Makana Risser Chai

Certified Speaking Professional, Lawyer, Massage Therapist, Author

Makana Risser ChaiBiographical Information
Make your meeting memorable with interactive workshops combining the latest research in business, medicine and psychology with ancient ways of knowing. Blending head, heart and humor, Makana’s programs focusing on bottom-line results deliver ROI for business audiences, while her relaxation workshops with massage, meditation and yoga are ideal for incentive and spouse programs.

“The participants left inspired and motivated to start using the techniques to become more effective and engaged in their work.” - Irene Okamura, County of Hawaii

Certified in the top 10% of speakers by the National Speakers Association, former CEO of a small Silicon Valley company, and author of a book on traditional Hawaiian healing from the Bishop Museum, she entertains groups with an “Only in Hawaii” message with universal appeal. -

"You truly engaged our participants in a fun and informative way." - Mary Lou Cooper, Council of State Governments, West

Makana works with a group of Native Hawaiian speakers, emcees, and cultural guides who provide meetings with unique perspectives and transformational experiences. -


Speech Titles / Topics

  1. Work-Life Balance: From Stressed to Best
  2. Change Management: Surf the Waves of Change
  3. Stress Reduction: Massage, Yoga & Meditation in Paradise
  4. HR Law: Creating a Respectful Workplace
  5. Customer Service: Why We Don’t Call It Customer Service
  6. Dealing with Difficult People: Self-Defense at Work
  7. Aloha at Work: Compassion in Action
  8. Team Building: Journey by Canoe
  9. Team Building: Lomilomi Massage Workshop
  10. Team Building: Hula Workshop
  11. Walking Tours: History, Culture, Music, Shopping, Spas
  12. Forgiveness at Work: Forgive for Good
  13. Spirituality: A Spiritual Experience


Past Organizations Addressed
Makana has presented in the UK, Australia, and 37 US states for companies such as DuPont, Oracle, Adobe, and Blue Cross, and in Hawaii to these organizations: American Association of Orthodontists, Association of General Contractors, Air Conditioning and Mechanical Contractors' Association (Australia), Council of State Governments West, Western Textile Services Association, Independent Community Bankers Association, US Department of Housing and Urban Development, California Independent Grocers Association, US Navy Pearl Harbor Center for Excellence, Soroptimist International, Student & Youth Travel Association, Veteran's Administration, Young Presidents Organization Pittsburgh, Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance, Hawaii Gas Company, Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii Department of Education, Hawaii Society of Certified Public Accountants, Halekulani Hotel, County of Hawaii, County of Maui, Hawaii Pacific University, Honolulu Cookie Company, Kamehameha Schools, Hawaii USA Federal Credit Union, Hawaii Athletic Trainers Association, Goodwill Industries, Hawaii Government Employees Association, Hawaii Conference on Child Abuse, Hawaii Waiver Providers Association