The Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce (HJCC) committee and board members has been very active this summer and now into the start of the Fall season, developing excellent programs and initiatives to offer members opportunities for engagement.
On October 11th the HJCC held a very successful 15th Annual Chopsticks & Wine with the theme of “Pau Hana Pa’ina, Grinds Wines and Finds”, Over 1,000 members and guests enjoyed sampling of elections of over 100 different wines, sake, and beers, dishes from 18 restaurants and dining options, and an opportunity to bid on over 250 items at the silent auction. What a terrific event enjoyed by all, with lots of mixing, mingling, and introductions to new business connections.
A big MAHALO to our Event Co-Chairs, Melanie Okazaki, Regional Marketing Manager McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii and Jon Tsukamoto, Vice President Morgan Stanley Wealth Management for their leadership and creativity, their event committee members and the many, many volunteers, and to our own HJCC staff, Nicole, Merilyn, Mai, Mina, and Wayne who all contributed their time and talent to make this 15th anniversary a fun, memorable and successful event. Little did the founding committee members think this event would grow from the first year at Bishop Museum with 500 people to today, at over 1,000!
The HJCC Women’s Diversity Initiative committee held a successful event at the Pacific Club titled “Balancing Professional and Personal Challenges” with dynamic table conversations hosted by key female leaders in our business community. We thank Chair Kristi Inkinen Yanagihara, Remedy Intelligent Staffing, for her leadership with the committee to continue to develop unique programs for our female members that are relevant and engaging.
This year’s 38th Annual Commitment to Excellence Art Exhibition held in August at the Honolulu Museum of Art School featuring Hawaii’s up-and-coming artists was a big success. The event was created to support the “business of art” in our Japanese–American community and has evolved to be a showcase of artists of all ethnicities over the years. The selected art pieces were on exhibit for our community, and were offered for sale to individual art lovers and organizations looking for art for offices or their business. The art community is very appreciative of the HJCC for its long history of supporting the “business of art”.
Your board leadership and over 20 selected Board and members from diverse backgrounds including Chamber engagement, gender, demographics and industry have offered many volunteer hours over the late summer and September to contribute insight and ideas toward the HJCC 2020 Strategic Planning Process.
Our desired outcome is to develop a plan for the future, keeping in mind our important legacy and values of the HJCC as we look at growth of membership, greater member engagement and business development among members, and impact in our communities-both here in Hawaii and in Japan.
Our next steps will be to refine the input and prepare for presentation to the Board in November. Thank you to Committee Chair Brian Nishida, Step Stone Business Development, Tyler Tokioka, Island Insurance, and HJCC President Wayne Ishihara for their important role on the Steering Committee.
Mark your calendar and check our web site for details for our annual HJCC “Game Changers” event on November 16, 2016 featuring a panel of leaders in our business community, including UH Men’s Basketball Coach Eran Ganot.
We are excited to re-start the HJCC Social media platform on Facebook with a re-launch of a new page in October to keep all members and friends of the HJCC updated on programs, events, and member updates.
I encourage you to take advantage of HJCC’s many activities and networking events where members exchange ideas, learn, and share. Our activities offer members opportunities to develop long-lasting relationships which foster trust and transparency to build better business relations in our community, and with partner communities in Japan.
Our programs and interactions solidify our mission of “Members Supporting Members.”
Thank you for your support and passionate engagement.
Chair of the Board
Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce
President and CEO
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