Military Affairs

In 1985, the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii officially established the Military Affairs department to:

  • Serve as the state’s liaison in matters relating to the U.S. military. The Chamber formed the Military Affairs Council comprised of Chamber business leaders, Hawaii government officials, and retired military flag and general officers to protect and preserve the military’s presence in Hawaii, promote public awareness and understanding of issues challenging the military locally and nationally, and serve as the advocate for military and their families.
  • Provide oversight for the military’s economic impact to the state’s multi-billion dollar defense industry benefitting Hawaii’s small businesses, research and development ventures, and good-paying jobs for Hawaii residents. The defense industry is responsible for generating $14.7 billion into Hawaii’s economy, making it the state’s second major source of revenues, next to tourism. Moreover, the industry accounts for creating job opportunities for more than 100,000 Hawaii residents that report annual household earnings topping $8.7 billion annually.

For more information about the Chamber’s Military Affairs activities, please contact Charlie Ota, Vice President of Military Affairs, at (808) 545-4300 x320, charles@cochawaii.org.

Military Affairs Council

Military’s Economic Impact to Hawaii

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Military Commands based in Hawaii:

 US-pacific-command     U.S. Pacific Command
 usmc    U.S. Marines Forces Pacific
 us-pac-fleet    U.S. Pacific Fleet
 us-army-pacific    U.S. Army Pacific
 pacific-air-forces   Pacific Air Forces 
 coast-guard    14th Coast Guard District
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Phone: (808) 545-4300
Fax: (808) 545-4369
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