The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii
e-Voice of Business
November 27, 2013

In this November 27, 2013 edition:

President's Message
'Talk Story' with Governor Neil Abercrombie and Cabinet Members
Hawaii’s Leaders Have Opportunity to Get in SHAPE with U.S. Military Commanders
Plan Ahead for 2014 Sponsorship Opportunities

President's Message

Growing up in the Big Island town of Hilo, where local, small businesses dominate the economic landscape, I witnessed the labor of love that my Japan-raised mother had for her business. She started and operated a travel agency which, at its peak, had 10 employees and now has one full-time and one part-time employee. I've witnessed how technology forced her to change her business model and how she had to count every penny just to keep her doors open.

Nevertheless, her passion, as well as her hopes for a piece of the American dream, trumped the difficulties she faced. She made the necessary changes and, to this day, still operates "Naomi's World Travel."
There are thousands of small-business owners like my mother and we all know someone who has invested their heart and soul into their own labor of love. So, please stop and shop at a local, small business on "Small Business Saturday," the first Saturday following Thanksgiving, designated nationally to encourage support of small businesses. These hard-working business owners deserve our patronage.
Also, on behalf of the Chamber 'Ohana, have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving. Our team is truly grateful for your membership and we are here to serve you.

Laulima & mahalo,
Sherry Menor-McNamara
President & CEO


Register Now: 'Talk Story' with Governor Neil Abercrombie and Cabinet Members

Our ‘Talk Story’ with Governor Neil Abercrombie and various members of his Cabinet is next week Friday, December 6, 2013, from 11:45am-1:30pm at The Plaza Club.

Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy lunch with the Governor and his Cabinet, allowing time for informal conversation, followed by comments by the Governor. Top issues to be discussed will include an outlook for 2014, including  the economy and the state’s fiscal situation. Attendees will also have the opportunity to discuss their concerns and raise questions during a Q&A session following the presentation.
Cabinet Members and/or staff anticipated to be in attendance include: 
  • William Aila, Chairman, Department of Land and Natural Resources
  • Sonny Bhagowalia, Chief Information Officer, Office of Information Management and Technology
  • Tony Ching, Director, Hawaii Community Development Authority
  • Scott Enright, Deputy Chair, Department of Agriculture
  • Leila Kagawa, Deputy Director, Department of Human Resources Development
  • Richard Lim, Director, Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism
  • Kealii Lopez, Director, Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs
  • Pat McManaman, Director, Department of Human Services
  • Dean Seki, Controller, Department of Accounting and General Services
  • Russel Suzuki, Attorney General, Department of the Attorney General
  • Dwight Takamine, Director, Department of Labor and Industrial Relations
  • Jadine Urasaki, Deputy Director for Capital Improvement Projects, Department of Transportation
  • Josh Wisch, Deputy Director Department of Taxation
  • Keith Yamamoto, First Deputy Director, Department of Health
  • Darrell Young, Deputy Chair, Department of Hawaiian Home Lands
  • Kalbert Young, Director, Department of Budget and Finance
The deadline to register is Monday, December 2. Limited seating is available, REGISTER NOW.

Mahalo to our sponsors, Sunetric, HMAA, Hawaii Pacific Health and Hunt Companies. Sponsorships are still available, please contact Pono Chong for more information.

Hawaii’s Leaders Have Opportunity to Get in SHAPE with U.S. Military Commanders
The Chamber and its Military Affairs Council (MAC) will be hosting its 13th Annual Hawaii Military Partnership Conference on January 7, 2014 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Coral Ballroom from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This year’s theme is SHAPE – Security: Hawaii & the Asia Pacific Economy. 
This annual event gathers government and business leaders to receive first-hand views from our nation’s senior commanders who engage with leaders from 36 Asia Pacific countries to strengthen alliances and partnerships ensuring a secure and prosperous region and safeguarding U.S. national interest.
The conference will also address the serious impacts of sequestration and how budget cuts will filter down to impact military bases and programs. Military commands in Hawaii have already experienced hundreds of millions of dollars in spending cuts, and substantially more is expected if Congress fails to approve a defense budget to avoid sequestration. Communities and businesses adjacent to or surrounding Schofield Barracks, Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, Fort Shafter, Marine Corps Base Hawaii and the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, are especially vulnerable to severe impacts. 
SHAPE’s scheduled presentations include:

  • Lt. General Thomas Conant, Deputy Commander, U.S. Pacific Command
  • General Herbert Carlisle, Commander, Pacific Air Forces
  • General Vincent Brooks, Commanding General, U.S. Army Pacific
  • Admiral Harry Harris, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet
  • Lt General Terry Robling, Commander, Marine Forces Pacific
  • Rear Admiral Cari Thomas, Commander, 14th Coast Guard District
  • Major General Darryll Wong, Commander, Hawaii National Guard

Governor Neil Abercrombie is scheduled to speak at the luncheon and introduce the keynote speaker, Admiral Samuel J. Locklear, III, Commander, U.S. Pacific Command. Admiral Locklear spends much of his time traveling throughout the Asia Pacific and meeting with the heads of state, defense ministers and military chiefs. His discussion on these visits will be interesting.
SHAPE will serve to help government and business leaders better understand the issues that could disrupt and impact Hawaii’s communities and economies.  
Save yourself a seat and REGISTER NOW, or CLICK HERE to download the PDF flyer.

Contact Us for 2014 Sponsorship Opportunities

In preparation for the new year, which is fast approaching, we’ll soon be sharing our 2014 event sponsorship calendar. As a great way to leverage your exposure to our approximately 1,000 member organizations, we encourage you to plan ahead and consider sponsoring an upcoming Chamber event. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, email Kyle Okamura or call him at (808) 545-4300, x317.

The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii welcomes Lynette Ching as our newest account executive, responsible for identifying and actively developing new members and marketing membership services, as well as ensuring our members fully reap the benefits of their Chamber membership.
Lynette most recently served as project manager for Sesame Street Live, overseeing promotions and advertising for the production. She brings more than 20 years of direct sales and advertising experience to the Chamber, including broadcast sales with KSSK Radio, COX Radio Hawaii and New Wave Broadcasting. We are excited to welcome her on board, and look forward to building our membership with her support.
Our 2014 Business Membership Networking Directory is also being delivered over the next couple of weeks. The directory serves as a valuable business tool containing information about the Chamber’s business and economic development initiatives over the past year, our legislative activities, and information regarding our departments and committees, as well as a comprehensive list of member organizations and their contact information.

Contact Us!