September 7, 2022
Member News



Navy Water System Contamination Follow-Up Health Survey
A public health team from the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (CDC/ATSDR) is conducting a follow-up survey to learn more about the experience of people affected by the petroleum contamination in the U.S. Navy’s Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam drinking water system.

The initial survey was conducted in January and February 2022 and had over 2200 participants. This follow-up survey will evaluate on-going public health impacts and assess people’s water usage and attitudes toward the water system. For a summary of the initial survey results, please click link below.
Civilians and members of the military who were in the area served by the Navy water system between November 20, 2021 and March 18, 2022 can participate in the survey. People who worked, but did not live, in the area may participate. The information the team collects will help DOH better understand the impacts of this contamination event and determine what steps are needed to protect the health of people who were exposed. It will also help DOH prepare for future incidents. Results will be summarized in a report that will be made publicly available.
Read Initial Survey Results Here
Click Here To Participate in Follow-Up Survey


172nd Annual Membership Luncheon presented
by Alaska Airlines
Join the Chamber as we celebrate our 172nd anniversary by being back-in-person with our Annual Membership Luncheon presented by Alaska Airlines on Tuesday, November 15, 2022 from 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM with special keynote speaker from Microsoft Corporation, Sanjay Ravi, General Manager, Automotive, Mobility & Transportation Industry.

Register to attend to connect with the business community and celebrate the return to in-person programming featuring networking, complimentary headshot photos by Paula Ota Photography, Alaska Airlines flight coupons, award recognitions for Chamber Board Member and Young Professional of the Year, and an opportunity to win two round trip tickets on Alaska Airlines.  
For More Information and To Register To Attend
New Podcast Episode:
Hawaiian Telcom Connecting and Empowering our Hawaii

On this episode of the Voice of Business Podcast presented by ALTRES, Jo McGarry interviews Su Shin,President & General Manager of Hawaiian Telcom.

Shin discusses her non-traditional career pathway from journalism to communications to Hawaiian Telcom’s first female president in the company’s 135-year history.

Listen to this podcast and learn about the importance of Hawaiian Telcom’s strategy towards diversity, equity and inclusion. Shin also discusses the important issue of digital equity and the current digital divide that was evident throughout the pandemic.

Listen to the Podcast


Na Koa Canoe Regatta Honoring and Supporting Veterans

Launched in 2009, Na Koa Wounded Warrior Canoe Regatta was created to assist recovering troops through the ‘healing power’ of the Hawaiian waters. The first event took place at the Pearl Harbor Marina with 67 teams from the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard and other organizations.

The event has since expanded to include a Youth Division and our Gold Star Ohana in the Wounded Warrior Division. The Honolulu Navy League sponsored the event in 2013 and the Hawaii Chapter of the Association of the United States Army has hosted the event since. The regatta has quickly gained popularity in its short lifespan with nearly 1,000 participants attending the 2019 race.


Mahalo to Employers and School Partners for Presenting at Hawaii P20 WBL Convening!


The Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, in partnership with Hawaii P20 Partnerships for Education, celebrate the successful Work-Based Learning Convening that took place on September 1.

The virtual summit brought together 270+ employers, educators, legislators, and post-secondary and community partners to learn about ways all parties could get involved in work-based learning. The Chamber helped to coordinate three sessions for the convening that centered on post-secondary internships, Sector Partnerships and an ask-an-educator panel. The Chamber hopes the sessions provided new resources and ideas for work-based learning in the future. Recordings will soon be available at the link HERE.

A special mahalo goes out to Bayada Home Healthcare, DataHouse, Iwikua, Kupu Hawaii and MAO Organic Farms for serving as employer partners for the WBL Convening. Another mahalo goes to educators from Aiea, Campbell, Kapolei, Pearl City, and Waiakea High Schools for serving as educator experts on our employer-centered Sector Partnerships and Ask-An-Educator panel.

Finally, the Chamber thanks our convening partners at Hawaii P20 Partnerships for Education and partner WBL intermediary organizations Hawaii Workforce Pipeline, Kapolei Chamber of Commerce and Kauai Economic Development Board for supporting the planning of these insightful sessions.

To get your company involved in work-based learning, please send us an email.


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