July 27, 2022
Member News



This year’s election will be the second time Hawaii will use mail-in voting, which debuted in the 2020 election cycle during the beginning of the pandemic. The state legislature passed a law in 2018 that made voting by mail uniform throughout the state. The law also established voter service centers for accessible in-person voting and same-day voter registration.

Ballots must be received by county election offices no later than 7:00pm on Election Day, which is August 13th for the primary and November 8th for the general election. You should consider delivery delays as well – so get in your ballots quick!

For more information on candidates, visit the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s special on the races


On this special edition of the Voice of Business Podcast presented by ALTRES focused on Education and Workforce Development, Jo McGarry interviews Eddie Ontai, President of DataHouse Consulting, Inc., and Keala Peters, Executive Vice President, Education and Workforce Development at the Chamber. Ontai and Peters discuss the exciting IT Sector Partnership collaborative that is bringing employers, community partners and educators together to build a local, highly skilled IT workforce. 

Technology skills are needed in every sector in Hawaii, with the demand for talent outpacing the current supply.  We can keep our top talent in the islands while ensuring local businesses do not have to recruit from the mainland. Listen and learn how you can join over 70 local businesses to build a bridge between the education system and the business community to help Hawaii’s youth get ready to thrive in local IT jobs. 

Listen to the Podcast


Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Tour

As part of RIMPAC, Admiral Paparo, Pacific Fleet Commander, took the Military Affairs Council (MAC) and other key community leaders on a guided showing through Pearl Harbor, where many of the participating ships of various countries could be seen.

The tour highlighted the purpose of RIMPAC, which is to maintain a free and open Indo-Pacific.


On behalf of the Chamber, we'd like to wish all students, educators, counselors, administrators and school support staff a great start to the new school year! We are excited to continue providing high-quality work-based learning experiences throughout the school year including virtual tours, in-person field trips, industry partner guest speakers, mentoring, internships and more.

Mahalo to our employers for their generosity with their ime and expertise. Our collective efforts between industry and education continue to strengthen our local talent pipeline so that every student in Hawaii will have access to a meaningful and high-wage career in the future.

For more information about work-based learning opportunities, send the Chamber’s Education & Workforce Development team an email.


The Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association (NaHHA) in partnership with the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority and the University of Hawaiʻi invites you to participate in a resource project. The purpose of this survey is to include your valuable feedback in a study on the current certification process for tour guides in Hawaiʻi and will be used to consider the possible future formulation and implementation of a formal licensing process in the future.
Anyone can participate. Feedback is not limited to those in the tourism industry.  All of the information gathered in this study will be kept completely confidential. 

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