Newsletters

May 2019 Chamber Connection Newsletter

HICC Newsletters

Click the links below to view previous issues of our Chamber Newsletter.

April 2019 Chamber Connection Newsletter

March 2019 Chamber Connection Newsletter

February 2019 Chamber Connection Newsletter

January 2019 Chamber Connection Newsletter

December 2018 Chamber Connection Newsletter

November 2018 Chamber Connection Newsletter

October 2018 Chamber Connection Newsletter

September 2018 Chamber Connection Newsletter

August 2018 Chamber Connection Newsletter

July 2018 Chamber Connection Newsletter

June 2018 Chamber Connection Newsletter

May 2018 Chamber Connection Newsletter

April 2018 Chamber Connection Newsletter

March 2018 Chamber Connection Newsletter

February 2018 Chamber Connection Newsletter

January 2018 Chamber Connection Newsletter

December 2017 Chamber Connection Newsletter

November 2017 Chamber Connection Newsletter

October 2017 Chamber Connection Newsletter

September 2017 Chamber Connection Newsletter

August 2017 Chamber Connection Newsletter

July 2017 Chamber Connection Newsletter

June 2017 Chamber Connection Newsletter

May 2017 Chamber Connection Newsletter

April 2017 Chamber Connection Newsletter

March 2017 Chamber Connection Newsletter

February 2017 Chamber Connection Newsletter

January 2017 Chamber Connection Newsletter

December 2016 Chamber Connection Newsletter

November 2016 Chamber Connection Newsletter

October 2016 Chamber Connection Newsletter

September 2016 Chamber Connection Newsletter

August 2016 Chamber Connection Newsletter

July 2016 Chamber Connection Newsletter

June 2016 Chamber Connection Newsletter

May 2016 Chamber Connection Newsletter

April 2016 Chamber Connection Newsletter

March 2016 Chamber Connection Newsletter

February 2016 Chamber Connection Newsletter

January 2016 Chamber Connection Newsletter

December 2015 Chamber Connection Newsletter

November 2015 Chamber Connection Newsletter

October 2015 Chamber Connection Newsletter

September 2015 Chamber Connection Newsletter

August 2015 Chamber Connection Newsletter

July 2015 Newsletter

June 2015 Newsletter

May 2015 Newsletter

April 2015 Newsletter

March 2015 Newsletter

February 2015 Newsletter

January 2015 Newsletter

December 2014 Newsletter

November 2014 Newsletter

October 2014 Newsletter

September 2014 Newsletter

August 2014 Newsletter

July 2014 Newsletter

June 2014 Newsletter

May 2014 Newsletter

President's Message | March 2019

It’s been an exciting and busy time so far this year.

We participated in the Military Affairs Council Meeting in Honolulu, the State Legislature Opening Session, Capitol Visit, Business After Hours at Mehana Brewery, the Athena Award Luncheon and the President’s Club Golf Tournament.

As always we are busy with the Legislative Session—your Chamber Leadership is busy reviewing bills and testifying in support of or against them. There are numerous bills we have been following, including but not limited to, the Minimum Wage increase, Banyan Drive, Maunakea, Hilo Medical Center and the University of Hawaii-Hilo. There’s also County of Hawaii issues we will be monitoring and reviewing, including the Vacation Rental and GET increase bills.

Monitoring the Legislature is not an easy task, especially as we all have jobs, families and other community activities. The Legislature website may seem challenging. However, as we work through it, the process becomes easier to understand. As always should you have any questions understanding the process or with providing written testimony, please let us know so we can assist you.

Another challenge is the infamous “Gut and Replace” process the Legislature leadership continues to implement. That’s where they substitute new unrelated proposals in a bill moving through the process. Late last year the Legislature won a court case which ruled the “Gut and Replace” process was legal, so I guess we’ll continue to see this continue.

The one area I have not seen addressed, but which became very evident during the Con Am debate, is Hawaii’s high cost of living. We can’t do much with the high cost of housing, but certainly our leaders should address our bloated State and County Government. It seems the only answer our leaders have is to increase taxes or fees. None of us like it, but sometimes the unpopular answer is furloughs or layoffs.

Since 2009 the Hawaii economy has seen continuous growth, however, is a recession in the cards? Is a slowdown a result of a normal economic cycle or are we setting ourselves up for a recession? None of us wish for a recession and it is certainly our desire to see our economy continue on its positive course.

Mahalo and Aloha,

Gordon Takaki

“Progress is impossible without change and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
  George Bernard Shaw

March 2019 Chamber Connection Newsletter