Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
June 15, 2016

In this June 15, 2016 edition:

President's Message
Work Environment 2.0, June 21
Hawaii Island Chamber Hosts First Annual Meeting
YPs & Shidler Alumni Association Host Speed Networking Mixer, June 23
Check Out Member Spotlights

President's Message

Aloha Chamber members:

With more than 100 participants, 50 companies and 300 boxes shipped from Hawaii to Washington D.C., the 3rd Annual Hawaii on the Hill was, once again, a resounding success. We're honored to have led this effort to showcase Hawaii in partnership with U.S. Senator Hirono and her team.
A welcome reception at the President Woodrow Wilson House was followed by a legislative policy summit, giving participants an opportunity to hear from agency representatives and ranking Senators, including New York Senator Chuck Schumer.
The two-day agenda was capped off by Taste of Hawaii on the Hill, one of the biggest events held on Capitol Hill and, by far, the largest of any state "taste of" events. The largest room on the Hill was filled to capacity, with long lines around the historic Kennedy Caucus Room. A record 1,500 attendees interacted with participants and learned more about our great state and our different industries that contribute to Hawaii’s, as well as our nation’s, economy. Hawaii was front and center on Capitol Hill.
Success wouldn't been possible without participating members and businesses. We were honored to have our Congressional Delegation serve as honorary chairs, Senate President Ron Kouchi as honorary state chair, and Mayors Carvalho and Arakawa as honorary county chairs, with Senate Majority Leader Kalani English and Representative Jimmy Tokioka joining the contingent. Finally, a BIG mahalo to the Chamber team for their tremendous efforts.

Continuing the momentum of promoting Hawaii, Senator Schatz introduced a resolution, signed by Senator Hirono, recognizing Hawaii's contributions to the culinary heritage of the U.S. and designating the week of June 12 as “National Hawaiian Food Week.”

The Chamber will continue to work collaboratively with our Congressional Delegation and stakeholders at our nation’s Capitol to promote Hawaii.

Laulima & mahalo,
Sherry Menor-McNamara

President & CEO

Work Environment 2.0, June 21

Join us on June 21 from 8am-1pm for a half-day seminar, Work Environment 2.0: Adapting to a Changing Work Environment, covering the changing job market, what employees are looking for in a work environment and how to keep them engaged.

SESSION I: Work Environment 2.0 Survey Presentation
Over 400 respondents - from college students to the most seasoned employees - have taken this survey on what they want from an employer, job and manager.

SESSION II: Engaging and Managing Millennials
Hear from a panel of millennial employees and managers to learn what they are looking for in a job and employer.

SESSION III: Recruiting and Retaining Good Employees in a Good Economy
Hear from employers with Hawaii's Best Places to Work on what they do to recruit, retain and develop good talent.

SESSION IV: Industry and Job Market Data
Receive current industry and occupation data for Hawaii and national job markets.

Click here to register and for more information. 

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

Hawaii Island Chamber Hosts First Annual Meeting

On June 13, the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce hosted its Annual Meeting and Installation Dinner with keynote speaker Major General Charles Flynn, Commanding General of the 25th Infantry Division and U.S. Army Hawaii.

The Hawaii Island Chamber announced the formation of its Military Affairs Committee earlier this year. The largest issue that the HI MAC will work to address is the renewal of the lease at the Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA). The Army's lease with the state is set to expire in 2029.

In his remarks, Flynn noted that while the majority of military personnel and assets are located on Oahu, PTA may be the most critical asset in Hawaii, if not the entire Asia-Pacific Region. In the wake of litigation and opposition to military training throughout the region, training lands are scarce. Without the ability to train, our military will not be ready when called upon.

Flynn's participation at this event not only showed the Army's commitment to the community, but also the Hawaii Island Chamber's strong willingness to find a resolution..

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

YPs and Shidler Alumni Association Hosts Speed Networking Mixer, June 23

Join the Young Professionals, in collaboration with the Shidler Alumni Association, on Thursday, June 23 for an evening of speed networking with some of Hawaii's top organizations and professionals.

Featured companies include: Alaska Airlines, Hawaii Business magazine, Honolulu Professionals Foundation, Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transport (HART), The Law Office of Jason R. Burks, Kaiser Permanente, Spire, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Sultan Ventures and The Plaza Club.

This event is $15 for Shidler Alumni Association members and Young Professionals. Registration includes light pupus. Parking is $3.50 flat rate after 5:00 pm in the Pioneer Plaza Building.

Click here to register and for more information. 

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