Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
March 16, 2016

In this March 16, 2016 edition:

President's Message
First Crossover & The Future of Farming Networking Event
Limited Seats Remaining: MAC Quarterly Briefing
YPs Celebrate 5th Anniversary on April 22
Check Out Member Spotlights

President's Message

Aloha Chamber members:

Last week, as part of the Chamber's Manufacturing in Hawaii Initiative and in partnership with HTDC's Innovate Hawaii, the Chamber joined several of our members to participate, for the first time, in the country's largest food expo, FoodEx, to promote Hawaii's products.
While the purpose was to encourage the import of our products, the trip also served as an opportunity to learn and observe how the Japanese manufacture, package and present their products. We toured several manufacturing plants, including Nissan, Kirin and the Orient Packaging Company. The service, quality control, packaging and product are impressive and something to model after.
We also met with various buyers to encourage import of Hawaii's products, as well as with the Saitama Chamber, with whom we plan to explore opportunities for working together.
Finally, we had an opportunity to meet with the Lower and Upper House of the Diet, which is equivalent to our Congress. Some of the issues discussed were our support for the Thirty Meter Telescope, as Japan is part of the TMT consortium and is represented on its board, importance of Global Entry to ease travel for Japanese visitors, and continued investment and business dealings in Hawaii.
Japan is an important ally to the United States and also to our state. We have enjoyed and embraced this special relationship and it's important that we continue the dialogue with this ally to promote and strengthen our relationship.
As someone who was born in Japan and raised with the Japanese culture, it was an honor to visit again and exchange views and ideas.

Laulima & mahalo,
Sherry Menor-McNamara

President & CEO

First Crossover & The Future of Farming Networking Event

First Crossover
First Crossover in the legislature was last week. Many of the bills we have been tracking did not make it to the other Chamber. We will continue opposing the harmful bills that did cross over and supporting those that would diversify the economy and create a better business climate in the state. To find out which bills we're tracking, join a policy committee – which is open to all Chamber members and their employees.
The Future of Farming
Join us on Wednesday, March 30, 5:30-7:30pm at The Kahala Hotel and Resort for The Future of Farming networking event. Hear from rising young professionals Shin Ho with Ho Farms and Makani Christensen with the Hunting, Farming and Fishing Association, as they discuss their thoughts on the future of farming and the agricultural industry. For more information and to register, click here.

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

Limited Seats Remaining: MAC Quarterly Briefing, March 29

A few seats still remain for the Military Affairs Council’s Quarterly Briefing on Tuesday, March 29th, 7:30 to 9:00 am at The Pacific Club’s Card Room. Guest speakers for this breakfast event include Mr. Riki Ellison, Chairman and Founder of the Missile Defense Advocacy Agency (MDAA), and Captain Bruce Hay, Commanding Officer of the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) on Kauai.

The event has been titled “Only One Shot:  Missile Defense in Hawaii." As a renowned expert in missile defense, Ellison will discuss the need to operationalize the Aegis Ashore site at PMRF to protect Hawaii from a long range missile attack. In turn, Captain Hay will provide the Department of the Navy’s perspective during what will be an interesting discussion.

Registration deadline is March 21st. Chamber members are being offered a discounted rate of $40. Seating is limited, so please register early. For more information or to register, please contact We look forward to your participation.

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

YPs Celebrate 5th Anniversary on April 22

Save the date: the Chamber's Young Professionals will be celebrating their 5th Anniversary Party on Friday, April 22 at the Aston Waikiki's Coconut Club. 

Join us for an evening of fireworks, delicious pupus, networking, prize giveaways and fun as we celebrate the program's success.

Register now to take advantage of early-bird pricing: $35 for YP members, $40 for Chamber members and $45 for non members. Early-bird pricing closes on Monday, March 28. Registration fee includes pupus, two beverage tickets and validated parking at the Aston Waikiki. 

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