Episode 12: Open for Business Series –
Female Power During COVID-19

Wednesday, Oct. 14 • 6-7pm

Online via Zoom

For this special episode of EAT THINK DRINK, the Hawai‘i Agricultural Foundation has partnered with Chamber of Commerce Hawai‘i to share the stories of female business owners in Hawai‘i as their businesses are reeling from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the impact on business have varied depending on industry, there is one group that has been particularly hit hard in America and specifically in Hawai‘i – women-owned small businesses.

Sherry Menor-McNamara, CEO of Chamber of Commerce Hawai‘i will open the discussion and introduce Lesley Gabrielle Harvey, President of the Hawaii Economic Association, who will present statistics on how women-owned business have been impacted and set the stage for attendees to hear first-hand from Hawai‘i’s powerful female business owners who have been affected by the global pandemic.

Get takeout with one of our featured #FoodAGoGo restaurants and join the the discussion at our next virtual event, EAT THINK DRINK 12: Open for Business – Female Power During COVID-19 on Wednesday, October 14 from 6-7 pm HST.

Moderator Kanoe Gibson, host of HI Now on Hawai‘i News Now, will speak to our panel of female business owners as they share their powerful stories on how they’re navigating these challenging times, what they need to survive, how they are pivoting and explore creative solutions, community partnerships and new strategies.

The panel will feature:

  • Dr. Summer Chong MD, Oahu Dermatology
  • Bernice Delos Reyes, Co-Owner, The Mango Tree Fitness and Martial Arts
  • Deidre Harvie, Owner, Owner, Zoe Lash Pro
  • Jan Hori, Co-Owner and Co-Founder, Hawaiian Pie Company
  • Summer Shiigi, Owner and Designer, TEN TOMORROW
  • Gayla Young, Owner and Founder, Pipeline Bake Shop


For this special online event, HAF has partnered with restaurants on O‘ahu, Kaua‘i, Maui and the Island of Hawai‘i to offer attendees tuning in from across the state a meal to take home and enjoy during the event. Event registration is FREE when you order takeout from one of our featured #FoodAGoGo restaurants!


Maile’s Thai Bistro
The Pizza Press
Moani Island Bar & Bistro
Nico’s Kailua

Eating House 1849 by Roy Yamaguchi at the Shops at Kukui‘ula

Hali‘imaile General Store
Down the Hatch

Island of Hawaii
Kona Brewing Co. Kona Pub

This event is in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce Hawai‘i, Hawai‘i Food Industry Association, Hawai‘i Lodging and Tourism Association, Hawai‘i Restaurant Association, Hawai‘i Retail Merchants Association.

Support HAF

Contributions go directly to supporting local farmers, ag education and outreach programs.


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