Hello HJCC friends!
I had the pleasure to participate in two HJCC events last month that were truly forward-thinking and thought-provoking. Both events centered on the future of Hawaii and served as a call-to-action for anyone, everyone who loves our island home.
The first event was Game Changers, featuring Henk Rogers from Blue Planet Foundation. Henk’s “gamer to game changer” story was fascinating and kept the 300+ attendees in rapt attention. He spoke about how he got his start in the business world, the terse but highly successful conversation he had with a Japanese executive to land the acquisition of the Tetris license, to his vision for a Hawaii (and for a world) that reverses the effects of climate change and thrives on 100% renewable energy.
The second event was the Government Affairs Committee’s Executive Seminar with Chris Tatum from the Hawaii Tourism Authority. The topic was Sustainable Tourism, but the presentation and resulting Q&A focused on much more. Chris went on to talk about the importance of infusing the Hawaiian culture in all that we do. He also spoke about how we as individuals and as business people need to give back to the larger community in order to assure success in the future.
It was interesting how both events were organized for separate reasons and different audiences, but found a common thread – the need to do what’s right to preserve our special Hawaii quality of life. Henk and Chris both shared their passion and their belief to not take anything for granted. We can all take a page from their book and do our part to minimize climate change as well as be a part of the sustainability solution.
Thank you to Myles Shibata and his Game Changers committee (Randall Chung, Rachel Fukumoto, Larry Ishii, Derek Kaneshiro, Kari Kiyota, Jennifer Okubo and Lani Shinsato), to the Government Affairs Committee led by Peter Hamasaki and to member Keith Regan for their coordination and leadership with these two valuable events.
Thank you for these experiences and let’s continue to share and strengthen the HJCC!
Chair of the Board
Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce – 2018-2019
Regional Marketing Manager
McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii