e-Voice of Business May 8, 2019

President’s Message

Aloha Chamber members,

Climate change is real and happening and we can all acknowledge that a sustainable future is critical for Hawaii. As such, the Chamber is partnering with Hawaii Energy on a panel discussion titled “Energy Innovation, Efficiency and Climate Change,” focused on statewide efforts in these areas. The event is scheduled for June 18 from 9-11 am at Fuller Hall at the YWCA Laniakea.

Mayors Kawakami (Kauai), Victorino (Maui) and Caldwell (Oahu), and Hawaii County Deputy Director of Research & Development Ron Whitmore are confirmed panelists. Each county will provide an overview of innovative policies and programs in the areas of energy, efficiency and climate change being initiated or on the horizon. Many businesses are already taking action in their own operations by investing in technology solutions and enhancing their efficiency. Therefore, after the presentations, a discussion on the intersection of these areas and what businesses can do to support stated goals and work in these areas, will be facilitated by Brian Kealoha, Hawaii Energy’s Executive Director.
We hope you can join us for this convening of the counties. You can register now by clicking here.

Laulima & mahalo,

Sherry Menor-McNamara
President & CEO

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

Advocating for Business

Legislature-Passed Bills Await Governor’s Signature

Now that the 2019 State Legislature has adjourned, bills that were passed now head to Governor Ige, who has 45 days after adjournment to determine whether or not to sign each bill into law. 

The Governor has three options to determine the final outcome of each bill:

  • Sign the bill into law by this year’s July 9th deadline.
  • Veto a bill if he chooses to. If vetoed, the bill cannot become law unless the Legislature overrides the Governor’s veto in special session by a 2/3 majority vote in each chamber. June 24th is the deadline for the Governor to inform the Legislature on what bills he intends to veto that were sent to him.
  • Finally, the Governor may choose to not sign or veto a bill, but the bill will still become law.

Governor Ige welcomes any comments in support or opposition of bills that were passed by the Legislature this session. Click here to comment on a bill. 

Supporting our Military

Lieutenant Governor, Military Affairs Council Recognize Outstanding Service Members


Lieutenant Governor Josh Green and the Chamber’s Military Affairs Council presented an official proclamation designating May as Military Appreciation Month. Military service members from each military branch were also recognized for their exceptional volunteerism in the Hawaii community.

Building our Membership

Nominations Open for PBN’s Hawaii’s Best Workplaces

Pacific Business News is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Hawaii’s Best Businesses. We encourage Chamber members to highlight your outstanding business and employees! Click here to fill out the nomination form.

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