e-Voice of Business March 27, 2019

President’s Message

Aloha Chamber members,

We are nearing the end of committee hearings at the Legislature. A couple of bills that relate to banning plastic and polysterene products have been deferred by House Consumer Protection and Judiciary Committees. Mahalo to Chairs Roy Takumi and Chris Lee for recognizing that an outright ban will have an impact on commerce and consumers. We understand the intent of the legislation and the importance of addressing climate change, however we believe that simply banning products is not the right solution. While the bills appear dead, we remain vigilant as we enter conference period in a few weeks, when the respective Senate and House Committees meet to work out differences in the bills.
Minimum wage bills are still alive. Bills that we support include those relating to education and innovation. Visit our Facebook,  InstagramTwitter and LinkedIn pages for updates and acknowledgements of legislators. We will continue to provide you with a legislative update.
Finally, the 6th Annual Hawaii on the Hill is coming up fast. Limited exhibit tables are available. If you are interested in showcasing your company to our nation’s leaders and joining our delegation in Washington, D.C., please email Lori Abe. This initiative has garnered national attention by our Chamber peers and those on Capitol Hill. Click here for more information about this exciting initiative and the biggest event on the Hill.

Laulima & mahalo,

Sherry Menor-McNamara
President & CEO

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

Advocating for Business

Final Opportunities to Testify on Minimum Wage Increase

The Legislature will hold its final two opportunities to submit testimony on increasing the minimum wage this week. We encourage our members to submit testimony for both hearings at the links below.

The Senate Ways and Means Committee will meet on Thursday, March 28 at 10:15 a.m. Only written testimony will be accepted at this hearing. Click here to submit testimony.

On Friday, March 29, the House Finance Committee will meet at 3:30 p.m. The House hearing will allow members of the public to testify in person, and we encourage members to attend, if possible. Click here to submit testimony.

We appreciate all of our members who have submitted testimony in previous hearings to help lawmakers understand the impacts this would have on the business community, and we need you on this final push. 

Supporting our Military

Hawaii Servicemembers Honored as Chefs of the Year


Hawaii servicemembers took home top prizes at the Armed Forces Chef of the Year competition. Spc. Mark Caseres won Armed Forces Chef of the Year and Team Hawaii won the Judges Special Award (Cold Food Table). Congratulations!

Building our Membership

Working to Connect Students with Career Opportunities


The Chamber, in partnership with the Castle Foundation, is working to build a connection between industry professionals and Career Academies at Pearl City and Waipahu High Schools. These bridges will better equip students as they enter the next phase of their lives, while also giving teachers the guidance to develop curriculum that is relevant to the present and future.

We are currently seeking businesses in the downtown area to host 3 rotating groups of approximately 10 students on April 26th, from 9:00 to 11:30 AM.  The purpose of the visit is to introduce students to various office environments as they prepare to enter the workforce. We want to provide students who have had limited exposure to professional settings the opportunity to interface with the business community.

Mahalo to Central Pacific Bank, Dentons US LLP, Hawaii Business magazine, Hawaiian Telcom and Hawaii Community Foundation for joining this tour and welcoming our students.

If you would like to participate in this engagement opportunity, please contact Program Coordinator Aran Wilson by email or at (808) 380-2616.


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