Chamber of Commerce Hawaii

In this February 15, 2017 edition:

Reserve Your Table for 2017 HFMA TASTE Awards
MAC Leg Update
25+ Executives Attending YP Launch Party

President's Message

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,

Sherry Menor-McNamara
President & CEO

Business Advocacy

Reserve Your Table for 2017 HFMA TASTE Awards

Hawaii Food Manufacturers Association is hosting the 4th annual TASTE Awards on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Pomaika`i Ballrooms at Dole Cannery from 6pm-9:30pm. The TASTE Awards celebrates the achievements in Hawaii’s food manufacturing industry and highlights the stories behind successful companies and their products. In addition to the award presentations, there will be a Battle of the Chefs – featuring Chef Shaymus Alwin of Azure Restaurant at The Royal Hawaiian, Chef James Aptakin with Layers of Flavor and Chef Russell Siu of 3660 on the Rise and Kakaako Kitchen.

Mark your calendars and reserve your table today by visiting
Learn more about the Chamber's Business Advocacy program.

Military Affairs

MAC Leg Update

Here are bills the Military Affairs Council is monitoring during this session. Click the links for measure status.

  • SB955:  Relating to Homeland Security
    • Programmatically ties the Hawaii State Fusion Center to the State Office of Homeland Security and formally establishes the position of Fusion Center Director.
    • Position:  SUPPORT
  • SB1259:  Relating to Underground Storage Tanks
    • Requires Dept. of Health to adopt rules for underground storage tanks and tank systems that conform with certain federal regulations and that include additional requirements.
    • The measure is specifically targeting the Red Hill fuel facility.  This bill would effectively shut down this critically important facility.
    • Position:  OPPOSE
  • HB598:  Relating to Cybersecurity
    • Provides seed money to UH’s Office of the VP for Research and Innovation to establish a Cyber Hawaii pilot project.
    • Position:  SUPPORT

Learn more about the Chamber's Military Affairs program.

Membership News

25+ Executives Attending YP Launch Party
The Chamber Young Professionals Exec Connect and PDC Launch Party is next week, Thursday, February 23, at Dave & Buster's rooftop from 5:30 - 7:30 pm. 

25+ top-level Hawaii business executives will be there from various industries. This is a great opportunity to network and "talk story" with leading members of the business community. Please share this event with your colleagues!


Check out our Member Spotlight page and special Member-to-Member discount offers.
Chamber Events:
Feb. 23: YP 2017 Exec Connect and PDC Launch Party

Mar. 18: Mad About March HORSE Tournament

Member Events:
Feb. 15: 1132 Bishop Street Blood Drive

Feb. 23: Hawaii SBDC Presents State Procurement 101

Feb. 28: Pathways to Profits: Business Model Canvas “Hands-on Workshop”

Apr. 8: YMCA of Honolulu Healthy Kids Day

ProService HR Training Schedule (PDF)

Neighbor Island Chamber News:
Hawaii Island

Hawaii Congressional Delegation News:
U.S. Senator Brian Schatz
U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono
U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa
U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard

Other Member News
Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker – SBA Update with Jane Sawyer

DevLeague Surpasses 100 Graduates in its Accelerated Learning Program for Software Developer Talent

Clear Channel Airports Signs 10-Year Agreement with Honolulu International Airport (HNL) to Provide Comprehensive Digital Media Program


Mahalo to our Investors' Circle Members!

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