Ramsay Remigius Mahealani Taum is the founder and president of the Hawaii based Life Enhancement Institute (LEI) of the Pacific LLC. He is also Director of External Affairs and Community Partnerships at the School of Travel Industry Management (TIM) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he also lectures on host cultural values in the workplace. Born and raised in Hawaii, Ramsay is a graduate of the Kamehameha Schools, attended the United States Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. Ramsay’s eclectic background and experience in business, government and community service makes him a valuable asset in both public and private sectors and has been instrumental in for-profit and non-profit business. His work in promoting sustainable practices based on Hawaiian cultural stewardship principles and practices is acknowledged locally, nationally and internationally. In addition to being awarded the 2008 East West Centers Leadership Certificate Program’s Transformational Leadership in Sustainability, Ramsay is Hawaii Home + Remodeling, HONOLULU & Hawaii Business magazines’ “Who’s Keeping Hawaii Green” 2008 Individual Educator Honoree. A recognized cultural resource Ramsay is sought after as a keynote speaker, lecturer, trainer and facilitator. He is especially effective working with Hawaii’s travel, leisure and retail industry where he integrates Native Hawaiian cultural values and principles into contemporary business. Mentored and trained by respected kupuna (elders), he is a practitioner and instructor of several Native Hawaiian practices includinghooponopono (stress release and mediation), lomi haha (body alignment) and Kaihewalu Lua (Hawaiian combat/battle art).
Speech Titles / Topics
Keynote presentation and Facilitations:
Hawaiian Healing, Sense of Place, Battle Arts, Leadership (Hooponopono & Lua)
Personal Protection, Performance & Development
Watershed Management based on Hawaiian Ahupuaa Practices
Sustainability Development applying Cultural and Place Based Approaches
Application of Cultural/Place Based Practices in Contemporary Business
Past Organizations Addressed
Include but are not limited to: American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), American Society of Quality (ASQ), American Planning Association Indigenous Planners Division, Blue Planet Summit, State Foundation & Culture and Arts, Hawaii Department of Business Economic Development & Tourism, United States Coast Guard, Marriott International, Westin Maui Resort and Spa, Kansas City University of Medicine & Bioscience Health Policy Institute, Northern Arizona Council of Governments (NACOG), National Association of Social Workers Hawaii Chapter, Hawaii Convention Center Sales Team, Environment & Water Resource Institute (EWRI) of American, Hawaii Crop Improvement Association (HCIA), Hawaii Developers Council and Alliance, Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce, Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, Hawaii Federal Credit Union, United Nations Association, Hawaii Congress of State Planners, and many more.