October 27, 2021


Aloha Chamber Members,

For the past two years, COVID has prevented one of our most engaging initiatives of the year, Hawaii on the Hill, from happening. In 2019, the two-day event brought ~200 people from Hawaii to Washington, D.C., representing more than 80 companies, and attracting more than 2,500 attendees to the Taste of Hawaii on the Hill event. 

Although we could not return to the Hill this year, as an alternative, we are hosting a virtual Hawaii on the Hill with a “Talk Story” session with U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono via live video conference on November 16 and a virtual policy summit on November 19, featuring policymakers and policy experts in D.C. speaking about the current state of our nation and what resources are available to businesses. A final list of participating speakers will be released soon.

With Capitol Hill still closed to the public, it is unclear whether Hawaii on the Hill can be held in-person next June, but we will keep you informed. Being engaged at the national level is critical to ensuring that Hawaii continues to be at the forefront at our nation’s Capitol.

Speaking of engagement, last Thursday, I participated in Leadership Kauai’s Aloha In Motion Global Conference. Mahalo to the Kauai Chamber for inviting me, along with Representative Jimmy Tokioka of Kauai and Sally Greenberg of the National Consumers League, to serve on the Civic Engagement Panel. We talked about Hawaii on the Hill, as well as the importance of getting involved in the legislative process and having your voice heard.

As we move forward, our state will have important decisions to make to get us back on track towards economic recovery and a brighter future. Let’s get our voices heard.

Laulima & mahalo,


The Small Business Administration still has tens of billions of dollars left in its Targeted Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Advance grant program — and just two full months remaining for small business owners to claim it.
The SBA is providing funds of up to $10,000 to applicants, which does not need to be repaid. These "advances" are similar to a grant, but without the typical requirements that come with a U.S. government grant. Must be in a low-income community via 
mapping tool, have 30 percent economic loss during any eight-week period since March 2, 2020, and have 300 or fewer employees.
Business entities normally eligible for the EIDL program can apply, including sole proprietors, independent contractors, and private, nonprofit organizations.

Apply here


Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Center Training in the Pacific 

Soldiers with 524th Division Sustainment Support Battalion, 25th DSB set up an area of operation during Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Center - JPMRC. The Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Center 22-01 is a rotation that will build combat readiness in America’s Pacific Division.


The Chamber and Hawaii is Hiring are proud to partner with Kamehameha Schools (KS) and Hawaii News Now to present Hiring Now, an initiative aimed at connecting local job seekers to job opportunities at various KS commercial real estate tenant locations across the state. Employment opportunities in healthcare, education, retail, food & beverage and childcare are a few of the in-demand industries looking to hire local talent. 

Hiring Now features a job board highlighting openings at participating businesses. It also features a Virtual Job Fair on November 10th, 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM, and career coaching workshops. The job fair and workshops are free and open to jobseekers statewide. 
Hiring Now also spotlights small businesses, so visitors can learn more about the meaningful work being done in our community by participating local companies. 



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