Dear Members & Supporters of the HJCC,

As we transition in leadership from Wayne Ishihara to myself, I want to first of all thank Wayne for his years of great work for the Chamber.

As President & CEO, I look forward to working with Chair Rika Hirata, the executive committee and members of the board in fulfilling our mission.  “We are an organization founded for the promotion of business and economic growth in Hawaii based upon the principal, Members Supporting Members.”  Everything we do should be in support of achieving our mission.

Chair Hirata’s theme this year is “Pass on our Legacy to our Next Generation” encouraging all to incorporate fresh ideas to evolve into a “new” organization while still maintaining the legacy and tradition that the HJCC has cultivated through our 120-years+ in existence.  I could not agree with her more.

One of my priorities will be to focus on membership, the membership composition and the symbiotic relationship of our members in executing our mission of members supporting members.  Our strategic plan is clear that membership is the life-line in providing the financial sustainability of our organization.  Chopsticks & Wine and the Samurai Classic Golf Tournament will continue to be our major fundraising events appealing to both members, non-members and potential members to supplement our operating budget.

Other events serve to support our members’ interests and provides a means for members in networking, developing management skills such as project management, public speaking and group presentations by their participation on committees in collaboration with our seasoned members.  And we will continue to support our community through our Laulima program.

I welcome all members to get involved and participate to realize the maximum value you can get out of your membership with the HJCC !

Steven J. Teruya
President & CEO
Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce
808-949-5531 Ext. 1
[email protected]

January 2022