Aloha, HJCC members!
Ever since becoming a member of the HJCC, I eagerly look forward to this time of the year…
Reason #1: Chopsticks & Wine
This is one of my favorite HJCC events! In addition to being a signature event of the HJCC, it is also a way for me to reconnect with members and to make new friends. We get to do this in a fun, relaxing way over delicious food and beverages served from a variety of local restaurants and vendors. Committee chair Jon Tsukamoto and his hard working crew did a fantastic job of presenting another fine event. Congratulations to all of them!
Reason #2: The conclusion of Chopsticks & Wine signals…
…the beginning of the holiday season! For me, this means that Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner. It’s a nice reminder that I need to begin to thoughtfully add in more “family time” to celebrate this special season.
This is also a wonderful time to thank our HJCC family who have tirelessly helped us throughout the year…so on that note, I’d like to give a big shout-out to the HJCC staff who dedicate their time and effort to assure us of smooth, efficient operations. Mahalo to President and CEO Wayne Ishihara, Office Manager/Director of Accounting Merilyn Oda, Assistant Office Manager/Japan Specialist/Project Coordinator Mina Sakai, Membership/Events Coordinator Mai Shiomi and Communications/Digital Marketing/Events Coordinator Justin Kanda!
And another part of our HJCC family is the Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce! This energetic group of young people, led by President Kristin Alm Kamakahi, are also getting ready for their busy season…the start of their signature Cherry Blossom Festival in early spring. The HJJCC have a variety of activities and events to herald the CBF, so more information to come soon!
Reason #3: Shinnen Enkai is coming!
This is another one of my favorites! I love the cultural traditions embodied in this event – the celebration of a New Year with friends by sharing a meal and enjoying the antics of the latest batch of dorobo – the infamous cast of the Shiranami Gonin Otoko play. For those of you who have not attended, this is also an event that is not-to-be-missed! Tickets will go on sale shortly, so get them early as this event promises to be sold out once again this year. I’m sure event co-chairs Rick Mishima and Ina Chang have a wonderful experience planned for all.
Before I conclude, I’d like to recognize two people:
- Member Mark Fukunaga, Chairman and CEO of Servco Pacific, Inc. and CEO of Servco Pacific Capital has been named Hawaii Business magazine’s CEO of the Year. Under Fukunaga’s leadership, Servco Pacific, Inc. has grown into the state’s largest privately owned company, employing more than 2,000 people and with anticipated revenues of $2 billion. He will be profiled in the December issue of the magazine and recognized at a breakfast event on December 6. Congratulations, Mark!
- Consul General Koichi Ito recently hosted a gathering of the Quad Chambers of Commerce at a networking event at his residence. Members from the Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, and Korean Chambers of Commerce enjoyed an evening of fellowship, food and entertainment. Thank you to Consul General Ito and his staff for organizing this much-appreciated event.
To all of you, my best wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends!
Chair of the Board
Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce – 2018-2019
Regional Marketing Manager
McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii