Chamber of Commerce Hawaii

In this March 22, 2017 edition:

Manufacturers Showcased at Capitol
Update on Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility
Advertise in the Chamber's Membership Directory

President's Message

Aloha Chamber members:

The 2017 Legislative Session is more than halfway over. While many of the bills we opposed are no longer alive, a few that would hinder our economy’s progress are still alive. One such measure is HB 4, the mandatory paid sick leave bill for employees to take care of themselves or a family member who is ill or needs medical care.
We understand the intent of this bill and the perspectives of supporters of this bill. Our overall goal is to build a healthier economy so that businesses can continue to create and sustain jobs, as well as provide employee benefits beyond what is mandated. 

Many employers in Hawaii already provide generous sick leave benefits so employees can recover from a health illness or injury. Mandating this benefit may have unintended consequences, including limiting employers’ flexibility to provide this and other compensation benefits to their employees. In addition, this will hurt small businesses as they do not have the resources to pay for and administer this new complex mandate, which is why we do not support this bill.

We also have concerns on abuse. While most workers utilize their sick leave only when ill, according to a report, 1 in 4 workers consider sick leave to be vacation time. 

Many companies may also have to reduce their current sick leave policy or switch from a traditional leave program, with sick time and vacation allocations, to a paid-time-off (PTO) system with a bank of days from which employees can draw for vacation, sick leave, doctors’ appointments and personal days off from work to care for a family member. Switching to a PTO could reduce the time a worker may take for vacation and sick leave. 

Employers already have a number of mandates they are required to provide. This, coupled with the rising costs of healthcare and other costs, have increasingly become a hardship on employers and the business climate in Hawaii. For these reasons, the Chamber has been providing testimony stating our opposition. Click here for more information on this bill and to submit testimony.

Laulima & mahalo,

Sherry Menor-McNamara
President & CEO
Many hands working together in collaboration and striving for a common goal.

Business Advocacy

Manufacturers Showcased at Capitol

Our Manufacturing Day on Monday at the Hawaii State Capitol served to spread awareness of the industry and its contribution to Hawaii’s community and economy. Mahalo to Senator Wakai and Representative Nakashima for their support, as well as to our partners: INNOVATE Hawaii, High Technology Development Corporation, Hawaii Food Manufacturers Association and the Hawaii Farm Bureau. More than 25 companies from throughout the state participated, serving to educate legislators and visitors at the Capitol about the state’s thriving local manufacturing industry.

Learn more about the Chamber's Business Advocacy program.

Military Affairs

Update on Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility
On Monday, the Commander of Navy Region Hawaii, Rear Admiral John Fuller, issued a letter regarding the Red Hill fuel facility to local community leaders, neighborhood board members and elected officials. The letter updated the community about the Navy’s ongoing modernization upgrades at Red Hill, reported on the latest tank-tightness tests which showed that the tanks are not leaking and explained continued efforts to protect the drinking water.

The letter goes on to provide a concise description of the Administrative Order on Consent (AOC), a legal document that mandates specific tasks the Navy and the Defense Logistics Agency must implement to address the fuel leak that was detected in January 2014. The document contains eight sections that address overall project management, environmental investigation and remediation, and tank infrastructure improvements, the section most covered by the media. 

This section pertains to the study being conducted on tank upgrade alternatives. The final report, which will be complete by December 8, 2017, will include a detailed analysis about each of the six upgrade alternatives being considered. This study will ultimately dictate the path forward.  

The MAC will continue to monitor this issue. To review the letter, click here.

Learn more about the Chamber's Military Affairs program.

Membership News

Advertise in the Chamber's Membership Directory
Advertising in the Chamber's Membership Directory is a great opportunity to get your message seen in the most prominent and comprehensive guide to Hawaii’s businesses.

The guide will also be available on for 90 days and on the Chamber website.

The camera-ready deadline is this Friday, March 24, 2017 by noon.

Click here to view ad specs and more information.
Check out our Member Spotlight page and special Member-to-Member discount offers.
Chamber Events:
Mar. 30: Business Valuation Seminar

Apr. 6: Step into Spring Networking Event

Apr. 19: Business After Hours at Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach

Apr. 20: FocusOn Seminar: Small Biz Marketing Tools

Apr. 27: Employment Law Update

Member Events:
Mar. 31: Hawaii's BBB Torch Awards 2017

Apr. 1: Building a Better You! Career Day Preparation by Univ. of Phoenix

Apr. 8: YMCA of Honolulu Healthy Kids Day

Apr. 16: Easter Brunch by The Plaza Club

Apr. 20: Lean 101: Principles of Lean Manufacturing with Live Simulation

Apr. 22: Waikiki Health 50th Anniversary Reach for the Stars Fundraising Gala

Apr. 22: Brews By the Beach Hyatt Regency Waikiki

Apr. 26: Administrative Professional's Luncheon by The Plaza Club

Apr. 27: Stars and Stripes Veteran Charity Golf Tournament

Apr. 29: Hospice Hawaii's 8th Annual Hot Pursuit Fundraising Event

May 20: HFMA 2017 TASTE Awards

Jun. 20-22: VERGE Hawaii: Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit

ProService HR Training Schedule 
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:
Check Out this Special Deal from Jiffy Lube!

Brews by the Beach at Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa

Mahalo to our Investors' Circle Members!

Member Discount Offers, Job Postings, Advertising Sponsorship & more.

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