Member News
June 8, 2022



The 2022 election will be a crucial one for the State of Hawaii, with the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and all legislators up for election. The primary election is August 13 and the general election is November 8. If you are not registered to vote, register online by clicking here. All voters will have access to mail-in ballots, which are scheduled to arrive in mailboxes on July 26 for the primary and October 21 for the general. There is no deadline to register to vote. However, based on mailing timelines near Election Day, it is recommended that voters visit a voter service center to ensure they are able to receive and vote their ballot. Voter service centers are open from August 1-13 for the primary, and from October 25-November 8 for the general (excluding Sundays). For any questions or assistance with registering, email the Chamber's AVP of Business Advocacy & Development, Trevor Abarzua.


Hawaii's housing instability impacts our entire community, including employers, healthcare providers and the workforce. From not being able to retain workforce due to the high cost of housing, to not being able to recruit top talent due to the lack of housing options, to low workforce productivity and individual health concerns due to the stress of trying to afford to live in Hawaii, health and housing issues are inter-related. 

Join the webinar on Wednesday, June 15 at 10:00 AM to hear from industry leaders on potential solutions to reduce the housing instability and support a strong and healthy workforce:
  • Housing & HealthcareHilton R. Raethel, MPH, MHA, President & Chief Executive Officer, Healthcare Association of Hawaii
  • Removing Financial Barriers to Owning a HomeBob Harrison, Chairman, President & CEO, First Hawaiian Bank
  • Innovative Supply SolutionsChristine Camp, President & CEO, Avalon Development Company, Hawaii
  • Legislature 2022 Housing BillsRepresentative Ryan Yamane
  • Moderated byDavid Tumilowicz, Senior Director, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii
Click Here to Register

Paul Kosasa has lived through many crises, from 9/11 to the global pandemic, and through it all, he draws his strength from the memory of his parents who were interned in camps during World War II.
“Crisis is a learning opportunity. What can we learn from this?”
On this episode of the Voice of Business podcast presented by Altres, Kosasa shares how he started at the bottom and worked in the trenches, his humble leadership style, and personal values of hope and trust, and advice on how to continue to innovate for continued growth and success.
Kosasa is an American businessman, philanthropist and President and CEO of ABC Stores, a chain of resort convenience stores throughout Hawaii, Las Vegas and Guam. ABC Stores was founded by his parents, Sidney and Minnie Kosasa, in 1964 and currently employs over 1,500 people.

Listen to the Podcast


Daniel K. Akaka State Veterans Home

On the latest episode of Miltary in Hawaii, host of ThinkTech Hawaii, Jay Fidell, spoke with Thomas M. Driskill about the Daniel K. Akaka State Veterans Home and its progress.

Watch the Latest Episode


The Chamber's Education and Workforce Development team extend a huge congratulations and best wishes to all graduates on your exciting, new chapter! It is an honor to be a part of your educational journey and we look forward to continuing to support you as you explore various college, career and training opportunities to help you succeed well into the future. 
For college and career readiness information, including local job opportunities available now, check out our partners at
College is Within Reach and Hawaii is Hiring.


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