September 14, 2022
Member News


Aloha Chamber Members,

After a few months on sabbatical leave, I’ve returned to the Chamber full-time. The past year has certainly been a humbling, exciting and inspirational journey. One of the highlights was meeting so many people from different backgrounds across the islands and hearing their stories. It’s clear that there is much work that needs to be done to get our state back on track, rebuild a stronger and more resilient economy and work together for our future.
The Chamber is playing a pivotal role in these areas through our work on the advocacy front, economic development, small business support, 4HI policy committees, education and workforce development, and our events and programs. Your investment and engagement are critical to help the Chamber elevate our efforts, so we are grateful for your commitment and support. 
I would like to extend my sincere appreciation and gratitude to the Chamber team for their understanding and support in allowing me to pursue this journey, their continued commitment to steer the ship forward to greater accomplishments for our community, and for holding down the fort during my absence. I am so proud of our team and couldn’t have asked for a better ensemble to get things done.


Mahalo to Torkildson Katz for Another Successful
Employment Law Seminar
The annual Employment Law Seminar reached its 29th year when it convened on August 26The seminar was back in person and brought hundreds of HR and employment law professionals together from throughout the state.

Registrants heard from experts with Torkildson Katz on topics like “Legal Compliance Issues with Hybrid Work” and a funny, yet informative, Kardashian-themed “Unreasonable Accommodations."

The Chamber would extends a huge mahalo to the main sponsor and partner in coordinating the event, Torklidson Katz, a Law Corporation. If you would like additional information about the Employment Law Seminar and participate next year, please reach out to our AVP of Business Advocacy, Trevor Abarzua –
In case you missed the Employment Law Seminar 2022, you can still purchase the 2022 Desk Manual and indispensable resource for personnel matters. The Desk Manual published by Torkildson Katz A Law Corporation contains more than 30 chapters of comprehensive and updated descriptions of federal and Hawaii labor and employment law and issues.
A practical reference manual to use when confronted with the ever-changing nature of employment-related challenges of running a business is updated annually and available now.
Desk Manuals are available to be shipped to your office for $215.
Click Here to Place Your Order


New Podcast Episode:
Expanding Education and Workforce Opportunities to Hawaii's Incarcerated Populations

On this episode of the Voice of Business Podcast presented by ALTRES, Jo McGarry interviews Katie Kaahanui, Program Manager of Hawaii is Hiring at the Chamber, on the importance of expanding education and training programs to Hawaii's incarcerated population.

Kaahanui discusses her volunteer work through the Women’s Community Correctional Center and Halawa Correctional Facility and how she continuously advocates for providing critically needed resources for individuals re-entering the community. As an academic tutor to incarcerated students who are pursuing their Associate Business Degree at Chaminade University, Kaahanui is passionate about breaking the cycles of crime and helping inmates to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.

Through her work at the Chamber with the Hawaii is Hiring program, Kaahanui also sits on the Hawaii team for the U.S Chamber's Smart Justice Initiative which comprises of Chambers throughout the nation working towards elevating this important workforce development issue. Listen and learn more about this fascinating topic from a unique workforce development perspective.

Listen to the Podcast


Nainoa Hoe Scholarship Awarded

Congratulations to University of Hawaii Army ROTC Cadet Maria Banaza, also a U.S. Army Reserve unit supply specialist and University of Hawaii - West Oahu student, for receiving this year's #NainoaHoeScholarshipofHonorAward!

Gen. Charles A. Flynn, U.S. Army Pacific commanding general, presents UH Army ROTC Cadet Maria Banaza with a medallion for earning the 15th Annual Nainoa Hoe #Scholarship of Honor award on August 28 during a special military polo event at the Honolulu Polo Club.

The scholarship honors the legacy of service of 1LT Nainoa Hoe, the son of Mr. Allen Hoe, HPC president. Hoe was a UH ROTC graduate and member of the 25th Infantry Division. He was killed in action in January 2005 in Iraq.


Hawaii Employers Connect With Local Jobseekers at Hawaii is Hiring Virtual Job Fair

We’d like to extend our thanks to each of the local employers that took part in the Hawaii is Hiring Virtual Job Fair today. Jobseekers throughout the state were able to chat one-on-one with recruiters representing industries such as business, construction, banking & finance, energy, non-profit, retail, healthcare and more. 

As we strive to get residents back to work in Hawaii’s in-demand and growing industries, we look forward to continuing to be a resource for local employers to share their opportunities and find high-quality local talent in today’s market.

Hawaii is Hiring serves as a statewide resource connecting local employers to local talent by sharing the various employment, education and training opportunities currently available to residents. We encourage you to check out our job board, as well as our internship and apprenticeship pages if you’re curious about what’s out there!

If you’re a local company interested in sharing your available opportunities or would like to learn more about the ways Hawaii is Hiring can support your hiring needs, send us an email


Join us for Business After Hours presented by International Market Place and Hub Coworking on Wednesday, October 19, 5:00 - 7:00 PM.
Enjoy a dine around format at International Market Place that begins at Hub Coworking and moves to the grass lawn on Level 3 for light pupus and beverages by Kuhio Food Hall, and enjoy outdoor networking and ambiance.
Guests will have an exclusive view of planet Saturn and its rings through a 7-foot-tall telescope. Stargazers of Hawaii will be in attendance to give a unique experience under the stars that you will not forget.

Register here.
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