Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
e-Voice of Business
May 14, 2014

In this May 14, 2014 edition:

President's Message
Mark Your Calenders for Upcoming Chamber Events
Saving Honouliuli, a Valuable Educational Reminder of World War II
FREE for Chamber Members: FocusON-Hawaii Entrepreneurship Workshop

President's Message

Aloha Chamber Members:

Last Thursday, the Chamber hosted its first State of the Counties event during which all four mayors provided an update on their initiatives. Click on links to see coverage from KHON and Hawaii Public Radio
As a statewide business organization with membership on each major island, we felt it was important to provide our members with the opportunity to better understand the issues and progress of each county, and how we can move our wonderful state forward collectively.
We were pleased to hear about the support of business on each island and how the mayors are proactively tackling our challenges and opportunities in the areas of homelessness, renewable energy and economic development, for example.
To close the event, the four mayors led attendees in song with "Hawaii Aloha," definitely a first for a Chamber event, and a great expression of our unique Aloha Spirit.
I’m pleased to welcome new members American Lung Association in Hawaii, Ansaldo HonoluluAugie T., LLC and Parker Ranch. We are proud to have you as part of our ohana!
As a reminder, we have a few more months left for our ONE AND DONE membership drive. We encourage our members to get engaged in this initiative to achieve 2,000 members by 2016!

Laulima & mahalo,
Sherry Menor-McNamara
President & CEO

Mark Your Calendars for Upcoming Chamber Events

Today is the last day to register for Recruiting and Retaining Good Employees in a Good Economy this Friday, May 16. Mahalo to our sponsor, Bishop & Company, Inc.

Next up is our Congressional District 1 Forum on Wednesday, May 28 from 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm at the Plaza Club. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn about Democratic Primary candidates: Councilmember Anderson, Councilmember Chang, Senator Mercado Kim, Councilmember Manahan and Representative Takai.

Please save the date for our Transportation Summit. This full-day event will be held at the Hilton Hawaiian Village on June 25. An impressive line-up of speakers includes: John Manavian of Robertson Properties Group and Paul Jablonski, CEO of San Diego Metropolitan Transit System. More details to follow.

Saving Honouliuli, a Valuable Educational Reminder of World War II

A recently completed National Park Service resource study recommends adding the Honouliuli Gulch Internment Camp on Oahu to the national registry of historic World War II places. This would be a fitting inclusion documenting civil injustice experiences suffered by Hawaii’s Americans of Japanese Ancestry (AJA). Honouliuli was the primary of 17 sites associated with the history of internment in Hawaii following the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. Site construction was completed in March 1943 and it was the last, longest-used and largest prisoner-of-war camp in Hawaii, housing nearly 4,000 citizens, resident aliens and prisoners of war. The camp became part of the mass incarceration of AJAs during World War II due to “racial prejudice, wartime hysteria and lack of political leadership.”    

Click here to learn more about the restructure of our Military Affairs Council (MAC) and our MAC members.

Register Now for Upcoming FocusON, Hawaii Entrepreneurship Workshop

The Chamber will be hosting a FocusON event, Hawaii Entrepreneurship Workshop, on Wednesday, May 28, 8:00 – 10:30 am. The workshop is FREE to Chamber members and is designed for small to medium-sized businesses.
David Gillespie, advisor to UH Manoa’s Pacific Business Center and the Honolulu Development Center, will share insight on starting a business. Workshop will cover researching a start-up idea or an expansion business plan, key start-up decisions, growth and improvement strategies and tactics, first year of operation and planning for an exit strategy. To register, please click here. Mahalo to our sponsor, HMAA

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