Join the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii for weekly conversations with Hawaii’s business community. Hosted by Jo McGarry, this podcast will tell the story of business in Hawaii, and will address the challenges of adapting to an ever changing economy. The podcast will also serve as a valuable resource to anyone looking to grow their business, or hear the inside story of some of Hawaii’s most influential employers.

Our podcast episodes range from 15-20 minutes in length, so it’s perfect to listen to on your morning drive, while working out, or just doing chores around the house.

Listen on Spotify and Apple Podcasts

Episode 17: Granting Life-Changing Wishes for Children with Make-A-Wish Hawaii’s President & CEO Trini Kaopuiki Clark

Research shows a wish can give kids the strength to fight against and even overcome a critical illness.

As President and CEO of Make-A-Wish® Hawaii, Trini Kaopuiki Clark leads a team of nearly 30 staff and more than 700 Hawaii volunteers to support the organization’s mission of creating life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. A University of Hawaii graduate, Clark is an accomplished local professional with nearly 20 years of communication experience in the Hawaii television industry and 10 years of nonprofit leadership.

18 minutes


Episode 16: Talking Story About Murphy’s Bar & Grill with Don Murphy 

In 1987, Don Murphy purchased what was then the Royal Hawaiian Saloon and opened Murphy’s Bar and Grill. Since then, Don and Marion Murphy have been giving customers a taste of the Irish homeland.

Learn about how Don got his start at Murphy’s, how they continue to give back to the community, and some of the signature dishes that you need to try when you make your trip to Murphy’s. 

18 minutes


Episode 15: Investing in Hawaii’s Future Through High-Quality Work-Based Learning

Understand the importance of work-based learning in developing our future workforce, and how your business can be involved in investing in world-based learning.

Featured guests include:

  • Lord Ryan Lizardo,  Program Manager of Work-Based Learning at the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
  • Kim Virtudazo, Freshman Success Academy Lead Teacher at Campbell High School
  • Geraldine Valencia Academy Coordinator at Campbell High School

19 minutes


Episode 14: Building a Local Engineering Talent Pipeline Through the Engineering Sector Partnership

What is sector partnership? And what is its role in providing employer-led workforce solutions? Understand how the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii and the private sector + education partners are partnering to build Hawaii’s future engineering workforce.

Today’s guests are: Keala Peters, Executive Vice President, Education & Workforce Development, Executive Director of Sector Partnerships, of the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii and Katie Kaahanui, Program Manager of Hawaii is Hiring.

18 minutes


Episode 13: It’s Not Business as Usual: Collaborations That Are Preparing Students for Next Generation Jobs
Collaborations are having more of an impact than ever before when it comes to preparing Hawaii students for next generation jobs. It is definitely not “business as usual.” Dive deeper into some of the ways that the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii is working with community partners to create a positive impact on Hawaii’s future.

On this episode, Join Keala Peters, Executive Vice President, Education & Workforce Development & Executive Director of Sector Partnerships at the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, and Alex Harris, Vice President of Programs at Harold K.L. Castle Foundation as they talk about the different ways that companies can get involved in preparing students for the future workforce.

19 minutes


Episode 12: Hawaii is Hiring
Join us as we sit down with Katie Kaahanui, Program Manager of Hawaii is Hiring and Christina Cooper, Division Manager of Executive Solutions at Staffing Solutions of Hawaii, as they talk all about the current job market, what types of skills employers are looking for, and more.

21 minutes