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STANDING COMMITTEES

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Economic Development Committee

Economic Development Committee

This committee works to enhance the general business climate on Hawai‘i Island and to support a stable and healthy economy. The Committee also organizes informative presentations for members which focus on issues that affect businesses.

Teaching telescope at Halepōhaku

Click the link below to view the Chamber’s letter in support of the proposed relocation of the University of Hawaii`s teaching telescope to a site at Halepōhaku.

Support letter- UH teaching telescope

Chair:

HICC Vice-President Doug Simons, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope

Meetings:

3rd Thursday of each month, 11:30am

(Dates and times subject to change)

HouseMart and the Shidler Family Business Center of Hawai`i Luncheon Presentation

Southwest Airlines Luncheon Presentation

Government Affairs Committee (GAC)

Government Affairs Committee (GAC)

The Government Affairs Committee (GAC) monitors legislative measures at all levels of government that may affect the Hawai‘i Island Chamber of Commerce, its members, or the business community in general.  It works closely with the State chamber, The Chamber of Commerce HAWAII, and its alliance of Chambers of Commerce and trade business organizations to speak with one voice on issues of similar concern to legislators.  The GAC recommends a course of action to the Board of Directors, so the Board can make decisions that further the purpose and objectives of the Chamber.

HICC, with support from the GAC has also developed partnerships with other local Chambers of Commerce and business organizations to present a variety of moderated forums featuring election candidates and those addressing issues which affect our community. The purpose of these events is to educate our members and community about those issues which affect us.

Chair:

HICC President-elect David Bock, Hawaii Tribune-Herald

Meetings:

1st Tuesday of each month, 11:30am

(Dates and times subject to change)

Cost of Living Task Force Presentation with State and County Legislators

Finance Committee

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee manages the financial affairs of the Chamber so that it remains stable and fiscally sound.  The committee ensures that Chamber funds are well-spent and are in the members’ best interest. Additionally, the Finance Committee provides the Board with information pertaining to the financial condition and submits a report at least once a month to the Board for review.

Chair:

HICC Treasurer Lara Hughes, First Hawaiian Bank

Meetings:

3rd Monday of each month, 11:30am

(Dates and times subject to change)

Membership Committee

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee is responsible for developing marketing strategies to increase Chamber membership and support member retention.  This committee works with Chamber members to ensure that they are getting the best value from their membership.  Additional member benefits or improvements are handled by the Membership Committee. The Membership Committee offers quarterly New Member Orientation luncheons, where new members are introduced to the Chamber leadership and learn more about the benefits of Chamber membership.

Co-chairs:

HICC Directors Kapaelani Comstock, Kamehameha Schools Hawai`i and Kimberly Pua, Wesley R. Segawa & Associates, Inc.

Meetings:

2nd Friday of each month, 11:30am

(Dates and times subject to change)

New Member Orientation sponsored by Hawaiian Electric

New Member Orientation sponsored by W.H. Shipman, Ltd.

Social Committee

Social Committee

Networking at the Hawaii Plantation Museum Business After Hours

Business After Hours with Rider Levett Bucknall and Isemoto Contracting Co., Ltd.

The social and “fun” activities of HICC are coordinated by the Social Committee which promotes fellowship and networking among members and other Chambers of Commerce.  The Social Committee plans the Chamber’s near-monthly Business After Hours (pau hana) events and other member get-togethers.

Co-chairs:

HICC Director Lynn Nuniez and Cheryl Weaver, CU Hawaii Federal Credit Union

Meetings:

3rd Thursday of each month at 4:00pm

(Dates and times subject to change)

Social Committee

SPECIAL COMMITTEES

Military Affairs Committee 

Military Affairs Committee (MAC)

Our military is an integral part of our community and supports Hawaii’s economy and national security in significant ways.  The military is Hawaii’s second largest source of economic activity, contributing about $8-$10 billion annually and providing over 100,000 jobs across our State. The Military Affairs Committee (MAC) was formed in 2016 and serves as Hawaii Island’s partner for the Military Affairs Council of the state Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii. The Military Affairs Committee’s mission is aligned with that of the Military Affairs Council in focusing its priorities on the 3C’s—Commerce, Communications and Culture.

Chair:

HICC Director Keith Marrack, Edward Jones

Meetings:

2nd Wednesday of each month, 12:00pm

(Dates and times subject to change)

Pōhakuloa Training Area Visit

Luncheon Presentation with Lt. Col. JR Borce, Jr.

Administrative Professionals’Day Luncheon

Administrative Professionals’ Day Luncheon

Going Home Hawaii administrative professionals and friends celebrate with their giveaway prize.

2019 Administrative Professionals Day Luncheon

This committee organizes and hosts the Chamber’s Administrative Professionals’ Day Luncheon held in April. This popular event celebrates and honors the hardworking administrative professionals in our community with exciting giveaways, lucky number drawings, a delicious luncheon and outstanding entertainment. Entertainment at a recent AP Day event featured Hilo favorites Mark Yamanaka and Brittni Paiva.

 

Co-chairs:

Jon Miyata, Honua Ola Bioenergy and Taylor Escalona, HICC

Whitey Rose Memorial President’s Cup Golf Tournament

Whitey Rose Memorial President’s Cup Golf Tournament

The Golf Tournament Committee is responsible for planning and carrying out the Chamber’s Whitey Rose Memorial President’s Cup Golf Tournament held during the President’s Day weekend in February each year.  Named after past Chamber president and committee member Whitey Rose, the tournament is held as a fundraiser to support the Chamber and its endeavors.  Additionally, this event allows Chamber members and professionals to network and socialize with one another while supporting a good cause.  Many corporate sponsors donate goods or services as prizes or as auction items for the tournament.

Co-Chairs:

Newton Chu, Torkildson, Katz, Hetherington, Harris & Knorek and Richard Henderson, RSM, Inc.

2020 Whitey Rose Memorial President’s Cup Golf Tournament

Chamber Young Professionals Program

Chamber Young Professionals Program

Young Professionals Business After Hours at The Temple

Recession Comprehension Lunch & Learn with Dr. David Hammes, Professor Emeritus, UH Hilo College of Business

 

This energetic committee of young professionals organizes and host events for our younger members and their employees. Focusing on networking events and  topics relevant to the 21-39 year-old age demographic, this energetic group looks to develop other young business leaders through their Lunch & Learn Survival Skill Series, Exec-Connect events, and of course, their popular pau hana networking events.

Chair:

Dennis Lin, HPM Building Supply

Meetings:

2nd Thursday of each month, 4:00pm

(Dates and times subject to change)

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