e-Voice of Business July 31, 2019

President’s Message

Aloha Chamber members,

Got a college internship program in your company? If so, please take this brief seven-question survey so that your Chamber can help you find the next generation of talent.

Imagine being able to quickly find and hire a qualified local applicant for every job opening you have, at any level. Imagine if every local student who wants to live and work in Hawaii finds a satisfying living wage job after graduation, instead of leaving to find work on the mainland. Imagine hiring a college intern who eventually becomes a high-performing member of your team because he or she already learned the skills necessary for the position.

The Chamber and other partners are working to make that vision a reality. One proven way to build connections between local talent and employers seeking new employees is through internships. We want to help interested businesses learn to provide effective internships to find the next generation of talent.

Internship experience is more important than ever as, increasingly, jobs are being unfilled due to the lack of a skilled workforce. In addition to focusing on the present needs, we need to invest in future needs.  

On other notes, don’t miss out on the biggest Chamber event of the year, the 169th Annual Membership Luncheon on August 14. Few sponsorships and seats are available – register now!

And, please be prepared and safe with the impending hurricanes and tropical storms heading towards the islands.

Laulima & mahalo,

Sherry Menor-McNamara
President & CEO

Many hands working together in collaboration and striving for a common goal.

Advocating for Business

HTA Releases Visitor Statistics for the First Half of 2019

Yesterday, the Hawaii Tourism Authority released their figures on Hawaii visitor statistics for the first half of 2019. The number of tourists visiting the state increased roughly4 percent for the first half of this year compared to the same time in 2018. 5,191,523 visitors have visited Hawaii so far in 2019 and if the pace continues, HTA is projecting that the total visitors for the year could top 10 million, which would be a record.
However, despite the increase in arrivals, the average daily visitor spending is down 3 percent, which is roughly $196 per day, when compared to 2018. HTA has attributed this decline to visitors spending less on lodging and transportation.
Click here to view the full HTA press release and report.

Supporting our Military

Coast Guard Hosts Multinational Rescue Exercise

As part of the 8th Pacific Regional Maritime Search and Rescue workshop in Hawaii, the U.S. Coast Guard hosted a joint on-the-water demonstration with more than 15 Pacific countries.

Allies simulated a response to a vessel in distress during a mass rescue operation off Waianae. Partcipants included the observation vessel Dolphin Star, the USCGC Joseph Gerczak (WPC 1126), and a Coast Guard Station Honolulu 45-foot Response Boat-Medium as well as crews from the Honolulu Fire Department. Aircraft from the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, U.S. Navy, France, Australia, and New Zealand also participated.

Building our Membership

Win Two-Nights at the Hilton or 60,000 Hawaiian Miles at the 169th Annual Membership Luncheon

We’re just two weeks away from our 169th Annual Membership Luncheon featuring Kevin Demoff, Chief Operating Officer & Executive Vice President of Football Operations with the LA Rams.

Attendees to the pre-luncheon networking expo whocomplete a Passport Card will be entered to win one of two prizes, a two-night stay at Hilton Hawaiian Village or 60,000 Hawaiian Airlines miles!


Chamber Events:

Aug. 14: 169th Annual Membership Luncheon

Aug. 27: 26th Annual Employment Law Seminar

Sep. 30: 8th Annual Business on the Green Golf Tournament Presented by ALSCO

View all upcoming Chamber events

Member Events:

Aug. 14: How to Start a Small Business

Aug. 15: ULI Hawaii Capital Markets Forum

View all Member events


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