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Aloha, As I reflect back upon the past 19 years that I have been actively involved with The Chamber, first as a Board Director, then as Chair and now for 12 years as President and CEO, I am most pleased with the progress and of what we have accomplished as an organization. Success has been measured in such areas as business advocacy, military affairs, training seminars, information forums, the development of Hawaii’s future business leaders and financial stability. Examples of The Chamber’s positive impact abound from successful advocacy efforts, which have saved Hawaii businesses millions of dollars, to the protection and growth of our second most valuable economic driver, the military presence in the state. Other examples include The Chamber’s annual Employment Law Seminar, which has grown in popularity and remains the state’s most valuable and comprehensive training session on this critical subject. Additionally, with the launch of The Chamber’s “Young Professionals” program, we are supporting the develop-

ment of tomorrow’s business leaders and focused on encouraging Hawaii’s YPs to get involved and play an active role in our community. All of these accomplishments would not have been possible without the support of our board of directors, past chairs and the leadership provided by our committee chairs and most importantly, you our members. As we are celebrate our 163rd anniversary, we can all be proud of the role The Chamber has played and continues to play in building a thriving business community and supporting economic growth within our State. In that regard, I would like to recognize this past year’s Chair, Barry Taniguchi. His leadership, counsel and guidance during this past year has been invaluable. I would also like to welcome incoming Chair Dennis Francis. I’m looking forward to the new ideas he will bring to the table to enhance The Chamber’s efforts. In particular, I want to thank him for supporting this special tabloid and providing such a valuable opportunity for the community to learn more about us. It is also obvious that the Chamber would not be where it is today without the hard work and dedication of our professional staff. Your Chamber team is committed to providing you, our members, valuable resources, programs and opportunities to support the growth of your business. In closing, it has been an honor to serve as your President for the past 12 years. It’s been a great run and I leave you in the most capable hands of Sherry Menor-McNamara, who will assume the Presidency on Sept. 1. I am confident that she will lead The Chamber to new heights of success. Mahalo! Jim Tollefson President and CEO

Aloha! Laulima, which in Hawaiian means many hands working together in collaboration and working jointly for a common goal, is integral to building a better business climate and enhancing the economic growth of our communities. We humbly ask you to ho’olaulima with us by participating in events, making your voice heard at the Legislature, and inviting your colleagues to join the Chamber ‘Ohana. Together, we can make a positive difference and improve Hawaii’s standing as a wonderful place to live, work, and conduct business. The Chamber team stands ready to serve and assist your business as we strive to innovate, reevaluate, retool and refresh our products and services to better prepare your company for the ever-changing economic environment and commercial dynamics that touch all of Hawai’i’s businesses. To help lead our efforts, we welcome Dennis Francis as our incoming chair. Dennis has a wealth of experience and business savvy and we look forward to his guidance and counsel. A special mahalo to Barry Taniguchi, our outgoing chair, for steadily navigat-

ing the Chamber through some tough issues last year and positioning us well for the future. Also, special thanks to our president and CEO, Jim Tollefson, who has been at the helm of the Chamber for the past 12 years and leaves behind a solid foundation of accomplishment and success, which will be the springboard for our future initiatives. On a personal note, I wholeheartedly thank Jim for his support and confidence in me as I transition into the role of President & CEO. I would be remiss if I did not also acknowledge the Chamber’s past and present Board of Directors and the respective chairs, policy committees, and Chamber staff for their invaluable contributions in establishing and maintaining the Chamber as the state’s leading voice for Hawaii’s businesses. I’m ready to embark on this critical and important journey with you to help improve our state’s business climate by being a hard-working and diligent servant of our valued members. I pledge to you, laulima.

Sherry Menor-McNamara COO and Senior Vice President, Government Affairs



Aloha. Thank you for allowing me the honor of serving as Chair of The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii for the fiscal year 2012-13. As your Chamber Chair, I pledged to do my best to represent your interests. I asked each of you to consider how your knowledge and experience could help us improve our island life regarding education, housing and commerce. All of you provided that support and involvement and we were able to represent you well. The Chamber is an effective voice of business and we must be willing to take relevant and meaningful stands on tough issues. The legislative and executive branches of government look to us for guidance on business policy issues. As a result, there may have been times when a position taken by The Chamber was not shared by everyone. But we must do what we believe is right for the community, for the economy and for the welfare of our state if we are to continue be a credible voice of business. Additionally, we need to continue to work with organized labor, government leaders and the broader community to find workable solutions for our future.

However, your support and involvement is essential. I encourage you as a business leader to become more involved by participating on our committees, being an advocate on business issues and by participating in events. Help us to continue to serve you better by playing an active role in your Chamber. I would like to thank the Board of Directors for the support they provided this past year. I would also like to thank Jim Tollefson and Sherry Menor-McNamara for their leadership and guidance, and the Chamber staff for its tremendous support. Mahalo for your confidence and for giving me an opportunity of a lifetime that I will always cherish.

Barry Taniguchi President KTA Super Stores

Aloha! Thank you for the opportunity to serve as chair of The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii. It’s an honor and privilege to serve this venerable organization, the second-oldest Chamber west of the Rocky Mountains, which for 163 years has been the principal advocate for the success of business in these Islands. I find it difficult to fathom what life would be like without the members of this Chamber, both past and present, and their continuing guidance and influence on our economy and, in many ways, the daily lives of all who call Hawaii home. The Chamber’s members have contributed so much to these Islands — from the creation of a livelihood for our residents to the generous donations of time and money to so many of Hawaii's charitable and social organizations. I think it is no stretch to say that The Chamber, whose members represent all walks of life, functions as the heart and soul of our community and one of the principal forces powering our state’s economy. In the days and months ahead, I encourage each of you to bring your best

ideas to the table as The Chamber, working cooperatively with leaders from government and organized labor, searches for ways to strengthen our economy and improve the well-being of our community. Together, we can make the Chamber a stronger, more credible voice than ever for business and a vibrant economy. I look forward to serving alongside each of you.

Dennis Francis President and Publisher Honolulu Star-Advertiser



Good afternoon to the Board of Directors, members, participants, honorees and guests attending The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii’s 163rd Annual Membership Luncheon. In particular, I would like to extend my warmest mahalo to Chamber President Jim Tollefson for his exemplary leadership and dedication to community service. I commend The Chamber of Commerce of Hawai‘i for its dedication to fostering unity, creating networking opportunities for leaders within the business community, and for promoting our State’s unique cul-

ture and values. The Chambers’ members represent a diverse cross-section of the State’s business community, united by their commitment to building a strong, healthy and vibrant economy. As our local economy continues to strengthen, my Administration remains committed to sound fiscal management principles that will provide an environment in which small businesses can thrive. We see positive momentum all around us, exhibited in initiatives such as the Hawai‘i Community Development Authority’s plan for a revitalized Kaka‘ako, cen-

tered on balanced, pedestrian-oriented development. By working together, this exciting vision for Kaka‘ako and other worthy efforts to shape the future of Hawai‘i will become a reality. Again, I share my deepest appreciation for the efforts of The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii and all of the participants that have made its 163rd Annual Membership Luncheon a success. With warmest regards, Neil Abercrombie Governor, State of Hawaii



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By Kyle Galdeira


ith a seemingly endless array of potential challenges and roadblocks facing local businesses, the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii works diligently to help remove or mitigate these hurdles and focuses in on initiatives that will have a positive impact on Hawaii’s business climate. The Chamber, the largest business organization in the state, works on behalf of its members and the entire business community to improve the state’s economic landscape and help businesses thrive. The Chamber offers business networking opportunities, provides training and business building opportunities, lobbies government and advocates on behalf of business interests, and functions as the voice of business throughout the state. The Chamber currently has more than 900 member companies, which represent 200,000 employees statewide. At the State Capitol, the Chamber provides a unified and credible voice for the local

business community during the legislative sessions. Some of the Chamber’s main points of emphasis include: protecting businesses from onerous legislation, supporting positive legislation that promotes business opportunities and extolling the pursuit of a productive business climate. “From policy making to marketing and networking to business development, the Chamber offers members many benefits,” said Sherry Menor-McNamara, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of Business Advocacy & Government Affairs. “Being a member of the Chamber of Commerce allows you to build your business through networking with a diverse group of individuals who share a common goal — a vibrant Hawaii economy,” Menor-McNamara said. “Studies have shown that when a company is a member of the Chamber, their business experiences an increase in awareness from consumers as well as improved visibility in the community. Furthermore, con-

sumers are more likely to do business with a company that is a member of the Chamber of Commerce.” On Sept. 1, Menor-McNamara will succeed Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Tollefson, who is retiring. “It’s an exciting and dynamic time in Hawaii and the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii must be part of the conversation to help shape our state’s future to support job growth

and seek ways to fuel our thriving economy,” Menor-McNamara said. “In addition, it’s important for the Chamber to continually seek ways to provide more value and return on investment for our members. We’ll be introducing new initiatives and announcing our plans this fall to our membership.”

Kyle Galdeira is a freelance writer, who contributed this article.

The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii provides the most valuable tools, information and resources to help members grow and thrive. Numerous activities such as events, trainings and forums, offer opportunities to network, share and attain the most valuable information on current business trends, along with information on the core fundamentals of running a business. Most important is the exposure member companies receive. Members can promote their companies through the Chamber website, directory, e-newsletters, expos, table tops and more. Being a member creates important connections that enable individuals and companies to do and achieve more. Your membership is your personal link to opportunities, resources and contacts that support the growth and success of your company. Maximize your investment by participating in Chamber activities and take advantage of the benefits listed in this section. An investment in The Chamber is an investment in your business. To sign up, visit or call 545-4300.

Networking and Professional Development: • Member pricing for all events, activities, seminars and products • Invitation to New Member Welcome with company listing posted on NMW page on website • 4 free tickets to business after hours • Member pricing for the Chamber’s “Young Professionals” program • Connection to Military Affairs Activities Policy Making: • Business advocacy at city, county and state levels • Active participation through Action Alerts • Updates through Legislative E-newsletter and “Voice of Business Action Center” website • Participation in “Walk-Arounds at the Capitol” • Chamber Policy Committee membership • Free participation in Policy Series events Member Services: • Over 50 Member-To-Member discounts on products and services • 15 % to 20 % off all office supplies through Chamber Office Depot program • Copy of the Business Networking Directory • 10% dues credit for recruiting new members

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any of the most recognizable and respected company names existing today, formed and led the activities of the Chamber for over a century including Davies, Bishop, Cooke, Pfluger, Castle, C. Brewer, Dillingham and other key leaders who built the Chamber into Hawaii’s leading business organization. The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii represents the interest of Hawaii’s business community and has done so since 1850. The Chamber was established when the California Gold Rush of 1848 created an overwhelming demand for food and supplies from Honolulu.

People and goods quickly began to flow back and forth between the ports of Honolulu and San Francisco. At that time, a small group of merchants, who realized that to secure the advantages the Islands had to offer for commerce, decided they would need to join together and establish common goals and policies for trade and commerce. Additionally, they recognized that addressing the concerns of the island community was essential to successful commerce and building a strong, vibrant and thriving community. In 1850, 10 of the city’s leading businessmen signed the constitution of a chamber

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of commerce. As it evolved, The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii came to play a major role in building Honolulu “from a collection of mud streets and thatched houses to the bustling, cosmopolitan center it is today.” Today, The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii represents the interest of Hawaii’s business community and

works on behalf of its members and the entire business community to improve the State’s economic climate to help businesses thrive. With more than 1,000 member companies representing over 200,000 employees, The Chamber is the largest organization and strongest voice to serve as “The Voice of Business” in Hawaii.

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Founded in 1965, Hawai‘i Pacific University (HPU) has grown to become the state’s largest private institution, enrolling 7,500 students on two O‘ahu campuses and six military bases, as well as locations around the world through online programs. As the university approaches its 50th anniversary, its 37,000 alumni, approximately 14,000 of whom live and work in Hawai‘i, are joining hands to support a bold new vision for HPU: To be among the top 10 private, comprehensive universities in the Western United States. As evidence of its commitment, the university is pursuing major new bond funding to support facilities and IT upgrades at its Downtown and Hawaii Loa Campuses, as well as an exciting redevelopment of Aloha Tower Marketplace that will feature urban loft living for more than 300 students. There has never been a more exciting time to be part of HPU. With new funding for university facilities and plans for expansion, the future is bright for today’s students and for the generation to come.




Compiled by Bryna Stankiewicz

Merchant Street 1880s

Alakea and Merchant 1890

Honolulu Harbor 1900

Fort Street Honolulu 1919

Honolulu Harbor 1920-30s

1850: Theo H. Davies & Co., orig-

1883: Charles Bishop becomes

snakes to Hawaii.

which became a well-known slo-

(later to become law) to form the

inally known as Starkey, Janion &

Chamber president.

1906: The Chamber recognizes

gan and the start of making life for

Honolulu Sewer and Water Com-

Co., is among the first 10 busi-

1885: Alexander Cartwright, the

that the Islands need to have bet-

local soldiers as pleasant as pos-

mission. This begins the expan-

nesses to form the Chamber.

“Father of Baseball,” is named

ter visibility for ships and garners


sion and modernization of sewer

1852: Due to epidemics, the

Chamber president.

funds for lighthouses at Diamond

1922: The U.S. Supreme Court

and water systems.

Chamber goes quiet until 1858.

1902: Chamber succeeds in get-

Head, Makapuu Point and Aloha

does not include the territory in

1925: The Chamber campaigns for

1858: The Chamber focuses on

ting the government to approve


funding measures for infrastructure

a commercial landing field on Hon-

setting up a monetary system,

the Transpacific Cable between

1916: The Chamber creates the

such as roads, education, etc.,

olulu. The Oahu Airport and Land-

which takes effect in 1869.

the Territory of Hawaii and the U.S.

Army and Navy Committee to

something that was afforded other


1871: Kamehameha V grants the

1903: The Chamber exchanges

focus on areas of defense and

states. The Chamber works with

garners funds to build the “John

Chamber the ability to incorporate.

the first telegrams with San Fran-

preparedness, as well as the

the territory legislature to create

Rodgers Airport” (Honolulu Airport).

1871: The first official Chamber

cisco, L.A. and Portland.

needs of the Army, Navy and Na-

the “Hawaii Bill of Rights,” which

1928: The Chamber’s Aviation

president William Green of Starkey,

1905: The Chamber works to get

tional Guard of Hawaii.

extends provisions of certain laws

Committee proposes interisland

Janion & Co. (now known as Theo

the U.S. Department of Agriculture

1916: The Chamber asks “What

to the territory.

service and focuses on airport

H. Davies Co.) is named.

to ban the importation of all

can Honolulu do for the Soldiers?”,

1924: The Chamber drafts a bill

service improvements.




Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce

The voice of Hawaiian business Our mission: to connect and strengthen Native Hawaiian businesses and professions PO Box 597, Honolulu, HI 96809 •

Honolulu 1940

1929: The Chamber Maritime Af-

Bishop Street 1920

dustrial Committee holds the first

Army Intelligence.

the most decorated unit in U.S.

1942: After 6,000 businesses


close due to lack of cargo space

1945: The Chamber establishes

and government regulations, the

the Hawaii Travel Bureau (Hawaii

Chamber creates the “War Busi-

Visitors Bureau) to begin a pro-

ness Service” to report and inter-

gram for Hawaii’s future tourist in-

pret local and national regulations


and policies of war, and ensure the

1947: The Chamber’s Municipal

cargo tonnage is stable and ap-

committee focuses on Waikiki and

struction and jobs.

propriate for the flow of business

works to make it a “playground for

and goods.

the world” by garnering funds for beach improvement.

Bishop Street Present Day

fairs Committee goes before the

“Buy Hawaiian-Grown and Hawai-

1941: In June, the Chamber Public

Territorial Board of Harbor Com-

ian-Made Products” week.

Health Fund Committee estab-

1943: The Chamber helps Hon-

lishes The Blood Bank, which helps

olulu merchants, who are suffering

1949: The Chamber sponsors the

Hawaii in its greatest time of need

because they have no ability to

first “Town Hall Meeting of the Air,”

when WWII begins in December.

collect on the $10 million in unpaid

which is broadcast to bring con-

1941: The Chamber’s role be-

accounts from the military, to col-

gressional and senatorial dele-

lect their funds.

gates to debate both sides of the topic of Statehood.

missioners calling for expansion of the Honolulu Harbor, and succeeds in getting the harbor dredged.

1934: The Chamber successfully lobbies to have Hawaii included in the national policy on airmail. Inter-Island Airlines is awarded an

1929: The Chamber sponsors the

airmail contract to carry mail be-

comes to disseminate information

first inaugural flight at John

tween Honolulu, Maui, Hilo and

to the community, letting all busi-

1943: The Chamber calls on busi-

nesses know of Marshall Law re-

nesses to release Nisei employees

1951: The first woman, Louise

quirements regarding curfew etc.,

who want to join the 442nd com-

Rodgers, a real estate broker, is voted in as a Chamber Board Di-

Rodgers Airport with Inter-Island Airways (Hawaiian Airlines).

Kauai. 1934: The Chamber establishes

1930: The Chamber recognizes

“National Housing Act Commit-

and works to find safety zones.

bat team. More than 9,000 are

diversification from sugar and

tee” and creates the “Honolulu

1941: Three days after the war be-

able to apply for enlistment. Of


tourism is important. The Cham-

Better Housing Program,” in-

gins, the Chamber turns its office

those, 2,600 are selected. They

— Photos courtesy of

ber’s Trade Commercial and In-

creasing home ownership, con-

in the Dillingham building over to

become the 100th Battalion and

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The Chamber’s Board of Directors is made up of executives and owners from small, medium and large businesses. The Board meets monthly to discuss Chamber initiatives and programs and to address issues that impact the business community and the state. They guide the Chamber and determine what action should be taken on behalf of members and Hawaii’s business community. Barry K. Taniguchi44444444444444 President, KTA Super Stores, Outgoing Chair

Election of Officers

Dennis E. Francis Gabe Lee Virginia Pressler, MD4 Keith Nagata44 Tayne Sekimura44

President and Publisher, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Incoming Chair Executive Vice President of Commercial Markets, American Savings Bank, Chair Elect Executive Vice President/Chief Strategic Officer, Hawaii Pacific Health, Vice Chair Senior Vice President and Division Manager, First Hawaiian Bank, Vice Chair Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., Chair, Budget, Finance and Investment Committee Jim Tollefson44 President and CEO, The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii Sherry Menor-McNamara President and CEO Elect, The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii

Incoming Directors Dennis Ducatt Kurt Matsumoto44 Lance Mizumoto4 Mark Polivka44 Martin J. Welch44 Michael G. Wright

Chair Steering Committee, Young Professionals Program Chief Operating Officer, Lana’i Resorts, LLC Executive VP and Chief Banking Officer, Central Pacific Bank President, Monarch Insurance Services, Inc. Chief Executive Officer, HEMIC Executive Vice President, Acquisitions and Investments, A&B Properties, Inc.

Retiring Directors

Raymond F. Burghardt4 Noelle Condon4 Dick Hawes444 Darren T. Kimura4 44444 Rebecca S. Ward44

Director, East West Seminars, East-West Center Chair Steering Committee, Young Professionals Program Executive VP/Executive General Manager Portfolio Business DevelopmentLend Lease (US) Partnerships, LLC Chief Global Analyst and CMO, Sopogy, Inc. President, Ward Research, Inc.

Continuing and Re-Elected Directors

Vic Angoco 444 Bernie Coleman444 Kippen de Alba Chu444 Mark B. Dunkerley4 Dennis E. Francis 4 Jerry Gibson Signe Godfrey4 Ben Godsey4 Tim Guard4 Wayne Hamano Jeffrey S. Harris44 Gabe Lee4444 Mike May44 Keith Nagata444 Cameron W. Nekota44444 Virginia Pressler, MD44 Bob Reich4444444 Dr. V. Vance Roley4 Tayne Sekimura4444

Senior Vice President-Pacific, Matson, Inc. President, Pacific Allied Products, Ltd. Executive Director, The Friends of Iolani Palace President and CEO, Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. President and Publisher, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Incoming Chair Area Vice President, Hilton Hawaii & Southern California President, Olsten Staffing & Professional Services President, Finance and Operations, ProService Hawaii Chairman and CEO, JBG Corporation Vice Chairman and Chief Commercial Officer, Bank of Hawaii Managing Director and Vice President, Torkildson Katz Moore Hetherington & Harris Executive Vice President, Commercial Markets, American Savings Bank, Chair Elect Principal and Founder, T. Michael May Advisor Services Senior Vice President and Division Manager, First Hawaiian Bank, Vice Chair Vice President, D.R. Horton – Schuler Division Executive Vice President/Chief Strategic Officer, Hawaii Pacific Health, Vice Chair Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Hawaiian Telcom Dean, University of Hawaii Shidler College of Business Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Hawaiian Electric Company Inc., Chair, Budget, Finance & Investment Committee Barry K. Taniguchi 4 President, KTA Super Stores, Outgoing Chair Brian Tatsumura44 Store Manager, Nordstrom Monica Toguchi4 President/Owner, Highway Inn Inc. David Tumilowicz4444444 Director, Broker Relations & Client Engagement, Kaiser Permanente Vaughn G.A. Vasconcellos4 Principal, Alaka’ina Foundation Neal Yokota444444 President and CEO, Stryker Weiner & Yokota Public Relations

Ex-Officio Directors Wayne T. Ishihara Vivian Landrum444 Randall Francisco4 Pamela Tumpap444 Judith Fox-Goldstein44

President, Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Kauai Chamber of Commerce President, Maui Chamber of Commerce President, Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce


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2013 “Young Professional Alaka`i `Opio�Award (Announced at event)

11:50 a.m. 2013 “Young Professional Mentorship� Award David Livingston, Financial Advisor, Ameriprise Financial

Call to Seating Welcome and Introductions Jim Tollefson, President and CEO, The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii

PANEL PRESENTATIONS “The Vision for Kaka’ako� Hawaii’s Future “Third City� and Most Innovative Urban Center (Video introduction) (Moderator) David Tumilowicz, Director, Broker Relations and Client Engagement, Kaiser Permanente

LUNCH 12:25 p.m. | BUSINESS MEETING Induction of the Board of Directors Message Outgoing Chair - Barry Taniguchi, President, KTA Super Stores Message Incoming Chair - Dennis Francis, President and Publisher, Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Christopher Benjamin, President and COO, A & B Properties Paul Quintiliani, Senior Director, Commercial Real Estate Division, Kamehameha Schools  David Striph, Senior VP – Hawaii, The Howard Hughes Corporation

Comments Jim Tollefson, President and CEO Sherry Menor-McNamara, COO and Senior VP, Government Affairs





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The Chamber Public Health Fund Supports Non-Profits and Improves Islanders’ “Quality of Life� By Bryna Stankiewicz


wice a year, The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii as the trustee of the Public Health Fund (PHF), awards numerous non-profits in the City & County of Honolulu grant money to support their health-related programs, projects and services. Although voluntary contributions to the fund ended in 1950 and it has never been supported by membership dues, the PHF remains viable and continues to provide invaluable support to programs that help educate our community and local families on how to stay healthy, along with services that offer much needed resources to those in need. Since 1985 the PHF has granted more than $3 million to non-profits on Oahu. In October 2012 and March 2013, the Chamber, through the recommendations of its Public

Health Fund Committee, awarded over $114,000 in grants to numerous organizations for their various programs that help to promote public health education, research and resources for which funds are not generally available from other sources. The organizations to receive grants are: • Waikiki Health Center: Establishing a Dental Clinic Targeting Medically Underserved Populations • Hawaii Foodbank, Inc.: Hunger in Hawaii 2014 – A report on those needing food assistance in 2013 • Child & Family Service: Maintaining Senior Wellness in Ewa Beach • Waianae Care, Inc.: CAPS (Community Adolescent Physicals for Sports) Project • Aloha Medical Mission: Ke

Pua Mae’Ole-Never Fading Flower • Save The Foodbasket: Grocery Distribution Program • Ethnic Education Foundation of Hawaii: Access Care Today • Mental Health America of Hawaii: Grow A Rainbow • Young Women’s’ Christian Association of Oahu (YWCA): Safety, Security and Sanitation Needs at Fernhurst Residence Qualified individuals and organizations can submit project proposals that address health care issues on the island of Oahu to the Public Health Fund Committee. Visit for more information or email The PHF Has Been Providing Grants Since 1899 In 1899, an epidemic of bubonic plague closed Honolulu Harbor and quarantined part of Honolulu.

In an effort to exterminate rats from the wharves and prevent future epidemics, a committee of shipping company representatives and importers assessed themselves 10 cents per ton of imports for rat control. Fifteen years later the Public Health Committee of The Chamber of Commerce of Honolulu accepted responsibility for collecting the voluntary assessments and disbursing funds for public health programs. In 1923, the Equity Court formally appointed the Chamber trustee of the Public Health Fund and directed the Chamber to limit grants to public health activities within the City and

County of Honolulu. As Hawaii's economy expanded in the 1940s, the collections and the fund balance increased substantially. Assessments were discontinued in 1950. Since then, grant awards have been limited to the amount of interest and dividends received from investment of principal. The fund balance is currently in excess of $2 million, producing more than $100,000 in annual income for distribution. The Chamber of Commerce of Honolulu merged with the Hawaii State Chamber of Commerce on Jan. 1, 1967, and became The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii.

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y the end of this year’s session at the State Capitol, Chamber members could breath a collective sigh of relief as the 2013 legislative session concluded with the majority of results favorable to Hawaii’s business climate. Led by members of the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, small and large businesses alike sought to have their opinions heard regarding bills that would impact the cost of doing business in Hawaii. With roots dating back to 1850, the Chamber works on behalf of Hawaii’s business community at the legislature, representing more than 900 companies and more than 200,000 employees. “Most businesses do not have the time to testify in hearings because they are busy running their companies,” said Sherry Menor-McNamara, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of Government Affairs. “Therefore, it’s the Chamber’s job to be the ‘Voice of Business’ at the Capitol and ensure that the business perspective is heard.” Of the more than 2,500 bills proposed at this year’s session, the Chamber actively followed approximately 200 bills pertaining to different policies, ranging from workplace mandates and

regulations, education, military, land use, tax and health care. Many of the mandates and tax bills up for discussion carried the potential to increase business costs. However, most of the measures were deferred. “Given that many businesses are still recovering from the economic downturn, we are very thankful for the Legislature’s support,” Menor-McNamara said. One of the more onerous issues this session was a bill that proposed a mandatory meal break. The bill, if approved, would have required an employer to provide meal breaks for employees every five hours. After analyzing how the bill would impact businesses as a whole, Chamber members actively testified against the bill, which eventually got deferred. Another positive outcome came with the rejection of a bill requiring employers to implement a mandatory sick leave policy for all employees, including part-time and temporary workers. The cost impact would have been significant, especially on small businesses. Perhaps one of the most talked-about issues concerned raising the state’s minimum wage. While the Chamber did recognize that a substantial time period had passed since Hawaii’s minimum wage rate

changed, the Chamber called for a more incremental approach. This would allow businesses the opportunity to plan their budgets accordingly. Ultimately, the bill was deferred. For those looking to sell or purchase a business, the “successor employer” bill required buyers of existing companies to retain all non-supervisory employees. “If this mandate were to become law, buyers would be dis-

couraged from acquiring an existing company that needs help in becoming more efficient and viable,” Menor-McNamara said. “Then, the original owner will keep running the business without the proper means to remain efficient or close down altogether. The net effect would be more job loss. While well-intended, many of these bills will pose negative consequences for Hawaii’s economic climate and increase the

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already high cost of doing business. “Businesses in Hawaii manage with aloha and want their employees to be taken care of, so many of the measures are not necessary. Sometimes, what may seem to minimally impact businesses, actually proves harmful because it impedes an employer’s ability to control costs, maximize efficiency and manage their workforce at the highest level, which includes providing generous benefits and

other incentives,” Menor-McNamara said. The Chamber plans to introduce a business package for the upcoming session and, at the same time, continue to monitor and advocate against bills that will undermine efforts to build a robust economy and sustain and create jobs. Michelle Lee is a freelance writer, who contributed this article.



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Hawaii is Central to Economic Growth in The Asia Pacific


uring the 2011 APEC hosted by the U.S. in Honolulu, President Barack Obama, then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and then Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced that the focus of U.S. foreign policy would shift toward the Asia Pacific to address growing security concerns that threaten to disrupt peaceful relations that prevailed throughout the region and fostered the emergence of thriving economies. Among the immediate threats is China’s aggressive behavior to gain control of the South China Sea and the vital sea lanes through which flow more than 50 percent of the world’s economy.      The foreign policy strategy challenges the U.S. and Asia Pacific nations to enhance regional security, and keep the South China Sea free and open for global commerce and trade. The success of this strategy centers on enhancing regional partnerships and continuing with the strategy of forward-deploying U.S. security forces to such places as South Korea, Japan (including Okinawa), Guam and Hawaii. New agreements now provide for rotating U.S. Marine Corps expeditionary units through Darwin, Australia and forward-deploying up to four of the U.S.

Hawaii-based “Fisher House” received a corporate donation for military families to have a ‘home away from home’ while their loved ones receive specialized medical treatment at Tripler Army Medical Center.

Navy’s new Littoral Combat Ships in Singapore. A similar agreement being discussed with the Philippine Government would further extend U.S. presence in Southeast Asia. From Hollywood to Bollywood and from polar bears to penguins, Hawaii’s role in the Asia Pacific region’s security strategy is crucial. The state serves as the key command and control center for military operations in the Asia Pacific region, including the Headquarters for the U.S. Pacific Command and the component commands for the U.S. Navy, Army, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard, and hosts an array of highly responsive combat-ready ground, air, and naval forces. These forward-deployed forces will be joined by the militaries of partner nations to deter and dissuade military aggression and, when called upon, help to restore devastated communities and weakened economies in the wake of military conflicts, natural disasters and other emergencies. Hawaii is also the bridge to the nations and economies in the Asia Pacific. The East-West Center, University of Hawaii, Asia Pacific Center for Security

Studies, Pacific Forum – Center for Strategic & International Studies, Asia Pacific consul generals, and a number of other Hawaii-based organizations contribute to making the state the preferred location to sustain U.S. security and foreign policy goals in the Pacific. — Charlie Ota, Vice President, Military Affairs

Impact of Military Presence in Hawaii • Annual defense spending exceeds $8.5 billion, which includes nearly $2.5 billion in procurement contracts. • Direct and indirect impacts, the defense industry generates more than $14.7 billion into Hawaii’s economy and accounts for creating more than 101,000 jobs that report more than $8.7 billion in household incomes. • Nearly 20 percent of Hawaii’s population is connected with the military.

Military Affairs Council (MAC) The MAC was formed as an unencumbered affiliate of The Chamber at the request of the

Governor of Hawaii in 1985. It is chartered to serve as the liaison for the State of Hawaii in matters relating to the military and to meet Hawaii’s prominent role in U.S. security strategy for the Asia Pacific. The MAC is comprised of Chamber business leaders, state and county government officials, and retired U.S. flag and general officers, and meets regularly with senior commanders and defense officials in Hawaii and Washington, DC. The MAC hosts the annual Hawaii Military Partnership Conference to update Hawaii’s business and government leaders on the status of security concerns in the Asia Pacific, and sends a delegation of members to visit Washington, D.C. annually to address the needs of the military and their families in Hawaii.

O`ahu Council The Chamber administers the affairs of the O`ahu Council, which is a state-level body cochaired by the Governor of Hawaii and the Commander of

the U.S. Pacific Command. Membership includes the Commanders of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, Pacific Air Forces, Marine Forces Pacific, U.S. Army Pacific, 14th Coast Guard District, and Hawaii National Guard; Speaker of the State House; President of the State Senate; Mayor of the City and County of Honolulu; and leaders in the Chamber and Hawaii’s business community.

2013 Hawaii Military Partnership Conference In early January of each year, the MAC hosts its annual Military Partnership Conference to update Hawaii’s government, civic, and business leaders on the status of U.S. military presence in Hawaii and the Asia Pacific. The senior commanders of the U.S. Pacific Command, U.S. Pacific Fleet, U.S. Pacific Air Forces, U.S. Army Pacific, Marine Forces Pacific, 14th Coast District, and Hawaii’s National Guard present briefings that provide current information on U.S.

The Military Affairs Department is responsible for serving as the liaison for the State of Hawaii in matters relating to the military, acting as the advocate for the military and their families, and providing oversight for the state’s $14.7 billion defense industry.

security strategy in the Pacific, and how this impacts Hawaii. 

2013 MAC Delegation Visit to Washington, D.C. A delegation of MAC members visits Washington, D.C. annually to meet with key defense officials and the service secretaries and military chiefs in the Pentagon, U.S. State Department officials, and congressional officials on Capitol Hill, including Hawaii’s delegation.These visits serve to discuss the needs of the military in Hawaii and in the Asia-Pacific region by securing key support in the Pentagon and Capitol Hill.

The Commander U.S. Pacific Command, Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, emphasized the “Asia-Pacific Rebalance” at the annual partnership conference.

Hawaii Military Appreciation Month (HMAM) The Chamber established Hawaii Military Appreciation

Month more than 28 years ago to honor our military members and their families. Each May, numerous activities are held to show our appreciation and to say Mahalo for their service and for the contributions they make to our State. 2013 Activities included: •An Evening of Aloha to kick-off Hawaii Military Appreciation Month in May • Combined Military Band Concert at the Hale Koa Hotel • Military Recognition Luncheon at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel • Military Appreciation Day at the Honolulu Zoo • Henry Kapono, “I’m Coming Home - Salute to the Troops” concert at the Hawaii Theatre During the month many businesses celebrate by offering

special discounts to Hawaii’s soldiers and their families.

Corporate Sponsors “Mahalo” A most grateful “Mahalo” to the following businesses for their continuing support of MAC events and activities throughout the 2012-13 year: • BAE Systems Support Solutions • Bank of Hawaii • Big Island Candies • First Hawaiian Bank • Hunt Companies Inc. • Hawaii Pacific University • Hawaiian Host Inc. • Hawaiian Isles Kona Coffee Inc. • Island Heritage • Matson Navigation Co. • Northrup Grumman • Outrigger Enterprises • Tesoro Hawaii

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Chamber YP’s had the opportunity to “talk story” with Mark B. Dunkerly, President and CEO of Hawaiian Airlines, at a “Brown Bags with the Board” lunch.


ou’ve earned your degree, but can’t seem to find a job, at least not one in your field. Or maybe you’ve been in the same position for years with no lateral move in sight. Or maybe you’ve finally decided to start that business you’ve always dreamed of. It doesn’t matter what line of work you do, young professionals often times just need a little guidance to help them move forward in their career. The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii recognizes this, and in 2011 introduced its Young Professionals program focusing on professional development, community service, networking activities, training and mentoring for young professionals, entrepreneurs and emerging business leaders between the ages of 21 and 39. As the largest business organization in the State, the Chamber has access to business, government and community leaders from across the Islands. Through Young Professionals, it offers a mentor-

ship program to bridge the gap between Hawaii’s established and future leaders, and ultimately continues the prosperity of Hawaii's business community. Last year, David Livingston, a financial adviser at Ameriprise, signed up to be a mentor and was partnered with Benji Eger, a financial specialist at Wealth Strategy Partners. Livingston, who also served as YMCA director for 25 years and president of TriMark Hawaii, a company specializing in direct mail advertising, has always believed in giving back to the community. He spent countless hours with Eger, sharing his insight and advice from his many years of experience. “If we don't train our future leaders, we have no leadership,” said Livingston. “We’ve got to get involved. It’s a responsibility of every business leader in every community to make sure that the guys that are growing up and are gonna take our places have the values that we have, the ethics that we

have and the drive that we have. “I owe whatever success I’ve had to the folks who took the time to teach me the ropes. Throughout my life there’s always been a mentor, someone to get me to the next level.” Eger, who moved to Hawaii five years ago from Germany as an undergraduate student at Hawaii Pacific University and later earned his MBA, credits Livingston for helping him to improve his business and be more efficient. “I faced a number of hurdles on how to move forward, positioning myself within my market, setting priorities for myself and passing my professional exams within my industry,” explained Eger. “Dave asked me about my goals and introduced me to practice management strategies and study strategies. More importantly, he provided me with an example to follow in building my client base.” As a result of the Young Professionals’ Mentorship program, Eger noted his customer service

skills improved as well as the way he manages his clients, including building meaningful relationships with them which helps with his retention. “Dave motivates me, encourages me to improve myself as a strong leader and showed me that even with a busy schedule, we can always find the time to support the people around us and touch their lives positively,” added Eger. “Besides having someone mentor you

and take care of you, a friendship also was developed.” There are more than 170 active participants in the Young Professionals program, and in 2013 more than 30 business leaders and Chamber Board Directors participated in its mentorship program. To become a mentor to a Young Professional, call 545-4300 ext. 317. For young professionals interested in joining the program, visit


very year, The Chamber holds more than 40 business events, which provide members the opportunity to network and promote their products and services to attendees. These events include expos, trainings, luncheons, forums and networking events. Upcoming Events for 2013 Visit July 11: “163rd Annual Membership Luncheon,” Hilton Hawaiian Village, noon-1:30 p.m. July 31: “Talk Story with DOE Superintendent Kathy Matayoshi”, Café Julia at the YWCA, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Aug. 6: “Talk Story with Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa,” Café Julia at the

YWCA, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Aug. 8: 20th Annual “2013 Hawaii Employment Law Seminar,” Hawaii Convention Center, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 21: “Chamber FocusON Microsoft and GoogleDocs” Training. 1132 Bishop St. #306, 8-10:30 a.m. August 21: “YP Professional Development Class,” Location TBD, 5:30–7:30 p.m. Oct. 4: 2nd Annual “Business on the Green Golf Tournament,” noon – 5:30 p.m. Oct. 2: “Chamber FocusON Marketing & Social Media,” 1132 Bishop St. #306, 8 – 10:30 a.m. Nov. 13: “Chamber FocusON Year End Tax Update,” 1132 Bishop St. #306, 810:30 a.m. Dec. 18: “Chamber FocusON Legislative “How To” for



Small Business,” 1132 Bishop St. #611, 8-10:30 a.m. Young Professional Program Events Visit July 17: “YP Leadership Development Class,” Hilo Hattie, 5:30– 8 p.m. July 23: “YP Mixer,” Morton’s The Steakhouse, 5:30–7:30 p.m. Aug. 21: “YP Professional Development Class,” Location TBD, 5:30–7:30 p.m. Some of The Chamber’s activities include: > Business after Hours Chamber’s most popular networking event. Relaxed, informal business-to-business

networking held at Honolulu’s most unique venues. > New Member Welcome First opportunity to network with other members and meet the Chamber team. Attendees learn what the Chamber does and what opportunities it provides. > Table Top/Expos Offered at numerous Chamber events, members can

display their products or connect with a business that can provide a service. > Legislative, Issues and Policy Forums Opportunities to meet and network with Legislators, and attend presentations and Q & A sessions with government officials on Legislative and “quality of life” issues that impact the business community and the State.

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