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President's Message | September 2018

Each July in Hawaii we welcome the spirit of our ancestors during “obon,” also known as bon dance season. This is the time when families come together for a reunion at their ancestral home. Deeply rooted primarily in the Japanese culture, this practice is shared by many. Of course, most popular is the bon dance which welcome back our ancestors for a few days.

Throughout the state numerous bon dances are primarily held on Buddhist church grounds. “Yagura”, wooden scaffolds are built for musicians and singers. Community members young and old, of all ethnic groups, dance around the yagura. Usually there are food booths selling saimin, bbq sticks and other delicious local foods. At some bon dances, you might also find craft fairs.

What is interesting is the coordination of preparing for the bon dance by community members. What we often don’t see are the preparations, some occurring days prior to the bon dance. This includes the building of the yagura, the structures for the food booths and craft fairs. Most of us will only see the finished products during the bon dance. I’ve attended numerous bon dances but only recently have I realized the efforts that go into making sure the bon dance goes on without a hitch. A lot of credit goes out to those who put in efforts so everyone can enjoy successful bon dance.

The same can be said for the preparation and coordination of many of our Chamber programs and events. From classroom type programs to large luncheon events a lot of work goes on days and weeks prior to the events. This include securing venues, tracking attendance, scheduling speakers, selecting menus and many others. It takes a lot of effort to put on Chamber events and special credit goes to our executive director, Miles Yoshioka and administrative assistant Kristen Yagi for the work they do to coordinate many of our events, including our annual Installation dinner and Governor’s Forum. At the same time they monitor member billing, work on our annual Special Activity Report and most recently moving the office to our new location.

We must also recognize members of the various committees who put in long hours to achieve successful outcomes respective events. Please see some of the events that are being coordinated by these committees in this newsletter. So the next time you attend an event, please thank the members of the respective committee for their hard work in putting together a successful event. As always if you see an event or a committee you wish to participate in contact the committee chair or the Chamber office.

Aloha and Mahalo,

Gordon

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September 2018 Chamber Connection Newsletter