Chamber of Commerce Hawaii

In this September 21, 2016 edition:

Plan to Attend the 2016 Mayoral Debate
MAC Staff Working with Defense Ministers from ASEAN
Find Out the Benefits of Outsourcing for Your Company

President's Message

Aloha Chamber members:

This past Saturday, I had the humbling experience of participating in the Salvation Army Hawaii CEO Sleepout at the State Capitol, a new initiative to raise awareness and support for homelessness and hunger. Member participants included Rick Blangiardi, Hawaii News Now; Phillip Hasha, Redmont Group; Bryan Luke, Hawaii National Bank; Jon Conching, Hyatt Regency Waikiki; and other business leaders. 

The evening started with a community outreach walk in Chinatown to distribute sandwiches to the homeless. It was obvious there are different categories of homelessness. Regardless of background, however, each homeless person has a story and deserves to be treated humanely and with dignity. The walk was followed by a roundtable discussion on topics that included homeless mentality, how to treat homeless individuals or groups, why people are or become homeless, and coming up with solutions. 

Lights out was at 11:30 p.m. Sleeping at the Capitol was nothing compared to what it is like out on the streets. We were provided with a cardboard box to sleep on, a blanket and food, and were in a safe zone. Out there, the struggle is real. More than 4,500 keiki are homeless and many families are one paycheck away from being houseless. 


We would like to thank the Salvation Army for this initiative, as well as other organizations and stakeholders for addressing and providing resources to help solve this growing problem. We would also like to recognize The Honolulu Star-Advertiser and Hawaii News Now for their ongoing and proactive coverage and keeping this issue in the forefront. It’s critical that we have strong and collaborative leadership, continue to elevate our efforts and become a part of the discussion to find solutions, as homelessness is not just a social issue, but an economic and statewide issue that affects everyone.

Laulima & mahalo,

Sherry Menor-McNamara
President & CEO

Business Advocacy

2016 Mayoral Debate
September 29, 2016
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM 
The Plaza Club

Hear Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Charles Djou debate and ask for your vote this 2016 General Election. 

YOUR vote matters! Make sure you vote in the upcoming election on November 8, 2016. For more information and to register, click here.

Learn more about the Chamber's Business Advocacy program.

Military Affairs

MAC Staff Working with Defense Ministers from ASEAN

It was recently announced the Defense Ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations member states have been invited to Hawaii by U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter for a dialogue next week. The talks will be co-hosted by Laos to discuss common interests and regional security.

According to the media release from U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), “Southeast Asia lies at the heart of the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, which is diplomatically, economically and strategically central to U.S. interests in the 21st century.”  

PACOM went further to state, “The United States and ASEAN share a strong and enduring interest in building a rules-based order in the Indo-Asia-Pacific.”

In April 2014, then Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel hosted a similar dialogue in the Aloha State. The Chamber’s Military Affairs Council (MAC) hosted a luncheon the last day of the event. Although the MAC will not be hosting an event this year, the staff has been working closely with representatives from the Office of the Secretary of Defense to coordinate the visit. 

Learn more about the Chamber's Military Affairs program.

Membership News

Find Out the Benefits of Outsourcing for Your Company

Outsourcing your company’s back office functions can save you money, time and increase your overall operational efficiency. Experts will discuss the benefits of outsourcing & how to make it work for you.

Thursday, October 6, 2016
1132 Bishop Street, Ste. 601
Honolulu, HI 96813

Mahalo to our sponsors:

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

Chamber Events:
Sep. 23: 4 Ps Manufacturing Seminar: Processing, Packaging & Producing in Paradise!

Sep. 29: 2016 Mayoral Debate

Sep. 30: The New Healthcare Landscape

Oct. 6: FocusON: Back Office Outsourcing 

Oct. 6: YP October Exec Connect Luncheon: Christine Camp, Stanford Carr & Howard Lee

Oct. 21: Business on the Green Golf Tournament Presented by ALSCO
Member Events:
Sep. 24: Patriot Golf Clinic at Kiahuna Golf Course

Sep. 29: Scaling Up: Business Growth Workshop, an EO Hawaii Event

Oct. 7: 23rd Annual Hawaii Children & Youth Day

Oct. 12: Hawaii Captive Insurance Council Annual Education Forum

Oct. 20: Equipment Leasing for Your Office, Fleet or Facility

Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary
Neighbor Island News:
Hawaii Island
Hawaii Congressional Delegation News:
U.S. Senator Brian Schatz
U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono
U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard
Other Member News:
Stanley Lau on ThinkTech Hawaii

Fujitsu Scholarship: Deadline – September 30, 2016

Blue Planet Foundation, Hawai‘i Energy Team Up to Urge Honolulu Retailers to Close Their Doors for the Climate
YOUR Vote Matters!

Make sure to vote on Nov. 8, 2016. Check out the Office of Elections website at:
Check out the Chamber's Young Professionals Program!

Mahalo to our Investors' Circle Members!

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