The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii
The Voice of Business in Hawaii
May 15, 2013
From Jim Tollefson, President & CEO
BET You didn’t Know…
1951: The first woman, Louis Rodgers, a real estate broker, was voted in as a Chamber Board Director.
Meetings are held at 1132 Bishop Street from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
15 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Advocacy #402
21 Infrastructure, Transportation, Quality of Life - #402
22 Workplace Environment & Competitiveness - #306
24 Workforce Development & Education - #306
28 Economic Development & Innovation - #402
NOTE: Please note the new contact for committee meetings.
For INQUIRIES and to RSVP, email Kimi Houston-Sur at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 545-4300 ext 353.
163rd Annual Membership Luncheon
Save The Date!
On July 11, 2013, The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii will hold its 163rd Annual Membership Luncheon, the Chamber’s largest networking event of the year.
Each year at this time, we gather to celebrate the accomplishments of the Chamber and its members and focus on our goals for the upcoming year.
With an expo, giveaways and sponsorship opportunities, the annual luncheon is an excellent opportunity for Chamber members to connect and promote their products and services.
Additionally, because it is the beginning of our fiscal year, we will hold the induction of the 2013-14 Board of Directors. This includes the passing of the torch from Outgoing Board Chair Barry Taniguchi, President of KTA Super Stores, to Incoming Board Chair Dennis Francis, President and Publisher of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Barry has been a strong leader and a valuable voice in guiding the Chamber this year and he has left an indelible mark.
We will also be recognizing our “Young Professionals Program” YP participant and mentor of the year for 2012.
The keynote presentation will be on what has been touted as one Hawaii’s most innovative projects, the redevelopment of Kakaako. This project is a long-awaited opportunity to fulfill the vision of transforming this area into a vibrant community of homes, offices, restaurants, entertainment areas and retail.
To provide Chamber members and the business community the opportunity to learn more about the project and what it will mean not only for Honolulu but for the economic growth of our State, we are pleased to have representatives from the companies fulfilling the vision, Alexander & Baldwin, Kamehameha Schools and The Howard Hughes Corporation, along with other participants, joining us for a panel discussion to share their vision for the future of Kakaako. The panel will be moderated by David Tumilowicz of Hawaii Business magazine.
I encourage every business leader to join us at our 163rd Annual Membership Luncheon.
Look for more information in upcoming emails!
A Day of Honoring Hawaii’s Service Members
28th Annual Military Recogntion Luncheon
Held last week at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, almost 800 attendees, including 400 service members, gathered to honor Hawaii’s service men and women. This was a was a very special opportunity for Chamber members to shake the hands of a Soldier, Sailor, Marine, Airman, and Coast Guardsman, and thank them for their service.
Seven service members from the U.S. Pacific Command, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Army and Hawaii National Guard received the “2013 Outstanding Community Service Award”. Each was recognized for going above and beyond to actively support community projects and for volunteering thousands of hours to local programs, schools and non-profit organizations.
Also recognized were Hawaii’s Service Academy and Preparatory Selectees. Twenty one students were in attendance representing the U.S Air Force, U.S Military, U.S Navy and U.S. Coast Guard academies.
This year’s recipient of the Military Officers Association of America “Doleman Award” was Colonel Kwai “Sunny” Young, U.S. Army Ret. Colonel Young was honored for his contributions to both the military and civilian community.
I want to thank our keynote speaker, Rear Admiral Charles Ray, Commander, Fourteenth Coast Guard District, United States Coast Guard. Admiral Ray shared the vital role the Coast Guard plays in the health and safety of our community and in the protection of our nation.
Photos from the event can be found on the Chamber’s facebook page.
Hawaii Hires Heroes Business Leaders Breakfast
The purpose of this event is to introduce community business leaders to a local initiative called Hawaii Hires Heroes and to share with you the resources available for hiring our service members and veterans. The keynote speaker will be the Honorable Neil S. Abercrombie, Governor, State of Hawaii.
Learn how hiring service members and veterans can be of great benefit to your company. They are hard working, team driven and goal oriented and possess the skills to bring great value to your team. They are truly “America’s Best”.
Free. RSVP no later than close of business on May 20, 2013 to email@example.com.