Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
May 18, 2016

In this May 18, 2016 edition:

President's Message
DOE Seeks Input from Businesses
MAC Recognition Luncheon for Military Spouses
Complimentary for Members: FocusON: Soft Skills of Communication & Collaboration
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President's Message

Aloha Chamber members:

President Obama will be visiting Hiroshima, Japan, as the first U.S. President to visit the city while in office. This historic visit will be a symbolic gesture for both of our nations and a sign of our strong alliance and mutual respect. While we cannot dismiss the pain, suffering and tremendous loss experienced in Hiroshima as well as Pearl Harbor, the President’s visit signifies a move forward, especially here in Hawaii, where we have been touched by both of these war experiences through varying degrees of separation. Times have changed and now, more than ever, we need to strengthen ties with our allies.

Along these lines, this year marks the 75th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. As such, Governor Ige has commissioned a Blue Ribbon Leadership Committee, chaired by Admiral Thomas Fargo, U.S. Navy (Ret.), to work on this commemoration and raise worldwide awareness. The Chamber is represented on this committee. The 75th Commemoration is appropriately themed, “Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future.” Last week, the committee announced an unprecedented series of events that will highlight ceremonial tributes over an 11-day period, December 1-11. We encourage you to visit the 75th Commemoration website for more information.     
On a separate note, we are pleased to announce our newest team member, Glen Higa, who has been hired as the Chamber’s Vice President of Membership. Glen brings with him more than 20 years in sales and is actively involved in the community. Welcome aboard Glen!

Laulima & mahalo,
Sherry Menor-McNamara

President & CEO

DOE Seeks Input from Businesses

The Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) and Board of Education are embarking on a review of its 2011-2018 Strategic Plan. As business leaders, they welcome your views on the direction of HIDOE's strategies for public education. They also encourage you to engage others in sharing their views.  

Please participate in the Strategic Plan survey at, which will be open until May 31, 2016, and pass this link along to others to participate in the process.

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

MAC Recognition Luncheon for Military Spouses

As a way to say “mahalo” for the sacrifices active duty military spouses make in support of their husbands or wives who serve the country, the Military Affairs Council (MAC) hosted a luncheon in their honor at Washington Place. On Saturday, May 14th, as a part of Military Appreciation Month, the MAC recognized nearly 80 military spouses for their support and commitment to their spouses, family, community and country.
Many of the military families that come to the state are new residents, so the MAC also wanted to provide the spouses with the opportunity to visit historic Washington Place. Prior to the luncheon, they also had the option to take a tour of Iolani Palace to experience more about Hawaii’s history and culture.
During lunch, spouses heard from keynote speaker Brigadier General Suzanne Vares-Lum with the U.S. Pacific Command. Not only is Vares-Lum the first female brigadier general of Hawaiian ancestry, but she is also a military spouse. Her words provided inspiration, gratitude and understanding for the sacrifices of both the service members and their spouses.
Mahalo to First Hawaiian Bank and Island Palm Communities for sponsoring this event.

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

Complimentary for Members: FocusON: Soft Skills of Communication & Collaboration

Chamber members and non-members are invited to join us on Thursday, June 9 for an informative panel discussion on two key soft skills: communication and collaboration.

Topics include: utilizing effective communication to achieve company and personal goals, bridging cross generational communication differences, as well as strategies to address difficult situations and navigate solutions through collaborative discussion.

Panelist speakers include Daniela Newman, Founder and CEO, Newman Consulting Services, LLC.; Heather Patterson, Chief Transformation Consultant and Owner, Transform Consulting; and Micheal W. Roura Puaatuua, Managing Partner and Implementor, Empowered Leadership, Inc.

This event is complimentary to Chamber and YP members, with a $15 fee for non-members. Registration includes light Continental breakfast and refreshments. Validated parking available at Alii Place. Click here for more information and to register. 

Mahalo to FocusON series sponsors:

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