Aloha Chamber members:
In 2014, we launched our Manufacturing in Hawaii initiative with two goals in mind, to support: 1) products made in Hawaii for Hawaii and 2) the export of these products from Hawaii to the mainland and international markets. Examples of members who are part of these efforts include, Pacific Allied Products, who bottles and distributes water here for national brands reducing shipping costs and carbon footprint. La Tour Bakehouse was recently highlighted in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser for its efforts to expand to mainland Costcos. Hawaiian Chip Company is also expanding its distribution including to Japan and Big Island Candies sends its products all over the world.
La Tour Bakehouse executives Trung, Thanh and Brandon Lam (Image credit: Honolulu Star-Advertiser)
With tourism as our #1 industry, more than 8.5 million consumer visitors are exposed to Hawaii-made products every year. In addition to the wide variety of locally manufactured food and other goods, exports also include technology and services.
As part of other initiative efforts, this May, in partnership with the Hawaii Food Manufacturing Association, the Chamber will be spotlighting some of our Hawaii manufacturers at the Aloha Market, organized by Chigasaki Chamber, our sister Chamber in Japan.
With the important role manufacturers play in promoting the Hawaii brand, it’s important that we continue to advocate for this industry. Representatives with INNOVATE Hawaii and our Manufacturing in Hawaii initiative and I, as well as manufacturing reps from states across the nation, are in Washington D.C. to advocate for the continuing support and Congressional investment in the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program. Additionally, the Chamber signed on to a letter with the National Association of Manufacturers urging President Trump to support continued funding of MEP.
On the state level, with the support of our Legislature and Administration, manufacturers received funding to invest in new equipment and workforce development training which, in turn, creates and sustains job and increases export opportunities for local companies.
We continue to seek grant funding this session to build on this initiative’s momentum. Click here to learn more about our Manufacturing in Hawaii initiative and visit our website to see how you can support our advocacy efforts.
Laulima & mahalo,
President & CEO