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President's Message | May 2017

Aloha mai kakou,

Alas, our Chamber’s fiscal year is coming to a close in short order. Thankfully, the end of one fiscal year bears forth the start of a new beginning for our Chamber. I’m looking forward to the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead of us.

Recapping last month, there were a few events that several Chamber representatives participated in during April. First, Major General Christopher Cavoli, Commander of the 25th Infantry Division, made a courtesy visit at the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center. Attendees included members from our Chamber’s Military Affairs Committee, our Executive Committee and several folks from our community. It was a cordial visit where Major General Cavoli reaffirmed that he is willing and available to meet with different organizations of our community to provide updates of the U.S. Army in Hawai‘i. Were you aware that the 25th Infantry Division makes up about ten percent of the entire U.S. Army Forces? Please be on the lookout for upcoming opportunities to provide support for our military personnel on Hawai‘i Island and the State.

I had the privilege of participating in the East Hawai‘i launching of the Next Generation Sectors Partnership. This industry-led, community-supported initiative uses an innovative business model for collaboration between educational institutions, workforce development and economic development organizations. Agriculture is the first sector that Hawai‘i Island has decided to tackle. Jacqui Hoover convened the meeting, organizing participation by over a dozen industry representatives.

The Next Generation Sectors partnership included “listener” representatives from community, education, government, non-profits, etc. Ms. Lindsey Woolsey, Principal of The Woolsey Group, facilitated the launching on 25 April. Lindsey also facilitated the launching for the West Hawai‘i representatives. Jacqui Hoover, representing Hawai‘i Island Economic Development Board convened representatives from the agriculture industry. Please stay tuned for updates on this initiative, which started with the Chamber of Commerce HAWAI‘I.

The long awaited return of the Administrative Professionals Day Luncheon and Concert was held on Wednesday, 26 April at the Grand Naniloa Crown Room. It was an exciting and well-deserved appreciation event for all of the hard working and dedicated office professionals that attended. The wonderful entertainment was provided by Lehua Kalima and Shawn Pimental. Kaleo’s Bar and Grill from Pahoa catered the ‘ono lunch.

Mahalo to the Administrative Professionals Day Committee Anne Chung, Wendy Yamada, Gary Napoleon, Haidee Abe, Lisa Kwee, Paulette Wilson, Taylor Escalona and Tobie Fujimoto for putting on a spectacular event.

Finally, the 2017 State Legislative session will come to a close in early May. Stay tuned for an update of the results of this year’s session.

‘Ahui hou, Mike.

May 2017 Chamber Connection Newsletter