Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
April 13, 2016

In this April 13, 2016 edition:

President's Message
April 18: Kona Energy Efficiency Workshop
May 2016 is Hawaii Military Appreciation Month
First Ever Business After Hours Street Food-Fest, April 28
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President's Message

Aloha Chamber members:

As the saying goes, “every penny counts.” Yesterday, Hawaii Energy (HE) provided an energy efficiency workshop for our team and quizzed us on utility costs and savings.
Did you know that heating water for a 10-minute shower costs 47 cents per person and $683 a year for a household of 4 people? That “vampire power,” electric power consumed by appliances that are plugged in, but switched off, can be as much as 10% of a household’s energy bill? That, when in use for the same amount of time, a coffee maker uses more electricity than a clothes washer?
We certainly learned a lot about energy consumption and savings from this workshop and our team is committed to practice the energy-conservation tips that we learned. While HE provided a workshop on personal energy savings, it also provides similar workshops for businesses.

The Chamber is proud to partner with HE in helping to achieve Hawaii’s goal of reducing electricity consumption. HE is the ratepayer-funded conservation and efficiency program for Hawaii, Honolulu and Maui counties. Our partnership with HE has resulted in the provision of workshops on the neighbor island to help businesses better understand what incentives and rebates are available to them, as well as learn more about energy conservation behaviors and efficiency measures.  
If you are interested in having HE conduct a workshop for you, please email Jenny Lee. Let’s work together to make every penny spent on energy consumption count and collectively reach our state’s clean energy goal.   

Laulima & mahalo,
Sherry Menor-McNamara

President & CEO

April 18: Kona Energy Efficiency Workshop

The Manufacturing in Hawaii Initiative will be holding an informative workshop in Kona on April 18 at the Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel. In partnership with the Kona-Kohala Chamber and sponsored by Hawaii Energy, INNOVATE Hawaii, Pacific Allied Products and the Department of Agriculture, the workshop will provide valuable insight on leveraging energy efficiency funding programs to increase an organization’s bottom line.
$15 to attend. Includes pupus and one beverage ticket. Complimentary parking is available onsite and pre-registration is required. Click here to sign up and for more information.

Biz Tip: Learn about the Chamber's Manufacturing in Hawaii Initiative which provides resources and seeks to enhance opportunities within the industry. 

May 2016 is Hawaii Military Appreciation Month

On Friday, May 6, Governor David Ige will officially recognize May 2016 as “Hawaii Military Appreciation Month.” For the last three years, the Military Affairs Council (MAC) has coordinated this event with the Governor’s office to kickoff a month-long series of MAC events to honor our Hawaii-based military.

Seven Hawaii-based members of the armed services will also be recognized for their dedication and commitment towards improving our community. These honorees have dedicated countless hours of their own time to clean up the environment, fix our schools, mentor our youth or coach youth sports. Although most of these individuals are stationed in Hawaii for only a few years, their volunteer efforts provide an opportunity for each of them to engage with the community and make their adopted home of Hawaii a better place.

While defense spending is significant for the state’s economy, second only to the visitor industry, many of us often lose sight of the fact that our men and women in uniform can also have an impact on our community in small but meaningful ways. 

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

First Ever Business After Hours Street Food-Fest, April 28

Join the Chamber for an evening of networking, delicious food sampling and fun at our upcoming Business After Hours Street Food-Fest on Thursday, April 28 at City Square Shopping Center.

More than 20 vendors will be sampling their foods, products and services and providing prize giveaways. 

Cost is $15 for Young Professionals, $25 for Chamber members and $35 non-Chamber members. Pupus & 2 beverages are included in registration fee. Parking available in the City Square parking lot. Click here to register and for more details. 

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