Projects Ashley Yonamine at (808) 923-0407 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ka 'Ikena Reception
The 2019 Ka ‘Ikena Reception is next week Tuesday, September 24 and there are still seats available. Do not miss out on a night of delicious French cuisine prepared by the students of the Kapi‘olani Community College Culinary Arts Program. Not only will you get to taste food prepared by the future stars of Hawai‘i’s culinary scene, but also support the program that has groomed and prepared them for long and successful careers in the restaurant business. Please take a look at the menu below to see what’s in store and then click here to reserve your seat.
Monster X Tour 2020
This past April, monster trucks made their long-awaited return to the islands and fans of all ages flocked to Aloha Stadium to enjoy the show. It had been 23 years since the last time a monster truck rally was held on island and the event was a smash hit. It was another example of a sport that has a strong local fanbase and underscored the need to build a new stadium in order to accommodate world-class events like the Monster X Tour.
This week, I participated in a press conference at First Hawaiian Bank, the major sponsor, where it was announced that the Monster X Tour will be returning to O'ahu to host the Monster X Tour World Finals at Aloha Stadium on April 25th and May 2nd of 2020. The 2020 show is slated to include bull-riding, a freestyle motocross event, and a monster truck ride. Additionally, gear head fans will have multiple opportunities to meet the drivers and get on an actual monster truck. Tickets are already on sale on Ticketmaster or at the Aloha Stadium Box Office with prices starting at $28.
Mufi is pictured above at the September 17 Monster X press conference.
Charity Walk Presentation
As you may have seen, over the past several weeks I have been visiting with various groups that were strong participants in this year’s Visitor Industry Charity Walk. There are so many amazing charities, nonprofits, schools, and other service organizations that participate in the Visitor Industry Charity Walk and I’ve really enjoyed getting to meet the people who not only make Charity Walk a success, but also provide important services in different spheres of our community.
Mufi stopped by the Waikiki Community Center to drop off a $7,000 check to the organization which provides multi-generational services to better the lives of Waikiki residents of all ages.
A check for $10,000 was presented to the Hawai'i Meals on Wheels Board of Directors on Tuesday evening.
Kalihi YMCA Visit
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to talk to a group of teenaged students who are active at the YMCA’s Kalihi Branch. As somebody who grew up just around the corner from this particular YMCA it was an invitation that I was all too happy to accept. The group and I talked story for about an hour covering everything from growing up in Kalihi to the effects that rail may have on their community. They were a group of bright and engaging young adults from the neighborhood of my youth and I had a great time meeting with them. Mahalo to the YMCA for having me and a special thank you to Justin Vele for contacting me and inviting me in to speak with the group.
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