Community networking event at Monsanto draws outstanding attendance

Nearly a hundred local business and community leaders turned out for their West/Central Oahu networking event at Monsanto’s Kunia Farm on Tuesday, November 17. It was one of the group’s most well-attended events, according to its organizers.

The ‘Business Community Networking’ group started in 2012 at a pau hana talk story session involving 12 people. On Tuesday, 92 participants came out for the Monsanto-hosted event.

“We believe that when we get to know and care about our neighbors, we build stronger and safer communities. As a result we will all benefit and prosper,” said event organizer Terry Tanaka of Central Pacific Bank. “The turnout for the event hosted by Monsanto Hawaii was one of our largest attended events. A big thank you to Monsanto Hawaii for sharing your time and expertise to help us on the journey to building stronger and safer communities.”

While the main purpose of the event was to allow its members to network with each other, as host, Monsanto Hawaii was asked to share their unique story with the group.

“It was invigorating to meet so many outstanding members of the community, spanning a number of arenas including business, non-profit and education,” said John Purcell, business and technology lead at Monsanto Hawaii. “We appreciated being a part of this dynamic networking event, and were very glad to share the evening with valued community partners like the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, Hawaii Agricultural Foundation, Ho Farms and Kamiya Papaya.”

Purcell hopes that Monsanto Hawaii can continue the conversation through similar get-togethers. “It was a terrific evening, we learned a lot about what other community members are doing, and we look forward to future partnering opportunities with the BCN and other groups.”

The BCN organizes events at various locations in West and Central Oahu. For more information about hosting a BCN event, please contact Terry Tanaka at (808) 544-5107 or email