Family Business Center of Hawaii

Equipping, educating and celebrating families in business

Shidler College of Business

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The Family Business Center of Hawai’i is a partnership between Hawaii’s family business community and the University of Hawai’i Shidler College of Business.

Established in 1995, the mission of the Family Business Center is “equipping, educating, and celebrating families in business.” The Center provides opportunities for families to address many of the challenges they face by providing educational seminars and a forum for the exchange of information between families so that they can survive and thrive through future generations.


November 13, 2020

All Island Chapters Virtual Meeting

Speaker(s): To Be Announced

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


November 20, 2020

All Chapters Virtual Social Event

Chief dreamer and visionary Dr. Gunars Valkirs heads up the company. A full-time Maui resident and retired biotech entrepreneur, Gunars started a cacao farm with the goal of making great chocolate. As the operation grew, he knew he wanted to tie it into the philanthropy that is so central to life for him and his wife JoRene. Plans for the farm, the factory and the company evolved—and MKEC’s Chocolate Kuleana took shape right along with it, creating a remarkable and admirable business model. As CEO, Gunars is responsible for overall leadership, strategic vision and financial vitality of MKEC.

Speaker(s): From the comfort of your own space, enjoy a curated tasting led by CEO Dr. Gunars Valkirs

Time: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM


December 16, 2020

Next Generation Peer Group Meeting

Time: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM