Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
November 19, 2014

In this November 19, 2014 edition:

President's Message
Year-End Policy Committee Meetings!
MAC Honored by Hawaii Army Museum Society
Young Professionals Celebrate with End-of-Year Event
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President's Message

Aloha Chamber members:

Collaboration, or the concept of Laulima, has been a theme that the Chamber continues to embrace. With the opening of the 2015 Legislature around the corner, the Chamber is gearing up by meeting with legislators and other stakeholders, finalizing our Business Package with our committees and board, and preparing activities for Chamber Week that coincides with the opening of session.
An important upcoming collaborative effort is our Alliance meeting. In 2009, the Chamber convened representatives from neighbor island chambers and trade organizations to discuss our respective priorities and identify those issues on which we can work on together and advocate for at the legislature. Since then, the Alliance has met before and during each session and has become a formidable and unified voice. On Friday, the Chamber is meeting with the Alliance to prepare and discuss the 2015 session, including grassroots activities, priority issues and a plan of action.
Another collaborative effort is our recent meeting with the consul generals from Japan, Australia, Republic of Korea and Philippines, all of who are located in Hawaii. This was a first-time meeting where the Chamber brought the CGs together to discuss how we can work together in promoting economic and business opportunities between our members and their respective countries. It was a very productive meeting and we all agreed that the discussion needs to continue to for these opportunities to materialize.

We look forward to sharing the progress of these meetings, as well as other collaborative initiatives.      

Laulima & mahalo,
Sherry Menor-McNamara

President & CEO

Year-End Policy Committee Meetings!

It’s not too late to join a committee and prepare for the 2015 Legislative Session!

The Chamber’s policy committees allow members to voice their concerns and help guide the Chamber’s stance on political issues. For more information on the types of issues addressed in each committee, click here. You can also email our Business Advocacy intern Javen Zhong for more details and to join a committee.

Below is a list of upcoming policy committee meeting dates:
  • Tuesday, December 2 – Workforce Development & Education
  • Wednesday, December 3 – Infrastructure, Transportation & Quality of Life 
  • Friday, December 5 – Small Business & Entrepreneurship Advocacy 
  • Monday, December 15 – Manufacturing in Hawaii Group
  • Monday, December 22 – Economic Development & Innovation
  • Wednesday, December 17 – Workplace Environment & Competitiveness 
Members now have the option to conference call into each committee meeting. Please contact Javen Zhong for more information.

MAC Honored by Hawaii Army Museum Society

At its annual Sunrise Breakfast Celebration on Friday, November 14, the Hawaii Army Museum Society recognized the MAC for its "sustained, outstanding public service to Hawaii's military and civilian communities" with its Ihe Award. Charlie Ota, the MAC's retiring Vice President for Military Affairs, accepted the award on behalf of the MAC. 
During his tenure with the MAC, Charlie promoted the Joint Venture Education Forum, expanded Military Appreciation Week to a month-long celebration, partnered with the state to update Hawaii's animal quarantine law, worked with community organizations to support military deployments and redeployments of Hawaii-based units, and much more. This award was a well-deserved recognition of Charlie's outstanding work to promote, preserve and protect Hawaii's military installations. 
Mahalo to the Hawaii Army Museum Society for the recognition and to Charlie Ota for his outstanding commitment to the Military in Hawaii!

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

Young Professionals Celebrate with End-of-Year Event

The Chamber’s Young Professionals program will be hosting an end-of-year celebration on Friday, December 5th at the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki. With membership at approximately 200 professionals, the YPs will celebrate the year’s successes and kick off the holiday season while networking and building new relationships. Guests will also enjoy a sunset view topped off by evening fireworks.
Event is open to YP members and their guests, as well as the general public. Register by December 4th to take advantage of early-bird pricing.

For more information on the YP program, as well as how to get involved as an executive mentor or sponsor, please visit

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