December 15, 2021


Aloha Chamber Members,

The Chamber is busily preparing for the 2022 Legislative Session, which opens on January 19. In conjunction with the opening, we are holding our 9th Annual Chamber Week, “Rallying in 2022,” as turning a new page in our economy will take all of us rallying together to move our state forward. Here’s your chance to get engaged. Line-up of activities include:

  • Tuesday, January 18
            - Rallying in 2022 Panel Discussion
            - From Hawaii to the Hill: Legislative & Policy Outlook Webinar
  • Wednesday, January 19 – Opening of Hawaii State Legislature
  • Thursday, January 20
            - Elevating Voices From the Classroom Virtual Panel
            - Legislative Meet & Greet Reception presented by Central Pacific Bank

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. 

Speaking of rallying together, the Education and Workforce Development team has been doing some amazing work connecting our students with work-based learning opportunities, as well as with mentorship programs. This afternoon, the Chamber’s Young Professionals (YP) is partnering with high school students on the YP High School Mentoring Thinkubator Summit to discuss current challenges and possible solutions. Additionally, the team created a first-ever Work-Based Learning Advisory Board comprised of students to strengthen the connection between high schools and industries. The YP program is 300 members strong and one of its most popular programs, Mentor Hawaii presented by American Savings Bank,
 which pairs young professionals with C-Suite executives for a six-month mentorship, is accepting applications beginning Monday, December 20. Interested mentees should sign up quickly, as slots fill up quickly.
While we have faced challenges over the past two years, with these types of initiatives, there are opportunities to inspire and provide hope for our future.

Laulima & mahalo,


The just-released Hawaii Energy annual report features 2020-2021 initiatives including:
  • Launch of Energy Relief Grant to help fund energy efficiency improvements for qualifying organizations hit hard by COVID, which supported more than 800 local businesses and nonprofits.  
  • COVID-related energy management trainings.
  • Creation of a Strategic Advisory Board to help broaden the impact and benefits of energy efficiency for residents and businesses.
  • Hotel Relief Bonus initiative to help the hard-hit hospitality sector with rebates of up to three times the standard amount.
Full report can be found here.


GEN Flynn hosts the Matrons of DDG 118 ​

US Army Pacific Commanding General, GEN Charlie Flynn, hosts the Matrons of DDG 118, named after the Honorable Daniel K. Inouye, U.S. Senator (Sep. 7, 1924 – Dec. 17, 2012). The purpose of the event was to honor Irene Hirano Inouye, sponsor of the USS DANIEL INOUYE, together with Matrons of Honor Jessica Inouye and Jennifer Sabas. Pictured above are the Matrons with the DDG Commanding Officer, CDR DonnAnn Gilmore.​


Efforts are underway to build Hawaii’s technology talent pipeline so companies like yours can find  local, highly skilled employees to hire for your IT-related positions. The recently released Hawaii IT Workforce Needs Report illustrates that positions such as Software Developer, Computer User Support Specialist, Computer Systems Analyst and Information Security Analyst are in high demand today and forecasted to grow in demand in the next 10 years. 

If you are interested in being a part of a Technology Sector collaborative to address workforce development opportunities, please take this one-question survey by December 22. Businesses like yours will be collaborating with government, education and philanthropy partners in 2022 to ensure our state has a local, highly trained IT talent pipeline to support this growing sector.


If you’ve been inspired by a successful entrepreneur in the Hawaii community — or are one yourself — submit a nomination to our Entrepreneur Awards categories.
Deadline to nominate is December 27, 2021
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Renewing Members
American Cancer Society, Inc.      
American Customs Brokerage Company, Inc.      
American Savings Bank      
Ba-Le Inc. dba La Tour Bakehouse      
City Mill Company, Ltd.      
CS Accounting & Tax Services Inc.      
Cutter Management Co.      
Hawaii Economic Development Corporation      
Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc.      
Hawaiiana Management      
Klevansky Piper, LLP      
Oahu Workforce Development Board      
R.M. Towill Corporation      
Takamine Construction, Inc.      
TCS Honolulu      
Torkildson Katz Hetherington Harris & Knorek      
Town Center of Mililani  
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