Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
July 27, 2016

In this July 27, 2016 edition:

President's Message
Roundtable Discussion with the SBA-Regional Advocate on Hawaii's Ag, Trade and Food Businesses
Military's Commitment to Hawaii's Renewable Energy Goals
Save with Exclusive Member Discounts
Check Out Member Spotlights

President's Message

Aloha Chamber members:

The Chamber’s biggest event of the year, our 166th Annual Membership Luncheon presented by the Honolulu-Star Advertiser, American Savings Bank and Monarch Insurance is this Friday. We are looking forward to hearing from Dan Beckerman, President and CEO of AEG Worldwide. Our emcee is Kanoa Leahey, sportscaster, and keynote facilitator is none other than the dynamic Rick Blangiardi, General Manager of Hawaii News Now and former Chair of the Chamber’s Board of Directors.
The Chamber will pay tribute to outgoing board members who have made significant contributions and have certainly made a difference during their terms as directors. They include: Signe Godfrey, S&R Personnel Services; Bernie Coleman, Pacific Allied Products; Kippen de Alba Chu, Iolani Palace; Mike May, T. Michael May Advisor Services; and Jennifer Hee, Young Professionals Program.

A brief membership meeting will be held to vote on new directors who include: Maya Rogers, Blue Planet Software; Stanford Carr, Stanford Carr Development; Gina Haverley, Neiman Marcus; Ben Godsey, ProService Hawaii; and Stanley Lau, Young Professionals Program.

We look forward to an outstanding year continuing to build a better business climate with the support of our board and all of you.
Mahalo to all of our sponsors and attendees for making this year’s luncheon another success.

Laulima & mahalo,
Sherry Menor-McNamara

President & CEO

Roundtable Discussion with the SBA-Regional Advocate on Hawaii's Ag, Trade and Food Businesses

The Chamber, Hawaii Food Manufacturers Association and the Hawaii Farm Bureau is hosting a roundtable discussion between federal representatives and Hawaii's agricultural businesses. Learn about the latest developments in this area, as well as share your perspectives on how to sustain and grow your businesses in both domestic and global markets.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
8:00 am-9:30 am
1132 Bishop Street, Conference Room 601
Registration is complimentary
No validated parking for this event
Topics include:

  • Compliance concerns related to food facilities registration, food safety verification & produce safety
  • Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade Investments Partnership (TTIP) effects on agriculture
  • Updates on Food Safety Modernization Act

For more information or to register email our Business Advocacy team at

Military's Commitment to Hawaii's Renewable Energy Goals

On July 21st, the Navy held a lease-signing ceremony with Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) for a 20-megawatt solar farm at the West Loch Annex. HECO plans to develop, own and operate the solar facility. The Navy provided 100 acres required for the project in exchange for in-kind considerations from HECO for Navy-owned facilities like Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment, Dennis McGinn, participated in the ceremonial signing with Governor David Ige and Alan Oshima, President and CEO, HECO. 
While the state is working on additional renewable energy initiatives with the Department of the Navy, the Army will be breaking ground for the construction of a 50-megawatt biofuel-capable power generation plant at Schofield Barracks in August. 
While the Navy project still requires approval from the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), these partnerships are wonderful examples of the military’s commitment towards building momentum for meeting Hawaii’s renewable energy goals.

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

Save with Exclusive Member Discounts

Chamber members are eligible for a variety of discounts and offers just for being a part of the Chamber!

Member offers can be found here, and feature everything from dining discounts to huge savings for your business operations, as well as educational, travel, retail services and more. 

Current offers include:

  • Alan Wong's Poi Club: Chamber members receive priority reservation status, complimentary chef creation, advance notice of special wine and beverage allocations and personal care from the Management Team to coordinate business dinners and special occasions
  • Island Movers: first month of storage free for Chamber members
  • Jenkins Eye Care: Chamber members receive 10% off of laser vision correction
  • Hawaiian Cool Water: Chamber members receive 15% off or free upgrade on water system, as well as 50% off the installation costs
  • Reg Baker, CPA: $200 off annual individual, $350 off annual business and $200 off monthly advisory services

If you'd like to submit your company offer to be featured on the Chamber's site, please login to your ChamberMaster login account and upload your member offer. If you have any questions about how to log in, please contact

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

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