At the World Indigenous Business forum in Guatemala last year, Nalani Takushi of Oʻahu invited the delegates to attend the forum's 2015 gathering in Honolulu. "I just did a call out to please join us in Hawaiʻi," Takushi said, adding that she was inspired after attending the conference for which the Guatemalan president provided opening remarks.
Seeing conversations about business and indigenous peoples happening in the same room was awesome, said Takushi. And, she said, that has potential for Native Hawaiian entrepreneurs when the conference comes to Honolulu for the first time in its six-year history. The forum will be held at Waikīkī Beach Marriott Resort and Spa Oct. 27-29, offering Native Hawaiians a chance to share best practices with other indigenous entrepreneurs from around the world.
"I think how we do business in Hawaiʻi is very different in the way business is conducted around the world . . . I can see and feel a difference. I think the indigenous (entrepreneur) really cares about people," said Takushi, a capacity-building manager for Hiʻilei Aloha LLC, a subsidiary of OHA. Takushi will be an emcee at the Honolulu gathering.
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