August 10, 2022
Member News



Commit to Keiki is a non-partisan movement to ensure that Hawaii’s next Governor will take care of our youngest keiki and their ʻohana. The Chamber is a supporter of the initiative because of the policy affects it has on our economy. In addition to the benefits to our keiki, investing in our young children has long-term benefits to our entire community and its economic vitality. Funds spent on high-quality efforts targeting young children are proven to be more cost effective than remedial efforts later in life. And these efforts show a 6-to-1 return on investment to the community in the form of greater earning potential and lower costs in areas such as health care.
We are asking you, as the business leader, to create a short video, taken in portrait mode and speaking directly to Hawaii decision makers.
  1. Briefly introduce yourself and share a little about your family.
  2. Share something that has been a struggle for you, your young children, and/or your family.
  3. Tell decision makers what you need from them… what would have helped you in your struggle?
If you are interested in participating or have questions, please email our AVP of Business Advocacy, Trevor Abarzua –


The Chamber of Commerce Hawaii is partnering with HTDC/INNOVATE Hawaii, DBEDT and DOA on a year-long program featuring a different local manufacturer every month.

Enjoy the three-minute behind-the-scenes segment featuring Jade Foods. Watch below!

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Her name speaks for itself - no formal bio or introduction is needed. On this edition of the Voice of Business Podcast presented by ALTRES, Jo McGarry interviews Meli James, Co-Founder of Mana Up and President of Hawaii Venture Capital Association. McGarry and James discuss Mana Up’s origin story, and how her Silicon Valley experience spurred her passion to help Hawaii’s businesses stay here and thrive here.
“If you got that hustle, you really can make anything happen.”
Listen and learn more about microbrand trends and how effective storytelling can positively impact your bottom line. Help Mana Up’s efforts to support local businesses thrive by purchasing products whose headquarters are in Hawaii or serve as an entrepreneur mentor in their Accelerator Program. For more information or to learn how your business can take part in the Accelerator Program, email
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Installations Receive Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration Challenge Funding 

The DOD Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) program announced it is awarding more than $31 million in program funds to be combined with more than $60 million in partner contribution.  Three of the nine projects that will receive awards through the 2022 REPI Challenge are in Hawaii:

Pacific Missile Range Facility Barking Sands, Hawaii

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii

Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii


Developing a strong professional network is a critical tool when it comes time to find a job. In fact, over 70% of participants in a recent LinkedIn survey reported being hired through contacts within their personal network!

In an effort to combat brain drain and keep our local talent at home, we’re inviting Hawaii’s college students and recent graduates - especially those studying on the mainland and home for the summer - to join us for Kama’aina Career Connect on August 16 from 5:30-7:30 PM at the American Savings Bank Campus. College students will have the opportunity to build their professional network and meet over 25 of Hawaii’s top executives from the IT, healthcare, finance, engineering, transportation, education and non-profit sectors. The event will be a fun, relaxed environment and is designed to inspire Hawaii residents to build their C-suite networks and pursue careers here at home.

This event is free, spots are limited, and the benefits are priceless! Register below by Friday, August 12. If you have any questions, send us an email

Register Here
Hana Career Pathways Renews Subsidized Certification and Training Programs for Hawaii Residents - with Expanded Eligibility Requirements!

University of Hawaii Community Colleges has released its Fall 2022 Hana Career Pathways courses with expanded eligibility requirements to assist more residents! The short term certification and training program  will increase employment paths to in-demand living-wage jobs in three resilient sectors—healthcare, technology, and skilled trades—to support a thriving, diverse, and resilient Hawaii. 

Tuition may be free for qualified Hawaii residents, including incumbent workers. Local employers are invited to refer their employees to apply for training to support earning industry certifications, upskilling and advancement in career pathways.

Learn more and apply at


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