Aloha Chamber members:
As part of our initiative to improve the quality of life for the people of Hawaii, the Chamber serves as trustee of the Public Health Fund (PHF). In 1899, a bubonic plague epidemic closed Honolulu Harbor and quarantined part of Honolulu. In an effort to exterminate rats from the wharves and prevent future epidemics, a committee of shipping company representatives and importers assessed themselves 10 cents per ton of imports for rat control.
Fifteen years later, the Public Health Committee of the Chamber of Commerce of Honolulu accepted responsibility for collecting the voluntary assessments and disbursing funds for public health programs. In 1923, the Equity Court formally appointed the Chamber as trustee of what is now known as the Public Health Fund and directed it to limit grants to public health activities within the C&C of Honolulu. Assessments were discontinued in 1950. Since then, grant awards have been made from interest and dividends received from investment of principal.
Grants are made for projects involving public health education and research for which funds are not available from other sources. Preference is given to projects that are collaborative. Applicants must be non-profits operating on Oahu in public health-related activities. To date, many non-profits have benefitted from PHF grants. We are proud and honored to have made a positive difference for these organizations. Mahalo to the PHF Advisory Committee for their volunteerism, dedication and commitment, as well as to Licia Hill, the fund’s new administrator. The Chamber looks forward to continuing to support projects that can truly impact the health of our residents.
More news…exhibit tables for the Taste of Hawaii event as part of our annual Hawaii on the Hill initiative, June 13-14, 2017, are SOLD OUT! Mahalo to those organizations who have already signed up to join this year’s effort to showcase Hawaii products and industries to policymakers on Capitol Hill. Registration is still open for those interested in attending.
Going into our fourth year, HOH promises to be bigger and better than ever. We are very fortunate to have Senate President Ron Kouchi serving as Honorary State Chair, as well as Mayor Carvalho and Councilman Mel Rapozo serving as Honorary Chair and Vice Chair, respectively, for Kauai, and Mayor Arakawa serving as Honorary Chair for Maui.
Laulima & mahalo,
President & CEO