Chief Judge Richard Bissen to install new Board of Directors at
Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapū

KAHULUI, HI – Kay Fukumoto will be the featured speaker at the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce’s (MNHCoC) next social at 5:30 pm, Wedesday, August 14, at the Maui Tropical Plantation Tram Station in Waikapū. She will discuss how Maui County’s Office of Economic Development works with the community, business and government sectors to fortify and diversify the economy and how it helps to attract and develop new business and employment opportunities within the county.

Mayor Michael Victorino named Kay Fukumoto as director of the Maui County Office of Economic Development in December 2018. She is a certified public accountant and certified management accountant. From 1994 to 2018, she served as chief financial officer of Fukumoto Engineering Inc. She is well-known for her community service as president of Maui Taiko and event co-chair for the annual Maui Matsuri. She graduated from the University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa with a BA degree in business administration accounting

Following her presentation, chief judge of the 2nd Circuit, Court the Honorable Richard Bissen, Jr. will preside over the ceremonial installation of MNHCoC’s board of directors for FY 2019-2020. Judge Bissen was sworn in as a Circuit Court judge for the Second Circuit in April 2005. He is the former Interim Director for the State of Hawai`i Department of Public Safety and as the First Deputy Attorney General for the State and he served as Prosecuting Attorney for the County of Maui from August 1995 to January 2003. He received his law degree from the University of Hawaii’s William S. Richardson School of Law. In June of this year, he was assigned as Chief Judge of the Second Circuit Court by Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald

“We are eager to hear from Kay Fukumoto about her vision for the Maui County Office of Economic Development because the office has long been a partner in the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce’s efforts to help advance Native Hawaiian prosperity throughout the county,” said incoming MNHCoC president Frank DeRego, Jr. “Likewise, we are deeply honored to have Chief Judge Bissen preside over installation of our new board. This is an auspicious beginning to our new fiscal year.”

Pūpū for MNHCoC’s August networker will be provided by the Daniels ʻohana of Cupie’s Maui. No-host cocktails and networking will begin at 5:30 pm. Admission is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. RSVP and pay in advance at www.mnhcoc.org or to pay by phone, call (808) 281-6438. Deadline for RSVPs is Sunday, August 11. Venue capacity is limited, so early reservations are recommended.


About the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce (MNHCoC) – MNHCoC’s mission is “to promote and sustain our Hawaiian Culture, nurturing a strong community of Hawaiian Values and to enhance opportunities for success in business and education.” Membership is open to anyone with an interest in perpetuating the spirit of Aloha through commerce, culture and community. For more information, see www.mnhcoc.org.

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