The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii
e-Voice of Business
October 9, 2013

In this October 9, 2013 edition:

President's Message
Policy Committees Seek Participation as Legislative Session Approaches
Chamber Celebrates Hawaii's 'Tropic Lightning' Turning 72
Welcome to New Members & Spotlight on Kapili Roofing and Construction

President's Message

Aloha Chamber Members:

Last Friday, the Chamber held its Second Annual “Business on the Green” Golf Tournament, a sold-out event that was a huge success. I’d like to thank title sponsor, Alsco, our supporting sponsors, volunteers, participants and our staff for their wonderful support in making this event at Kapolei Golf Course both a fundraiser and “friend raiser” for the Chamber.

The participants were well fed and hydrated by our food and beverage sponsors and rewarded with great prizes donated by several of our members. And, as reflected in the name of our tournament, there were opportunities for business conversations while catching up with old friends and making new connections. The monies raised will strengthen our business advocacy, military affairs and Young Professionals programs, as well as help enhance member services and events.
On another topic, we e-mailed you last week inviting your feedback on how the government shutdown is currently impacting your business and employees or what the anticipated impacts may be if the shutdown is protracted. The  response has been overwhelming and shows that this impasse is having an undeniable negative effect. Furthermore, if a compromise is not reached to raise the debt ceiling, the United States will likely go into an unprecedented default. If this happens, our recovering economy will go into reverse mode and suffer. The consequences will be reverberated around the world.
It is imperative that we continue our communication with our congressional delegation. Please join the Chamber’s Petition to End the Government Shutdown by clicking here to email us with your name and company name, which will be added to our letter to the delegation.
Finally, if your company is offering any special discounts or specials to those affected by the shutdown or furlough, please share that information with us so we can promote it through our social media efforts. 
Laulima & mahalo,


Sherry Menor-McNamara
President & CEO

Join the Chambers’ Policy Committees

The policy committees help guide the positions, initiatives and policies for the Chamber. The committees generally meet each month to discuss issues facing the business community and, subsequently, formulate programs and initiatives to provide solutions. A description of the committees and meeting dates are available on our website. We encourage members to join any committee of interest to them.

One of the initiatives currently being worked on by our policy committees is a package of bills for the 2014 legislative session that will help create a more positive business environment. We also periodically have policymakers and business leaders come and "talk story" with our committees to discuss issues facing business and the state. These forums help establish a dialogue with leaders in our community on the needs of business. We encourage your participation in these forums, as well, and will keep you apprised of these events.

Lastly, we are moving ahead on our manufacturing in Hawaii initiative. As a working group of the Economic Development and Innovation Committee, which is headed by Bernie Coleman, president of Pacific Allied Products and a Chamber board member, the group is developing strategies, resources and programs to help Hawaii’s manufacturing industry grow.

Shutdown Impact on Veterans & Families

Two months prior to the tragic December 7, 1941 attacks on Hawaii’s military bases, the U.S. Army reorganized its units in Hawaii as the “winds of war” raised expectations of an enemy attack. The Army’s mission was to defeat any attack on the Hawaiian Islands and to protect the Pacific Fleet from sabotage. The new units included the 25th Infantry Division and the core included soldiers of the Hawaii National Guard. 

The 25th ID, nicknamed “Tropic Lightning,” adopted Hawaii’s taro leaf and lightning bolt with red and gold colors to represent the Hawaiian monarchy as a unit patch proudly worn by soldiers who fought in World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, and most recently in Iraq and Afghanistan. The 25th ID’s approximately 11,000 soldiers remain active on Schofield Barracks with other Army units totaling over 16,400 soldiers and 28,000 ohana as temporary kamaaina in the Wahiawa, Mililani and Waialua/Haleiwa communities. Their children attend schools in the Leilehua, Mililani and Waialua complexes. Their school partnerships and community service efforts also extend from Waianae to Kahuku, impacting our local communities. 

Major General Kurt Fuller now leads the 25th ID.  He follows a distinguished line of 25th ID officers with Hawaii ties who rose to lead the U.S. Army including:  General Fred Weyand (deceased), former Army Chief of Staff and First Hawaiian Bank executive; Kauai’s General Eric Shinseki, former Army Chief of Staff and currently U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs; General David Bramlett, former Commander, Army Forces Command and current President of the Hawaii Army Museum Society; and Lieutenant General Frank Wiercinski, recent former Commander, U.S. Army Pacific, now retired in Hawaii. The Chamber recognizes the courageous efforts of our military forces, and commemorates the 25th ID’s varied history and ties to Hawaii.

 Click on patch to view command video.

Read What Members are Saying

The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii is pleased to welcome new members: Abe Lee Seminars, Adon Solar, Communications Pacific, Gexpro, Heidi Clifton of Mary Kay Beauty, Honolulu Club, Kapili Roofing & Construction, Kenneth Harding, Osaki Creative Group and Tiare Teiti-All Things Tahiti.

We look forward to working with you, and all of our members, to ensure your experience with the Chamber is valuable and customized to your unique needs and interests.
For this edition’s Member Spotlight, we sat down with Mike Leong of Kapili Roofing & Construction to learn about roofing and painting services offered to both residential and business customers. Established in 2007, the company has been a leader in roofing installation, including furnishing of shingles, tile, low and high pitch roofs, cool and metal roofs, shake materials and coatings, as well as providing waterproofing, and exterior and interior painting for all residential and business needs. Kapili Roofing strives for the highest quality customer service experience, with no repair or job being too big or small to tackle.
Kapili Roofing joined The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii in an effort to promote, expand and capitalize on marketing opportunities, as well as participate in networking opportunities with other residential businesses and defense industries. They look forward to participating in the wide variety of services and support the Chamber offers its members.
As a special promotion to existing Chamber members, Kapili Roofing will offer a five percent discount on any roofing service. Contact Mike Leong, Owner/Manager, at 808-621-7663, or email him at

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