Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
April 15, 2015

In this April 15, 2015 edition:

President's Message
Stay Informed with the Chamber's Legislative Agenda
Military Affairs Council Honors MG Wong
Save the Dates: Chamber's Signature Events
Check Out Member Spotlights

President's Message

Aloha Chamber members:

Last Tuesday, I had the opportunity to tour the USS Henry Jackson, nicknamed "DEFENDER OF FREEDOM," which provided a first-hand look at 150 of our finest submariners in action defending our country.
Imagine being undersea for two months, confined in tight quarters where sleeping spaces house five beds in an area with no walking room, with closets only large enough to fit 3 outfits, having just a small bag to put your belongings, walking spaces so narrow and ceilings so low that stooping is the norm, and where contact with loved ones is limited. Moreover, having a rigorous routine where free time is very confined and every second of your day is dedicated to our nation's security.
In speaking with our guide, Hunter, and other submariners, pride in their role was evident. While they admit challenges, they know that their jobs are critical to securing our freedom and protecting the people of our nation. They exuded nothing but utmost professionalism and "RELENTLESS FIGHTING SPIRIT" and all were pleased to extend their hospitality.   
The tour was certainly a humbling experience and, even more so, solidified our wholehearted support for the military and the Chamber's Military Affairs Council's role as a proactive organization to protect, preserve and promote the military's presence in Hawaii.
We strongly encourage you to recognize and thank the men and women in uniform that you come across. Let's show the military our appreciation and that we have their back. Their sacrifice allows us the freedoms that we enjoy every day.
Click here to see how you can show your support and appreciation. 

Laulima & mahalo,
Sherry Menor-McNamara

President & CEO

Stay Informed with the Chamber's Legislative Agenda

As a benefit to members, the Chamber provides legislative reports following each major deadline. These reports summarize bills that the Chamber is tracking and testifying on, keeping businesses informed about what is going on at the legislature and how the bills will affect them. A copy of the report is provided here.
With conference coming up, when the House and Senate committees resolve any differences over a particular bill, now is an important time to get involved and reach out to your legislators. You can participate by joining our Action Alert system, which makes it easy for you to express your concerns to your legislators. Sign up now.

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Military Affairs Council Honors MG Wong

On April 13, 2015, the Hawaii National Guard honored Military Affairs Council (MAC) member Major General Darryll D. M. Wong during a retirement ceremony at Hickam Field. MG Wong served as the Adjutant General (TAG) for the State of Hawaii from January 2011 to December 2014 and this ceremony marked the close of a military career spanning more than 40 years.

General Wong received his commission in 1972 as a graduate of the Air Force Reserve Training Corps Program (ROTC) at the University of Hawaii. As a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, General Wong flew C-141s during the tail end of the Vietnam War.

In 1984, he joined the Hawaii Air National Guard. As a command and instructor pilot, General Wong accrued more than 3,000 hours in the C-17, KC135R, C-141A, T-38 and T-37 aircrafts. Additionally, he has more than 19,000 civilian flight hours as a pilot for Aloha Airlines aboard the Boeing 737-200 and -300.

Congratulations to General Wong for a distinguished military career. The MAC looks forward to our continued work together.

As a reminder, please share your appreciation for our military members and their families by participating in May's Hawaii Military Appreciation Month. Click here to participate. 

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

Save the Dates: Chamber's Signature Events

The Chamber hosts a variety of annual events each year designed to keep our members apprised of key issues affecting business, help them make valuable connections, and keep their businesses thriving.
Please be sure to mark your calendars for upcoming signature events including:

Additional details are forthcoming. For inquiries regarding sponsorship opportunities or exhibition tables, please contact Matt Spencer.

Check out our Member Spotlights and special Member-to-Member discount offers