Kit ZuluetaKit Zulueta Productions can help you with marketing materials, online presence, audio-visual presentations, and you know what, I’ll even cook, bake, run, sew, cut hair, sell tickets, perform, model, and do anything colorful and exciting for your event!

I bring a lot of creativity into my work because I never stop learning. I studied Film at the University of the Philippines, and thereafter became a TV segment producer, an e-mail marketing specialist, a team-building & events coordinator, a book publisher, then entered the wonderful world of politics as an executive assistant to a Philippine Senator.

And then my whole world spun around when I made a life-changing decision to move to the Aloha State in 2008. I was introduced to new things. I got to work with Curious George, Clifford and the Sesame Street gang in PBS Hawaii (Hawaii Public Television) as a Development Specialist and learned the best practices of the nonprofit world and TV production.

I fell in love with Hawaii while still in love with the Philippines. I feel I have the best of both worlds.

I moved to Maui and sharpened my skills in photography, video production, web design, and graphics. I did branding for corporate incentive programs, project graduations, weddings, fundraisers, and a whole range of interesting creative projects. It was great. It was fun. It was so much fun.

Then on a flip of a page, I’m back in politics.  I worked in the Office of Mayor Alan Arakawa for the County of Maui as his Deputy Chief of Staff. From the executive branch, I gained deeper knowledge about the legislative process working for the Maui County Council as the Office of Council Services’ Communication Director.

Then finally, another break from politics – I get to put away the high heels. I now work as Marketing Director for the University of Hawaii Maui College. Sometimes I wear shorts and sneakers to work. I totally love it. The college also has a group of community leaders advocating for higher education called Kabalikat Council, which I’m a part of.

To keep up with my alma mater’s mission to promote excellence, I strive to look for my co-isko and iskas as an officer for the University of the Philippines Alumni Association of Hawaii. Tambay hours with this group is always fun.

My quest to promote the Filipino culture in the United States (and the world) has been inspired by my first ‘barkada’ in Hawaii from the wonderful ladies of Filipino Association of University Women. I also currently serve as immediate past president of the Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce, and spent many nights wide awake thinking about business development ideas for our members and network.

My efforts seemed to have been recognized by the Philippine Consulate General of Honolulu and the Philippine Embassy in Washington with my being selected among hundreds of other applicants across the US as one of ten delegates for the inaugural FilAm Young Leaders Program, now FYLPRO. I currently serve as president for the organization and look forward to continuing to bridge the Philippines and the U.S.

Most recently, I’ve accepted chairmanship for Region 12 of the National Federation of Filipino-American Associations. Filipinos are the largest ethnic population in Hawaii and I think we really should have a more active role in policy making. That’s what I would like to accomplish with NaFFAA.

In 2015, I graduated from a year-long leadership program called Ka Ipu Kukui on Maui. This program helped me learn about myself and the role we all play in community building.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I wear a black belt and help teach Karate at the Kahului Jodo Mission.

I’ve always loved nature and animals. My family’s special happy place is by kilometer 156 in San Marcelino, Zambales – a mango farm of happy memories and of course, the world’s sweetest mangoes.

On Maui where water supply is a constant battle for ag users, Deron and I started an aquaponics business and our family of tilapias are reproducing like crazy.

I aspire to travel the world… and maybe direct my next film. But I also like to veg on the couch and watch all the K-dramas. (Oppa!)

Follow me @keeet on twitter.

Much love and aloha,

Kit

 

Updated: Sept. 30, 2017