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President’s Message – June 2022

By: David Bock, President

It’s already the end of the fiscal year. My, how time flies.

In July, my one-year term as president of the HICC comes to an end.

Being president has been an honor and a privilege. The past 12 months have been a whirlwind, but I’m proud to say the Chamber accomplished a lot during that time.

My goal as president was simply to stay the course: to make sure we did everything possible to sustain the organization and support our members during the unprecedented challenge and disruption created by COVID-19.

I believe we succeeded. We were able to keep our members engaged and connected, and through our lobbying efforts, we continued to fight to make our community and the state as business-friendly as possible.

I’m also happy to report that despite the pandemic, the HICC itself is in good shape, both financially and in terms of memberships. One-hundred and twenty-four years, and still going strong!

That said, serving as president during the era of COVID-19 has at times been bittersweet. The HICC was unable to have most of the in-person events that have become the hallmark of the organization. 

As much as I’ve enjoyed attending the Chamber’s Zoom events, it’s just not the same as networking and sharing fellowship in person. As immediate past president, I will look forward to attending a full slate of in-person events during the upcoming fiscal year.

Before I sign off, a sincere mahalo to the wonderful HICC Executive Committee: President-elect Doug Simons (Institute for Astronomy), Randy Kurohara (Creative Arts and Community Firsts), Lara Sonoda (First Hawaiian Bank), Kapaelani Comstock (Kamehameha Schools) and Toby Taniguchi (KTA Super Stores). It would have been impossible to serve without their support and guidance.

Mahalo also to the HICC Board of Directors. It’s a diverse group of community leaders, and their participation, passion and professionalism were much-appreciated.

Lastly, thank you to Executive Officer Miles Yoshioka and Taylor Escalona of the HICC office. It has been a joy working with them. They truly are the heartbeat of the HICC.


David Bock