2020 Industry Virtual Holiday Event

December 4, 2020, 8:30am – 10:00am

It’s our annual Holiday event but this time we are going VIRTUAL! The Hawaii Chapters of PATA & TTRA invite you to our 2020 Industry Holiday Event and Online Auction via Zoom. This is a great opportunity to get in the spirit of the holidays for giving and to network with your industry peers.

This year we are again featuring the Visitor Aloha Society of Hawai‘i (VASH) as the benefactor of our online auction, and will hear from Jessica Lani Rich, President and Director of VASH.  VASH continues to provide much-needed services to our visitors in need.  100% of our Online Auction goes directly to VASH.  Bidding starts Friday, December 4, 2020 and ends Sunday, December 13, 2020.  Items will be added throughout the bidding period. 

You won’t want to miss the opportunity to also hear from our inspiring guest speakers Dr. Kaiwipunikauikawēkiu Punihei Lipe and Matthew Kamakani Lynch.

Dr. Kaiwipunikauikawēkiu Punihei Lipe is a Native Hawaiian mother, daughter, wife, hula dancer, and educator. In 2017 she was hired into the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM) Chancellor’s Office as the inaugural Native Hawaiian Affairs Program Officer where she implements findings from her award-winning research to advance UHM’s goal of becoming a Native Hawaiian place of learning. She is also the director of UHM’s Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Campus Center as well as an Obama Leader with the Obama Foundation’s Asia-Pacific Leaders Program. She holds a BA in Hawaiian Studies, an MS in Counseling Psychology, and a PhD in Education Administration. She lives in He‘eia, O‘ahu with her ‘ohana.

Matthew Kamakani Lynch is the Director of Sustainability Initiatives for the ten campuses of the University of Hawai’i System. After surviving a 10-year career in mortgage banking & real estate finance, Matt has worked to replenish his karmic bank accounts by participating in a broad range of community-based sustainable development projects in Hawai`i, Laos, Mongolia, and Vanuatu. He currently serves as as teaching faculty on Harvard’s Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership program, as well as Chairperson of the Board of Directors for Kahumana Organic Farm – a social enterprise working at the nexus of transitional housing, mental health and regenerative farming to build healthy communities on O’ahu .