Honolulu—The Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce (HJCC) has appointed Wayne Ishihara president and chief executive officer. Ishihara has been president of the HJCC since 2009, when he retired from American Savings Bank as the Senior Vice President for Operations and a member of the Executive Management Team. As president and chief executive officer, Ishihara will continue to focus on strengthening US-Hawaii and Japan relations and will lead HJCC in managing its Strategic Plan adopted by the Board of Directors in 2016.
“I am honored to lead the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce with its commitment to connecting businesses, fostering friendships and promoting mālama ka ‘āina—efforts and contributions that value our island home,” Ishihara said.
Ishihara has a distinguished career of 42 years in banking, business, and community service with a focus on strengthening US-Hawaii and Japan relations and economic development. He was awarded the Spring 2017 Imperial Decoration of the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays (Kyokujitsu Sokosho or KUNSHO), recognizing his many years of contributions toward promoting economic ties and mutual understanding between the United States (Hawaii) and Japan. In 2017, he also was instrumental in creating and organizing a first-of-its-kind Hawaii-Japan leadership and mentoring program—the Hawaii-Hiroshima Emerging Young Business Leaders.
Ishihara’s previous affiliations include the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, the United Japanese Society, and the Honolulu-Hiroshima Kenjin Kai. He has supported Japan-related events in Hawaii such as the Honolulu and Pan Pacific Festival. He also coordinated business support and disaster relief in the wake of the Tohoku tsunami in March 2011 and the Hiroshima earthquake in August 2014, and fundraising efforts for the Sadako Crane exhibit at the World War II Valor of the Pacific Memorial at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Established in 1900, the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce is one of Honolulu’s major business organizations, representing a cross-section of the city’s businesses, industries and professions. With a Pacific-wide view of business and economic development, the Chamber is committed to connecting businesses, fostering friendships and promoting mālama ka ‘āina—efforts and contributions that value our island home.