Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
December 10, 2014

In this December 10, 2014 edition:

President's Message
UHERO's Economic Forecast for Asia-Pacific
Welcome to General Lori Robinson, Commander Pacific Air Forces
Promote Your Company to Our Members
Check Out Member Spotlights

President's Message

Aloha Chamber members:

The opening of the 2015 Legislature is right around the corner. With a new administration, new legislators and new chairs, the Chamber will ensure that the Voice of Business is shared with all stakeholders and that we remain proactive in our advocacy efforts.

On Friday, the Chamber, along with other business representatives, will be meeting with the new Economic Development & Business chairs, Senator Glenn Wakai and Representative Derek Kawakami, and their vice chairs, to discuss ways that the Legislature can support and advance business. Both legislators have business backgrounds and we look forward to working with them.

We continue to work on our business package to introduce this session. Additionally, to work more collaboratively with the Legislature and for them to hear from us, we've invited the chairs to attend our next scheduled policy committees meetings. If you are interested in attending these meetings, please contact Jenny Lee at

We look forward to your participation this session.

Laulima & mahalo,
Sherry Menor-McNamara

President & CEO

UHERO's Economic Forecast for Asia-Pacific

The University of Hawaii's Economic Research Organization released its December forecast of the Asia-Pacific economy last week. According to UHERO, the Asia-Pacific economy slowed this year with a slight acceleration expected for 2015. Read more details in the full report here.

UHERO is dedicated to conducting detailed, independent economic research on specific issues affecting Hawaii's economy as well as the economy on a global scale. The analyses are publicly available and used to promote research-driven dialogue and offer valuable information to aid in Hawaii's decision making.

For detailed future analyses, subscribe to UHERO's forecast here.

Welcome General Lori Robinson, Commander Pacific Air Forces

General Lori Robinson, Commander of Pacific Air Forces, and her leadership team welcomed the MAC to the PACAF Headquarters at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on Monday, December 8. General Robinson assumed command of PACAF in October 2014. Her area of responsibility covers more than half of the earth's surface, extending from the west coast of the United States to the east coast of Africa and from the Arctic to the Antarctic.

At the meeting, General Robinson shared that PACAF would continue to be focused on three priorities: (1) expanding engagement, (2) increasing combat capability and (3) improving warfighter integration. She explained that the "pivot to the Pacific" is real and that our PACAF men and women are "resilient and ready to fight tonight," if needed, despite sequestration and ongoing fiscal challenges.

The MAC team was impressed by General Robinson's genuine, collaborative leadership style. Her leadership team actively participated in the discussion about issues and opportunities for collaboration. The MAC looks forward to partnering with PACAF in the future.

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

Promote Your Company to Our Members

One of the many benefits of being a Chamber member is the opportunity to promote your business, events and news to our membership.

In addition to great advertising and sponsorship opportunities to expand your reach via our website, newsletter and at our events, we also encourage members to send us company news.

These submissions may include accolades and press releases, community and business-building events, as well as job openings, which will be considered for publication in our newsletter, on our website, Chamber Voice featured in Pacific Business News, as well as our social media channels.

Email submissions to Bianca Mordasini. Content may be edited.  

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