Family Business Center of Hawaii

Equipping, educating and celebrating families in business

Shidler College of Business

FBC Event

All Chapters Virtual Social Event

From the comfort of your own space, enjoy a curated tasting led by CEO Dr. Gunars Valkirs.  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 the overall leadership, strategic vision, and financial vitality of MKEC.