Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
February 4, 2015

In this February 4, 2015 edition:

President's Message
Legislative Update
Mahalo for Your Support of Our Military!
Bringing Hawaii to Our Nation's Capitol
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President's Message

Aloha Chamber members:

On Monday, in conjunction with Groundhog Day, more than 100 6th, 7th and 8th grade students from Mililani Middle and Waianae and Waimanalo Intermediate schools participated in the first-ever Job Shadow Day program for middle schoolers, that was piloted as a partnership between the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, Junior Achievement Hawaii and the Department of Education. Following the success of JA’s high school job shadowing program, middle schoolers are connected with local organizations and government leaders for mentorship and as a means of identifying potential high school, college and career pathways.  
We’re very pleased with the level of support we’ve received from our business community to make this pilot program successful and to foster students’ interest and curiosity in various career options. It’s critical that we continue to invest in and inspire our youth through programs such as this, which provides a valuable hands-on learning experience that cannot be taught in a typical classroom setting.
Participating sites and representatives included: American Savings Bank, Bank of Hawaii, The Hawaii Group (HiHR), Oceanic Time Warner Cable, Oceanit, O’Connor Playdon & Guben LLP, University of Phoenix, Senator Maile Shimabukuro, Representative Chris Lee, Representative Takashi Ohno and Hawaii Supreme Court Justice Michael Wilson.

The program offers middle schoolers first-hand insight on career possibilities and educational paths by partnering them with local companies and government leaders for one-on-one mentoring. Students participate in site-visit tours, learn about a company’s corporate culture, observe employees’ daily routines and have the opportunity to ask questions.
We look forward to our continued partnership with JA and the DOE in preparing our keiki for our future workforce. Click here to view photos.

Laulima & mahalo,
Sherry Menor-McNamara

President & CEO

Legislative Update

We are two weeks into the legislative session and have reviewed the 2,000+ bills that were introduced, which included the bills in the Chamber’s Business Package. In addition to our package, we've identified more than 200 bills that impact business and intend to track and testify on most of them. These bills now go to our policy committees for review and analysis to determine what position the Chamber should take on them. We will provide you with a complete list soon.
Throughout the session, we will be sending Action Alerts on certain bills that will allow you to provide testimony or letters to committee chairs and your legislators. The system is easy to use and takes only a few minutes to respond. Using this system for the past several years, we've seen votes change as a result of our members’ participation.
We strongly encourage you to respond to the Alerts and make your voice heard, as well as forward them to your colleagues. Click here for information on other ways to get involved and help create a better business climate

Mahalo for Your Support of Our Military!

Mahalo to the many who supported the “Keep Hawaii’s Heroes” (KHH) initiative. Through your efforts, we exceeded our goal and collected more than 42,000 signatures in support of the Army’s presence in Hawaii.
On both nights of the Listening Sessions, Army representatives patiently listened to hours of testimony from elected officials from all levels of government - our Congressional Delegation, Governor, House & Senate members, Mayor Caldwell (KHH Co-Chair), Honolulu City Council Chair and Neighborhood Boards - and community members from across our state. Each session was well attended and ran more than five hours, twice the allotted time.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported that supporters outnumbered critics about 10 to 1 at the Leilehua High School session on Wednesday. Click here to read coverage. Many thanks to all of the businesses, community organizations, unions and government officials who came together to show that we are committed to Keeping Hawaii's Heroes.
With the success of KHH, we want to continue this momentum into Military Appreciation Month in May!

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

Bringing Hawaii to Our Nations' Capitol

More than 20 companies have already signed up for our 2nd annual Hawaii on the Hill, June 9-10 at Washington, D.C. The initiative is an opportunity for Hawaii businesses to showcase the 50th state’s food, culture and industries with members of Congress, national association executives and other representatives.
The two-day itinerary includes a welcome reception at Google’s DC headquarters; Talk Story with Senator Hirono; tours of the White House, Capitol Hill and National Parks; a Legislative Policy Forum; and is capped off by the Taste of Hawaii on the Hill event, which drew more than 1,000 attendees last year.
This year’s Hawaii on the Hill is anticipated to draw even more company participants and a larger crowd at the Taste of Hawaii on the Hill, and feature an expanded, industry-targeted Legislative Policy Forum with Congressional committee leaders and representatives.
For more information on how you can participate and bring your products, services and goods to the forefront with our nation’s leaders, please click here.

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