October 5, 2022
Member News


Aloha Chamber Members,

Local manufacturing is a key industry in Hawaii that helps promote our Hawaii brand and for import substitution, making products in Hawaii for Hawaii. Not surprisingly, food and beverage is the largest manufacturing sector. It is also a job provider. In fact, manufacturers account for 1.73% of the total output in the state, employing 1.93% of the workforce. Total output from manufacturing was $1.66 billion in 2019. In addition, there were an average of 11,000 manufacturing employees in Hawaii in 2020, with an average annual compensation of $47,687.76 in 2019.
As such, the Chamber launched our Manufacturing in Hawaii initiative several years ago to ensure our local businesses are supported. We are also the exclusive state affiliate in Hawaii for the National Association of Manufacturers. Each October, in conjunction with other states, we commemorate National Manufacturing Day in partnership with Hawaii Technology Development Corporation/Innovate Hawaii, which is also recognized by the Office of the Governor through a proclamation. This Friday, we are coordinating a tour with policymakers to Ko Hana Rum, Sinaloa Tortillas, Jade Foods and RevaComm to learn more about each business and how they can be better supported. This is why “Supporting Local” is important to sustain and strengthen this industry as many of the local companies source from other businesses to manufacture products.
To learn more about this initiative, please contact Trevor Abarzua at    



Hawaii's Minimum Wage Now Officially $12
Hawaii’s minimum wage has been $10.10 since 2018. That changed on October 1, when it rose to $12 per hour. The Hawaii Legislature this year approved the wage hike, something that was signed into law by Governor Ige on June 20. The minimum wage is scheduled to rise to $14 per hour on January 1, 2024, to $16 on January 1, 2026 and to $18 on January 1, 2028. Act 114 also addresses the tip credit for restaurant workers, valets and other tipped positions.
According to the DLIR, employees “customarily tipped” may be paid at rates lower than the minimum wage “provided the combined amount the employee receives from the employee’s employer and in tips is at least $7 more than the minimum wage.”
If you would like more details about the minimum wage increase, you can click below or reach out to our AVP of Business Advocacy, Trevor Abarzua –
Read More Here


Buy One Get One Coupon From Alaska Airlines

Purchase your boarding pass to attend the Chamber's 172nd Annual Membership Luncheon presented by Alaska Airlines to receive a Buy One Get One coupon from Alaska Airlines.

All attendees will receive an exclusive coupon for one complimentary ticket for a friend (just pay taxes and fees) when you purchase one ticket for yourself.
Let’s Go! Where would you GO with a BOGO?
For more information and to register to attend, click below.
Register Here


University of Hawaii Naval ROTC

On the latest episode of "Military in Hawaii," CAPT Bill Ellis, commanding officer of the University of Hawaii (UH) Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC), joined Jay Fidell to talk about the university's newest ROTC unit.

The NROTC program educates and trains young men and women for leadership positions in an increasingly technical Navy and Marine Corps. 

Watch Episode Here


Kaneohe Elementary STEM Kick-Off with Engineering Sector Partners

The Chamber assisted with Kaneohe Elementary's STEM Kick-Off on September 21, during which educators heard from engineer guest speakers, participated in student-friendly hands-on activities and received engineering career awareness lesson plans. The resources and activities shared will be brought into the classroom to support our next generation of future aspiring young engineers.

The Chamber thanks Engineering Sector Partners MKE Associates LLC, ASCE, Austin Tsutsumi & Associates, Design Thinking Hawaii and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for their time and energy in supporting this event!

This event and participating employers are part of the Engineering Sector Partnership’s career awareness initiative, supporting K-12 students learning about a career in engineering. The Engineering Sector Partnership convenes industry leaders around a set of shared priorities, resulting in collective action that addresses workforce opportunities. These industry-driven employer collaboratives play a significant role in ensuring students in Hawaii are on clear pathways to high skill, high wage, in-demand careers and that Hawaii businesses have a highly skilled, local talent pipeline. The Chamber also convenes additional Sector Partnerships in Healthcare and IT.

For more information about Sector Partnerships and work-based learning opportunities, send the Chamber’s Education & Workforce Development team an email.

Deadline Extended for Employers to Register for Upcoming Virtual Job Fair

Is your company a local Tech, IT or Intelligence employer looking to hire new talent?There’s still time to register for next week’s upcoming virtual job fair! UH is hosting the Virtual IT and Intelligence Career Fair Friday, October 14,10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, to help UH students and alumni explore career options with local employers in the IT and intelligence sectors.

The event is targeted for graduating or recently graduated students who will have the opportunity to engage online with employers recruiting for current positions and internships in Hawaii’s emerging IT and intelligence fields in various skill areas such as accounting, business, computer science, cybersecurity, data science, economics, engineering and project management. Interested jobseekers, click here for more information and to register. 

The fair is also seeking additional employers to participate - at no cost! If your company is interested in signing up as an exhibitor, click here to find out more information and submit your registration. Direct registration questions may be emailed to 


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