Dear Members,

With the opening of air travel from continental U.S. and the travel bubble from Japan please be diligent  in wearing a face mask and adhering to the social distance rules so we all can benefit from the gradual opening of businesses in our State!

Thank you to some of you that have stepped forward in participating in our “One Ask” program. Your support continues to be appreciated. The Board of Directors continues to explore new ideas to add value to your membership. 

The introduction of our various virtual webinars have gone quite well.  Stay tuned for future events.  The creation of a series of mini events tied to Chopsticks & Wine by the Ways & Means committee led by Steve Teruya and Marc Nakamoto and his team has been an outstanding success. The Japan Business Relations committee led by Rika Hirata had member Mitsue Varley, Vice President, Hawaii Tourism Japan discussing the preparation to welcome visitors from Japan and updates on the market situation. Her information was very interesting.

We have also initiated a member's reach out program.  The primary purpose is to spend a few minutes to gather feedback about our programs and to obtain suggestions for future initiatives.  The hope is to engage with all of you for a few minutes.  Chair of the Board Jason Ito and myself with  volunteers from our Board have commenced calling.  So far the feedback from our members have been very positive.

As part of our 120th Anniversary Celebration during 2020 we are offering logo Shirts manufactured by Nike as a limited edition item.  They are selling for $65 for one, two for $60 and 3 or more for $55.  Contact us if you need further information.

We have re-assigned all membership area task between Mina Sakai ([email protected]) and Merilyn Oda ([email protected]) to assist Mai Shiomi ([email protected]) who has internal communication and digital social media.

Please continue to support all of our members who are open for business during these challenging times.  Please do not hesitate to call our office at 949-5531 if we can assist you in anyway.  My email address is [email protected]

Let’s all continue to work together!

Wayne T. Ishihara
President & CEO
Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce
(808) 949-5531 x1
[email protected]