On September 24, 2020, the Professional Women’s Network will hold a virtual luncheon meeting on Zoom with three Hawaiian women with different areas of expertise. Joining us will be Francine Park Palama, Makanalani Malia Gomes, and Kanoe Gibson. Meet our panel:
Francine Park Palama, champion surfer and author of The Last of the Golden Years in Surfing, also coproduced the documentary, Waikiki: Riding the Waves of Change, and was a consultant to Paving the Wave. She holds a PhD in Indigenous Architecture from UH Manoa. As a native Hawaiian, she is active in community-based projects, sits on several boards and volunteers to help the less fortunate. A great grandmother, grandmother, and mother, she is at home on the Windward coast of Oahu.
Makanalani Malia Gomes earned her BA in Political Science with honors and Sociology/ Anthropology from Manhattanville College in New York while playing collegiate volleyball. She also attended the U of Waikato in Hamilton Aotearoa, New Zealand studying Māori and Pacific Development. Currently a graduate student at Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies at UH Manoa, when completed she plans to pursue a doctorate in Indigenous Trauma. Her passions include indigenous rights and activism, fighting for transnational feminism, and aloha ʻāina.
Kanoe Gibson, public speaker, singer, and business owner, currently hosts the Emmy-award-winning HI Now on Hawaii News Now TV. She and her husband Gye Nitta own Nitta Fishing Innovations. Kanoe holds a Bachelor degree in Marketing and Management from UH. She made Hawaii proud as first runner-up to Miss America 2004 after winning the title of Miss Hawaii 2003. However, she is most proud of her roles as wife and mother of two children.
Guests are welcome. Please RSVP now to Carol@440int.com so we can send you the link and pw to join this PWN Zoom Lunchbreak. Sign in between 11:30 and noon. The meeting runs noon – 1:30 p.m.