Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
July 22, 2015

In this July 22, 2015 edition:

President's Message
Hawaii Tourism Authority Conference
MAC Conducts Site Visit to Red Hill Fuel Facility
Early-Bird Deadline for Employment Law Seminar Ends Friday
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President's Message

Aloha Chamber Members,

Last Thursday, approximately 800 members attended the Chamber’s 165th annual membership luncheon featuring former UH coach June Jones, sports agent Leigh Steinberg and keynote speaker Bob Beaudine, who all provided electrifying and engaging presentations. On behalf of the Chamber, thank you to our board of directors, sponsors and our members who made this luncheon a success. We look forward to working on new and continuing initiatives this year. If you missed the luncheon, here's a link to the year-in-review video that was shared.

As we begin this new fiscal year, the Chamber team is pleased to welcome and work with Gabe Lee of American Savings Bank as the new chair, with our board of directors and members to continue making your Chamber a productive and relevant organization.
BIGGER, BOLDER, BETTER! This is our theme for the upcoming year.
One of the quotes our team goes by is, “refuse to settle for anything less than butterflies.” Essentially, if we’re not working outside of our comfort zone and being proactive with new and innovative ideas, then we’re not doing our jobs effectively. So, your Chamber is committed to exceeding your expectations and ensuring that your membership is a sound investment.
In keeping in line with the sports theme of the luncheon, please be a member of our starting lineup. Our playbook will include defensive and offensive plays, as well as risks and long-shots. As long as we are picking up the ball and moving it down the field into the end zone, we will score victories for Hawaii’s businesses. So, help us make the big plays that will allow us to record wins for Hawaii’s businesses and the people of our beautiful state.
Let’s make this year a winning season. Mahalo!

Laulima & mahalo,
Sherry Menor-McNamara

President & CEO

Hawaii Tourism Authority Conference

Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) will be holding its 10th annual Hawaii Tourism Conference August 27-28 at the Hawaii Convention Center.

This two-day conference is Hawaii’s premier event for stakeholders in the tourism industry – hotels and resorts, B&Bs, timeshares, restaurants, festivals & events, cultural organizations and others. This year’s conference will feature keynote speaker Spud Hilton, travel editor of the San Francisco Chronicle. There will be many B2B sessions, workshops and networking opportunities available in support of the state’s vision for Hawaii as the best place to live, work and visit.

Click here for more information on the conference and registration details. Early bird registration closes on August 3rd.

Biz Tip: Learn about the Chamber's Manufacturing in Hawaii Initiative which provides resources and seeks to enhance opportunities within the industry. 

MAC Conducts Site Visit to Red Hill Fuel Facility

In January 2014, the Navy reported an estimated release of 27,000 gallons of JP-8 jet fuel to the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH). In response to this release, the Navy, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), EPA Region IX and DOH began negotiating what is known as an Administrative Order on Consent (AOC), an enforceable agreement that establishes a timeframe for the Navy and DLA to evaluate and remediate existing contamination to the extent practicable in the vicinity of the facility, as well as to evaluate and implement measures to prevent future releases. In May 2015, AOC was released for public comment and will not go into effect until all public comments are reviewed and addressed.
Last Friday, the Military Affairs Council (MAC) hosted a site visit to the Red Hill Fuel Facility for legislators. Due to the limited number of spaces, the delegation of lawmakers consisted mainly of a cross section of those who serve on committees related to public safety, health, natural resources, environmental protection and military affairs.
The tour provided legislators with the rare opportunity to visit the underground facility and ask questions, as well as share their concerns. Due to the response to this tour, the MAC will be considering additional tours for legislators in an effort to present lawmakers with a greater understanding about the facility. 

Click here to learn more about the Military Affairs Council (MAC) and MAC members.

Early-Bird Deadline for Employment Law Seminar Ends Friday

This Friday is the last day to take advantage of early-bird pricing - a savings of $40 - for our 22nd Annual Employment Law Seminar on Wednesday, August 5 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. This day-long conference, hosted by Torkildson, Katz, Moore, Hetherington and Harris, will provide a comprehensive overview on personnel law trends, including discrimination and harassment, as well as an update on court decisions in labor and employment cases by some of Hawaii’s most respected labor law professionals.
The event has been approved for re-certification credit hours toward California, GPHR, HRBP, HRMP, PHR and SPHR through the HR Certification Institute. Attendees will also receive a complimentary copy of and online access to the newly updated 2015-2016 Chamber Desk Manual, which features 34 chapters of Hawaii and federal employment and labor relations issues.
Click here to view the full program agenda and to register. Discounted pricing for Chamber and SHRM members. Final registration deadline is July 31, 2015. 

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