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President's Message | February 2020

Just a few weeks ago many HICC members took Monday, January 20th, off as a holiday. Some played, some spent the day resting, others worked, and some spent the day in reflection for the man the holiday was named for. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is probably best known for being an inspirational civil rights leader, who created change in the political and social landscape of the USA and gave the ultimate sacrifice for his beliefs. He advocated for inclusion and empowerment; he got involved and spoke up.

You might be wondering what the relevance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., has to this month’s newsletter article. Besides being an interesting part of our American history, it was my search for an appropriate quote that led me to this topic. He once said, “The time is always right to do what is right.”

Over the last several months I have spoken to a lot of people with concerns about why things are the way they are. It’s easy to commiserate with them as I share many of those feelings too. But then I remember some of the lessons my parents taught me when I was a child. If I don’t like the way something is, then do something about it…get involved…make a difference…and of course, stop procrastinating!

I see evidence of these values in our HICC members as they volunteer for committees, attend functions, speak up and ask the hard questions, offer testimony for or against matters they care about, and share their wisdom with others just a little less experienced. Thank you for all you do!

Perhaps you might want to get even more involved. Hawaii needs you and the time is now. There are several great opportunities available in Hawaii County to serve on various boards, commissions, and committees. Check out this list for some of the available positions. Or you can click on this link, for information on how to apply for a vacancy.

Another great opportunity to get involved and make your voice heard, is to submit testimony to the State Legislature on bills being considered by the House and Senate members. Click on this link to gain access to the Hawaii State Legislature website. It is filled with a lot of information including the actual wording of proposed bills, status of bills, names and contact information of our legislators, etc. You can also use the same website to submit testimony on bills that you care about. If you’re a first-time user, consider registering for an account so you can easily provide testimony in the future with just a few keystrokes.

I’ll end this month’s article with another quote, this one from Maya Angelou, “When you do nothing you feel overwhelmed and powerless. But when you get involved you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment that comes from knowing you are working to make things better.”

Aloha,
Rhea

February 2020 Chamber Connection Newsletter