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SCHEDULE: Day 1 Wednesday, Oct 13

Subject to change.

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DAY 1 OCT. 13

Oct 13 3:00PM–4:00PM · Stage

Day 1: Opening Session

2021 is a landmark year—a time of recovery from the pandemic that changed the world, where technology has allowed us to dialogue and share experiences despite the restrictions imposed by COVID 19. We will celebrate Filipino History Month, so it is timely to commemorate the links that bind the Philippines and Hawai’i in a format that allows inclusive participation. 

Justice Antonio Carpio

Keynote Speaker:

Justice Antonio Carpio

Retired Justice Antonio T. Carpio will deliver the opening plenary address at the Aloha & Mabuhay Conference. He will speak on the importance of cultivating maritime domain awareness for the effective management of the security, safety, economy, and environment of the Philippines and Hawai’i.

Kayamanan ng Lahi

Under the leadership of Joel Jacinto, Barbara Ele and Ave Jacinto, Kayamanan is committed to presenting, promoting and preserving the richness and diversity of Philippine culture through dance and music, to educate, entertain and enlighten. Kayamanan’s artistic approach is based on anthropological research, resulting in a strong and appropriate translation between traditional folk and folkloric Philippine dance and music forms and styles – from the village to the stage. Noted for its extensive dance repertoire, costumes and music ensembles. Kayamanan has received numerous accolades including L.A. Times’ description of one of the group’s concert as ” …consistently exciting and a triumph of enlightened cultural preservation.”

Oct 13 4:00PM–5:30PM · Sessions

Sharing Best Practice Policies in Public Health and Food Resiliency

GOVERNANCE: Hawaii’s Food Security Plan—Post Pandemic Reflections, Zoning Ordinances vs Food Production: Role of City Planning in Food Resiliency, Politics of Food—Role of Dual Citizens in Influencing Legislation, The Maginhawa Phenomenon--Community Pantries and Other Grassroots Movements. 

Food Resilience

Oct 13 4:00PM–5:30PM · Sessions

Digital Transformation—Its impact on Doing Business Across Borders

ECONOMIC COOPERATION: Sharing Workforce across Borders: Why the Philippines Leads, , Should the Jones Act be Repealed?, , Issues in Currency Exchange in International Trade, Basics in Exporting Goods to Hawaii—An Entrepreneur’s Journey

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Oct 13 4:00PM–5:30PM · Sessions

Culture & History as Engines for Urban Revitalization

CULTURAL EXCHANGES: The Quema House: Its Role in Making Vigan a World Heritage Site, Creating Community and Fostering Values through Filipino Design, Fulfilling Community Aspirations -- Redevelopment of the Cebu Waterfront, Realizing the Dream: The Kauai Philippine Cultural Center, A Place for All

Oct 13 4:00PM–5:30PM · Sessions

Workforce a Global Commodity? Its Role in the Filipino Diaspora, Hawaii’s Sakada Roots & Immigrants’ Role in the Hawaii Economy

PEOPLE-TO-PEOPLE TIES: The mass migration of Filipinos to different parts of the world took a quantum leap in the 1970s due in part to the need for quality workforce in the oil-rich nations.  However, labor as an export commodity has affected families and children—whether left behind or brought up in a different milieu.  In Hawaii, the descendants of the pioneering OFWs or the sakadas continue to provide the necessary workforce but an understanding of its past is necessary to appreciate the present.  Recent workforce data show the role of immigrants in fueling the economy and how business owners consider workforce as their primary asset and describe programs to nurture this important resource, including exploring remote or a hybrid workforce.

Oct 13 5:30 PM– 6:30 PM · Stage

Fashion Showcase

Oct 13 6:30 PM– 8 PM · Sessions

Talk Story Tables - Networking 

These are more interactive, informal tables for participants to enjoy. Topic moderators can bring you up on "stage" to speak and share your thoughts.

Norman Sales, lead discussant.  Virgie Chattergy, Pepi Nieva, Maxie Pullman, Virginia Cantorna,  Sponsored by Filipino Association of University Women (FAUW)

Norman Sales, lead discussant.  Virgie Chattergy, Pepi Nieva, Maxie Pullman, Virginia Cantorna, Sponsored by Filipino Association of University Women (FAUW)

Gwen Navarette Klapperich, lead discussant Sponsored by Klapperich International Training Associates (KITA) LLC

For the first time in history, five recorded generations are present in today’s workforce. Whether employees are Traditionalists, Boomers, Gen Xers, Millennials, or Gen Zs, each generation brings their own view of the world that bears lasting business effects. But what does this mean for organizations in the Philippines and Hawaiʻi? This talk story will review not only the differences between generations in the workforce, but will cover the unique perspective of generational differences within both a Filipino and Hawaiʻi context.

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A food demo by world-renowned Chef Yana Gilbuena of the SALO Series. Sponsored by Mama Sita Foundation/Marigold Manufacturing Corporation


Lead Discussant: Clem Bautista Sponsored by the Filipino American Historical Society of Hawaii (FAHSOH)

Oct 13 8 PM– 9 PM · Networking


Meet fellow conference attendees in quick, fun speed networking!

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