In 1985, the Chamber 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 (MAC) comprised of 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.
- Oversee the military’s economic impact to the state’s multi-billion dollar defense industry benefiting Hawaii’s small businesses, research and development ventures, and providing 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 email our Military Affairs Department or call (808) 380-2612.